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The Best Way To Honor War Veterans Is To Stop Creating Them

The US will be celebrating Veterans Day tomorrow, and many a striped flag shall be waved. The social currency of esteem will be used to elevate those who have served in the US military, thereby ensuring future generations of recruits to be thrown into the gears of the globe-spanning war machine.

Veterans Day is not a holiday to honor the men and women who have dutifully protected their country. The youngest Americans who arguably defended their nation from a real threat to its shores are in their nineties, and soon there won’t be any of them left. Every single person who has served in the US military since the end of the second World War has protected nothing other than the agendas of global hegemony, resource control and war profiteering. They have not been fighting and dying for freedom and democracy, they have been fighting and dying for imperialism, Raytheon profit margins, and crude oil.

I just said something you’re not supposed to say. People have dedicated many years of their lives to the service of the US military; they’ve given their limbs to it, they’ve suffered horrific brain damage for it, they’ve given their very lives to it. Families have been ripped apart by the violence that has been inflicted upon members of the US Armed Forces; you’re not supposed to let them hear you say that their loved one was destroyed because some sociopathic nerds somewhere in Washington decided that it would give America an advantage over potential economic rivals to control a particular stretch of Middle Eastern dirt. But it is true, and if we don’t start acknowledging that truth lives are going to keep getting thrown into the gears of the machine for the power and profit of a few depraved oligarchs. So I’m going to keep saying it.

Last week I saw the hashtag #SaluteToService trending on Twitter. Apparently the NFL had a deal going where every time someone tweeted that hashtag they’d throw a few bucks at some veteran’s charity. Which sounds sweet, until you consider three things:
1. The NFL’s ten wealthiest team owners are worth a combined $61 billion.
2. The NFL has taken millions of dollars from the Pentagon for displays of patriotism on the field, including for the policy of bringing all players out for the national anthem every game starting in 2009 (which led to Colin Kaepernick’s demonstrations and the obscene backlash against him).
3. VETERANS SHOULD NOT HAVE TO RELY ON FUCKING CHARITY.

Seriously, how is “charity for veterans” a thing, and how are people not extremely weirded out by it? How is it that you can go out and get your limbs blown off for slave wages after watching your friends die and innocent civilians perish, come home, and have to rely on charity to get by? How is it that you can risk life and limb killing and suffering irreparable psychological trauma for some plutocrat’s agendas, plunge into poverty when you come home, and then see the same plutocrat labeled a “philanthropist” because he threw a few tax-deductible dollars at a charity that gave you a decent prosthetic leg?

Taking care of veterans should be factored into the budget of every act of military aggression. If a government can’t make sure its veterans are housed, healthy and happy in a dignified way for the rest of their lives, it has no business marching human beings into harm’s way. The fact that you see veterans on the street of any large US city and people who fought in wars having to beg “charities” for a quality mechanical wheelchair shows you just how much of a pathetic joke this Veterans Day song and dance has always been.

They’ll send you to mainline violence and trauma into your mind and body for the power and profit of the oligarchic rulers of the US-centralized empire, but it’s okay because everyone gets a long weekend where they’re told to thank you for your service. Bullshit.

https://twitter.com/HopeInTheUSA/status/1061310500707942402

Veterans Day, like so very, very much in American culture, is a propaganda construct designed to lubricate the funneling of human lives into the chamber of a gigantic gun. It glorifies evil, stupid, meaningless acts of mass murder to ensure that there will always be recruits who are willing to continue perpetrating it, and to ensure that the US public doesn’t wake up to the fact that its government’s insanely bloated military budget is being used to unleash unspeakable horrors upon the earth.

The only way to honor veterans, really, truly honor them, is to help end war and make sure no more lives are put into a position where they are on the giving or receiving end of evil, stupid, meaningless violence. The way to do that is to publicly, loudly and repeatedly make it clear that you do not consent to the global terrorism being perpetrated in your name. These bastards work so hard conducting propaganda to manufacture your consent for endless warmongering because they need that consent. So don’t give it to them.

