“Our whole history shows we have never fought a defensive
war.” : --USMC General
Smedley Butler, 1933
It is well documented that all governments lie. It is also well known that
they lie more when it comes to war. A government that proposes to carry out
war that will not end in our lifetimes lies incessantly and we must stop giving
it our allegiance. We must refuse to give it our children. Let us evict the
military recruiters from our schools and the nation’s shopping malls.
Without fodder the cannons of militarism and empire cannot function.
Our soldiers have nothing to gain by going to war and everything to lose. War
is a rich man’s device that, if the truth were known, ignores the will
of the people who have no say in it. Modern wars have no heroes but they inevitably
produce atrocities and countless innocent victims. There can be no moral justification
for civilized people of any nationality taking up arms against one another,
unless one nation is directly assaulted by another. War is the tool of barbarians
and tyrants and they are provoked by cowards hiding in safe places.
The underlying reasons for war are always cloaked in darkness and secrecy;
otherwise, no sane person would fight them and we would be forced to live in
relative accord. Our Plutocratic rulers, however, believe that war is more profitable
than peace. Defense contractors cannot make billions by waging peace. Besides,
what U.S. president would boast of being the “peace time” president?
There is no bravado in peace. Armed to the teeth, the American hero, as exemplified
by and glorified in Hollywood, are invariably men of extreme violence.
While those who initiate war invariably cloak their intentions in the
language of patriotism, wars always have economic and ideological causes. In
America the causes of war have their origins in corporate Plutocracy. Here,
war is initiated at the behest of a corporation or a group of corporations doing
business in a foreign country. The usual cause is that a foreign government
has imposed some kind of restriction upon one these corporations. In the most
virulent cases these countries will not allow their natural capital to be plundered
by corporate marauders or privatized and exported. Some countries even insist
upon public ownership of their raw materials which makes them the greatest menace
Nations that have not adopted capitalism as their religion traditionally refuse
to allow their resources or their people to be exploited for profit. These nations
nationalize their assets and rather than invading and occupying other nations,
they provide free health care, unlimited education and other programs of social
and spiritual uplift to their citizens. These are the dangers of socialism and
communism that we were indoctrinated against since birth; the greatest scourge
of evil the world has ever known. This is what they teach us in school and it
is ingrained in our psyche to the grave.
Using the tax base for the public good, to create a prosperous peace time economy
for all, of course, is positively un-American and anti-capitalist. It is a dangerous
ideology that must not be allowed to spread, lest it result in eruptions of
democracy, prolonged outbursts of peace and the equitable distribution of goods
and wealth. If allowed to flourish, socialism would mean the abolition of Plutocracy
and the end of socioeconomic class divisions. It would mean the emancipation
of the working class from their Plutocratic rulers.
The Plutocrats know in their hearts of stone that the people lack the intelligence
and wisdom to self govern. They know that we require leaders who are our moral
and intellectual superiors who can teach us the value of free markets, fair
trade, conquest, private ownership and insatiable greed. Thank God, we have
them to look after us and to grind us into hamburger for consumption by the
In a nutshell, that is what war is about as it pertains to the American experiment.
There are no noble causes to fight and die for. War is about private ownership
of everything and everyone; the commodification of nature and people, subjugated
to rule by a corrupt global economic elite. War is the result of humankind’s
oldest and worst nemesis—greed and lust for power over the lives of others.
War is comprised of roughly equal parts racism, fervent nationalism, propaganda
and lies, herd mentality, religion, and the private ownership of materials and
labor. War is the sum of humankind’s worst attributes, bought and paid
for in blood.
As terrible as war is, perhaps it exacts its greatest toll on the combatants
themselves—the soldiers. Acting in the belief that they are spreading
light into the darkness of the world they are, in fact, doing exactly the opposite.
They are stamping out the light of understanding, rationality, and hope. The
soldier thus becomes the horrible thing they are vainly trying to destroy. All
of this is possible because they have blindly followed men without hearts and
conscience, men devoid of souls, who have misled them into the burning depths
of hell from which there is no way out.
This is the sad reality we are witnessing in Iraq and the 135 nations where
our armed forces are stationed, carrying out the sociopathic agenda of global
domination and empire. Those whose minds are not truly their own are susceptible
to control by the psychopaths who would use them for evil, just as soldiers
have traditionally been the pawns of kings and emperors through the ages.
The lies espoused by our so called leaders do not matter on the battlefield.
They do not matter when the bodies come home in oversized cardboard boxes, hauled
by fork lifts to airport curbs and deposited at the feet of grief-stricken families
like a commodity. In a sense, that is what they are. This is war’s assembly
line, where the bodies are packaged and sent home like a parcel, with the flag
as a corporate logo printed on a box with the stamp “Made in America”;
where lives are converted into cash for the global elite, a gift from the Plutocracy.
Smedley Butler was right when he said in 1933 that war
is a racket. It still is and always will be. War is the ultimate contempt for
life; the ultimate betrayal of human potential.
Charles Sullivan is a photographer, free lance writer
and social activist residing somewhere in the hinterland of West Virginia. He
welcomes your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org
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