ON MEMORIAL DAY, AMERICA SHOPS, EATS, DRINKS, FORGETS
POLITICIANS & GENERALS PAY LIP SERVICE TO THE VICTIMS
OF THEIR OWN POWER-HUNGER AND RANK INCOMPETENCE
"In Flanders Fields - Lest We Forget"
Number One on the Hit Parade, 1918
No Matter What They Say, War Will Never End, And Our Loved Ones Will Go On Dying For No Reason
How many more of these fake remembrances will we have to live through? We don't remember, we don't learn, and we don't respect the sacrifices of our casualties of war. There will always be another war, no matter what those heroes did for us all.
"We have always been at war with Eurasia." We live in a National Security State, in a permanent State of Emergency, in a never-ending war that serves only to enrich the few and impoverish the many. If we were a democracy, in a truly "free world," we would end this today. But we are a plutocracy, a bunch of peasants who are nothing but cannon-fodder and a source of more and more wealth to the already obscenely wealthy few sociopaths who rule over us without regard for our lives.
For thousands of years, people all over the world have been called upon to brutally slaughter their fellow human beings for absolutely no reason. The simple act of peaceful cooperation could have averted every war, just as it always has in our families and in our neighborhoods. But there is not enough power or money in that for our self-appointed leaders. By keeping us all living in fear of each other, we are easier to control. By carrying out an endless series of phony wars, the public treasury remains permanently open, and no check is too big to sign if it "guarantees our security and our freedom." But we will never be free or secure as long as we go on signing those checks.
Republican, Democrat, conservative, liberal, socialist, libertarian, communist, Fascist, monarchist, theocrat, it makes no difference. As long as we allow ourselves to be ruled by anyone, we will never be free or secure or at peace or prosperous. Our life's blood and our treasure will flow and these monsters who rule over us will benefit until we stop them. Let's try to remember that, every Memorial Day.
If we really wanted to honor our dead, we would never fight another war.
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Puowaina Crater: Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific.
An Hawaii family mourns a loved one.
Private King was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field on the first day of World War Two in America. He had just turned 29.
Private White, 22, was killed in the final assault on the Japanese home islands, at Okinawa, six weeks before the end of the war.
Cremated remains are immured in the columbarium niches.
Tech Sgt Kobashigawa won the Medal of Honor for his actions in Italy in 1944 with the 100th, a Nisei Battalion. The Medal was not awarded until 2000, because Kobashigawa was a Japanese-American.
Generation after generation, the wars continue. Senior Master Sergeant Avila, 54.
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