Your rulers have never feared the Koreans, the Vietnamese, the Iraqis, the terrorists, the Iranians, the Chinese or the Russians. They fear you. They fear the American public suddenly waking up to the evil things that are being done in your name and using your vast numbers to shrug off the existing power structures without firing a shot, as easily as removing a heavy coat on a warm day. If enough of you loudly withdraw your consent for their insatiable warmongering, that fear will be enough to keep them in check.

This Veterans Day, don’t honor those who have served by giving reverence and legitimacy to a war machine which is exclusively used for inflicting great evil. Honor them by disassembling that machine.

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  • You wield a wicked keyboard, Lady!
    I can’t decide what more astounds me more,
    Your penetrating perception,
    Or your power of expression.
    But of one thing I am certain.
    You are a WORLD CLASS thinker!

  • I’m getting really tired of ‘beating around the bush’ about this—Those corporate and other interests that foment these wars (and that covers just about ALL wars) are MORALLY BANKRUPT. The civilians who volunteer or are drafted to fight those wars are ALSO MORALLY BANKRUPT. No excuses are acceptable from the civilians, since nothing about those wars will provide them any advantage or benefit (both literally and figuratively), and certainly the threat of spending a little time in a federal confinement facility is NOTHING compared to selling out your entire moral base and trying to live with that for the rest of your life. Just as in a financial bankruptcy, they can wallow in it and abdicate their responsibility for their part in it, or they can find a way out of it by trying to make amends to those they have warred against and teaching others about the evil in which they participated.

    I DO NOT support the troops but hate the war. I hate the troops just as much, perhaps even more, because they help PERPETUATE the wars by their participation. It’s about time we get clear on this….

    • Thank you, Kenneth, for stating so clearly what absolutely needs to be stated clearly.
      If anyone truly desires to end war, the worst way to do that is to keep enlisting, and supporting your children to enlist. If there are no soldiers, there cannot be any war. Although, robots remain a factor, because those morally bankrupt agencies thrive on war, and they will find a way to perpetuate it. We do not have to sacrifice ourselves, our sons and our daughters to “serve” this leviathan. It will be just fine on its own, and meanwhile, we can keep our souls.

  • BUT American military service is now “all volunteer” which means it’s not exactly “slave labor” unless you consider the tradeoff possibly being the suicidal-homicidal PTSD or other serious physical injuries that comes with signing up for war. In fact significant signing and re-upping bonuses now must be paid to attract (bribe?) enough “volunteers.” I’ve read that a drone pilot (who actually doesn’t risk loss of his own limbs) gets paid $400,000 to sign on for 10 years, in addition to regular, high salary) so not exactly “slave labor.”

    In fact the post Vietnam MIC’s getting rid of “slave labor” draft was/is a critical part of why Americans just don’t care about their bombing and wars on foreigners: https://consortiumnews.com/2018/02/04/recipe-concocted-for-perpetual-war-is-a-bitter-one/

  • “Americans who arguably defended their nation from a real threat to its shores are in their nineties”

    This statement ignores the fact that all sides of WWII were funded by the same banking oligarchs, as was WWI.

    Remember, the history taught in our indoctrination centers is designed to support the War Machine.

    “I just said something you’re not supposed to say.”

  • A fundamental obstacle to stopping the ‘War Machine’ is the fact that the MIC includes many millions of workers since it has spread its tentacles, via the taxpayers, into virtually every segment of the economy.

    When all of the family members, of all of the willing participants of the War Machine, are included, the total number of individuals on the take becomes much larger.

    And, of course, this is by design……..

  • Caitlin
    With this one, you knocked it out of the ballpark. Good idea for a book. I support you through Patreon.

  • “Australia’s Banks tell Royal Commission: Don’t you change us—or else!”

    http://cecaust.com.au/releases/2018_11_09_Banks_Tell_Royal_Commission.html

  • In 1968, as a wet behind the ears draftie, I fell for the army propaganda, believing I was doing my duty towards my newly adopted country of Australia. The “Yellow Peril” echoed through my naive ears! Opting to go to Nam, instead of rotting in a jail in Puckapunyal as a Conscientious Objector. Six weeks into my tour of duty, it dawned on me that I had swolled the BS, hook, line and sinker. We, as are all soldiers, cannon fodder for the military industrial complex. Refusing to glorify war, I have never marched in an Anzac Day Parade, but sit quietly for the day, honouring my mates and all who died, got injured or got f*****d over. Nobody wins a war, both sides lose. 3 years ago, I conducted a little private ceremony on my decking and threw all my medals into the ravine below. That story is well and truly over for me, but as you so succinctly describe Caitlin, this horror is not over for many. Thanks for drawing attention to this!

  • Caitlin, thank you for always speaking the truth. This article will most likely be torn to shreads by the PC police on “the View”, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Brilliantly expressed.

  • None of the wars have been honorable wars–they’ve all been engineered–ultimately to extract resources from the civilian population of “useless eaters”–with the Tribe of War presiding.

    Putting that aside–as it always is–Caitlin made some comments in a previous post on how men are the ultimate culprits for all things gone astray. My FB friend and well known Utuber– Doreen Donat [Israeli Torah expert] states that women are very much involved in the demise–and in fact– my be leading it.

    My personal experience is limited to watching mothers [of boyhood friends] hand over their sons to the war machine [Vietnam, Iraq, etc.], as if they were sending them away to camp–only to have them come back mangled and depraved?

    And I’m always confronted women who arrogantly proclaim to me that they don’t do politics because–apparently–it’s just to banal–for such a highly advanced creatures. Probably so, but on the other hand, a falling nuclear bomb is probably not surgical enough to differentiate between the singers and the hummers.

    So what to ladies [and of course men]–turn of your TV’s [the matrix remix control center] and get involved in the political/cultural processes like your children’s lives depended on it.

  • 11.11.11.11 The 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Armistice that ended the slaughter of the First World War a century ago is worth a moment of remembrance.

    50 years ago when I was in the streets my mantra, and that of others, was “Support our troops, bring them home alive, Now”. That did not work so well then, it took many lives and years to stop that war.

    The slaughter we have wrought this millennium puts America between Idi Amin and Pol Pot in the pantheon of mass murderers, with no end in sight. I despair.

  • 11.11.11.11 The 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The Armistice that ended the slaughter of the First World War a century ago is worth a moment of remembrance.

    50 years ago when I was in the streets my mantra, and that of others, was “Support our troops, bring them home alive, Now”. That did not work so well then, it took many lives and years to stop that war.

    The slaughter we have wrought this millennium puts America between Id Amin and Pol Pot in the pantheon of mass murderers, with no end in sight. I despair.

    • I apologize for the double post, please delete this one.

  • From Wilfred Owen’s poem “Disabled:”

    Now, he will spend a few sick years in institutes,

    And do what things the rules consider wise,

    And take whatever pity they may dole.

  • We will never win the competition for American minds as far as war is concerned. Americans support most of our wars at the beginning. That is when the national propaganda machine works overtime. The pro-war propaganda comes at us from every direction, print, TV, and radio, Pentagon, war industry, parents(!), school, textbooks. If there is no pro-war propaganda, there is silence. Our war propagandists are primarily concerned to push war before we being fighting and for a while afterwards. We have short attention spans. The war industry knows that stopping a conflict is nearly impossible. Refer to the Middle East, Vietnam, AFGH and the growing anti-Russia/anti-China fear mongering and our $700 billion+ war budget.

  • I commemorated the 100 anniversary of the end of WWI by taking a walk in the golden leafed woods and visiting a 150-year-old mammoth beech tree known here as “l’Hêtre de la Bataille” (the Battle Beech tree). It survived the Franco-Prussian and two world wars.

  • “They fear the American public suddenly waking up to the evil things that are being done in your name and using your vast numbers to shrug off the existing power structures without firing a shot, as easily as removing a heavy coat on a warm day.”
    ===
    I disagree. What the Elite fear is the outbreak of Peace, not retribution and I have come to believe that US voters feel much the same way. Here’s why both have that fear:
    ..
    h…ttps://www.governmentcontractswon.com/search.asp?type=dt
    ..
    Select on the drop-down list Virginia, then hit “Go” and behold the billions that Virginia (a state that has about 8.5 million people) contractors get year after year after year. In 2017 alone, Virginia war contractors were “awarded” 61,576 contracts worth $43.1 BILLION. Here’s the question. How many Virgina voters are going to vote for an outright peacenik presidential candidate in 2020? Answer: a tiny fraction of voters.
    ..
    The problem is that Virginia, etc. voters are suffering none of the typical horrors of war, but this is IMO going to soon change.
    ..
    The Golden Golem of Greatness and Yosemite Sam have decided to pull the US out of the INF treaty. The dynamic duo might very well follow this by stationing short and intermediate range nuclear missiles in all the new NATO countries that James Baker promised Gorby would never be part of NATO — a promise that Mrs. Clinton’s husband, President Bill “Cigar” Clinton, broke just a few short years later. Should the US actually do that, it would mean that the US could then conduct a possibly successful first nuclear strike on Russian targets, wiping out most or even all of them.
    ..
    Mr. Putin knows how many false flag operations that US “intelligence” agencies have conducted over the last hundred years to serve as domestic pretexts for unleashing the US military. The US could first move all those missiles right up to Russia’s eastern border. Then one of those “intelligence” agencies could actually carry out a real-life “Operation Nothwoods” h……….ttps://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=92662&page=1 INSIDE the US; and even before the sentence “the Russians did it!” could be finished, launch an all-out nuclear strike on Russia (and maybe China), not even giving Russia time to refute the allegation — in the same way that Agent Orange launched those missiles against Syria after the White Helmets conducted a false-flag chemical attack after blaming it on Mr. Assad. All it took was “animal Assad did it!” and the missiles flew.
    ..
    We also all know how much the US just loves conducting “preemptive” strikes on other nations that it for even the flimsiest reasons feels are threatening it. It is very rare that other nations follow the US’s logic and conduct preemptive strikes against the US because the US would massively retaliate. For example, even though 9/11 could have easily and justifiably been understood as long-overdue “payback” for US meddling in the middle east and other parts of the world since the 1950s, the US took it as an unprovoked strike and we see what hell the US has unleashed on the world ever since.
    ..
    I was wondering what I would do if I were in Mr. Putin’s shoes should the US install nuclear missiles on Russia’s western border when I suddenly remembered the “old” movie “The Sum of All Fears”
    h…….ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4Y-0Pun2Eg
    It was released in 1991 (but was probably filmed two years earlier because post-production can easily consumer 2 years). In short, this movie was made during the disintegration of the USSR and has a very interesting plot that includes a nuclear weapon being detonated in Baltimore. In short, the Russians DIDN’T do it!, but it took hero Jack Ryan (played by Ben Affleck) to prove that that was the case. Nuclear WWIII was avoided.
    ..
    Now, if I were Mr. Putin and I had witnessed what the US has done to the world over only the past 28 years, just exactly HOW would I protect Russia from an IMO increasingly-certain, likely-false-flag-justified, all-out attack by the US that I would have no time to retaliate against? (What could Assad have done to prove that he did NOT use chemical weapons and avoided being attacked? What could Mr. Putin have done to disprove an ALLEGATION of poisoning the Skripals and avoid all the sanctions?) Would I have literally ANY other option than to strike the US mainland preemptively (say using a 100-megaton nuclear weapon secreted into say Washington rather than Baltimore, and exploding it on a day when the entire federal bureaucracy would very likely be vaporized rather than a football stadium and a small surrounding area)? As impossible as this scenario may seem to people who have so far been sheltered from the consequences of their government’s war on the world, it is IMO an increasingly likely possibility.

    • “The Golden Golem of Greatness and Yosemite Sam have decided to pull the US out of the INF treaty. The dynamic duo might very well follow this by stationing short and intermediate range nuclear missiles in all the new NATO countries that James Baker promised Gorby would never be part of NATO — a promise that Mrs. Clinton’s husband, President Bill “Cigar” Clinton, broke just a few short years later. Should the US actually do that, it would mean that the US could then conduct a possibly successful first nuclear strike on Russian targets, wiping out most or even all of them.
      ..”

      There’s one small bug in this “strategy”: Russian submarines are adequate to the task, all by themselves to annihilate the USA. And as we know, subs are mobile and very difficult to track. The current tactic of our proxy – NATO – to activate missile installations ON RUSSIA’S PHYSICAL BORDER is madness, pure and simple. (90 miles off-shore is so old-school!) But hey, there is a very comfortable living to be made for those at the top of the military food chain and huge contracts to be awarded to the military industrial complex …..that is until the missiles fly. (Josie Wales: “Diein’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy”)

      The war-mongers are very clever with an arrogance and sense of entitlement that defies belief. But in the Wisdom Department they clock in somewhere beneath tree moss.

      The good news is that the Universe is no doubt TEEMING with life. The bad news is that it’s beginning to look like we’re not gonna be around to join the party ….

  • It’s _Armistice Day_ — this one, the hundredth anniversary of the War to End War, and how that worked out.

  • Caitlin, I just came across an idea for a general strike from some random redditor. Figured you could help this idea spread if you see fit. It looks like a good little seedling!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/chomsky/comments/9vyza9/general_strike_to_save_the_planet_jan_15_2019/

  • “The youngest Americans who arguably defended their nation from a real threat to its shores are in their nineties…”

    While I wholeheartedly agree with the general thrust of this splendid article, I venture to doubt whether any Americans have ever been forced to defend their nation from a foreign threat.

    The two arguable exceptions are the War of 1812 and WW2.

    But the Americans brought the War of 1812 on themselves by picking a quarrel with Britain, from which they had only recently obtained their independence, at a time when Britain was facing a real threat to its own freedom from the empire of Napoleon – then at its zenith.

    As for WW2, it is true that the Nazis had plans to conquer the USA, and if they had won the war in Europe and defeated the USSR they might have been sending long-range jet bombers armed with nuclear weapons against New York and Washington withion a decade or so.

    But I don’t believe that any Americans believed such an eventuality to be possible. Indeed, FDR had to use every dirty trick and deception in the book to get the USA into WW2 – sideways, as it were, and against the will of the vast majority of its people.

    Abraham Lincoln said the last word on this subject 180 years ago. Everything he said rings just as true today – most particularly his last four words.

    “At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point, then, is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide”.

    – Abraham Lincoln; The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume I, “Address Before the Young Men’s Lyceum,of Springfield, Illinois (January 27, 1838), p. 109.

  • When the US Constitution was written in the 18th Century, it was aimed squarely at the well-to-do sector of the population, the movers and shakers of events. That was important, BUT it needed to enshrine the duties of any and every government to all of its people and it says nothing about that beyond some attempt to
    pursue happiness. All constitutions are defective in this, because the poor and landless never got to have a say.
    So the duty of a government is a commitment to provide everyone with free healthcare, free education [K-16], and worthwhile welfare for all who live in the nation. This is not in the Constitution so we see for profit healthcare and neglected service veterans abound. Totally dysfunctional.

    • well said…….

  • Back in the 50s GOP President Dwight Eisenhower sagely warned us about the growing military industrial complex which had successfully defeated Hitler. But like Frankenstein’s monster getting up off the table, our MIC, has gone on to devour us, its creator, sadly proving “be careful what you wish for.”

  • The noive of that woman!!!

  • It is well worth remembering that each and every ‘hero warrior’ has participated WILLINGLY. They all share the blame for these combined atrocities. Even when the ‘draft’ was in force, anyone could have refused to participate. I did.

    • Yes, but….sometimes(all the time?) young men and women just don’t know what they’re doing…….

      • All the more reason to NOT do something that may cost you or anyone around you THEIR LIVES !!! What kind of person is willing, perhaps even anxious, to abdicate their own sense of morality and humanity to take orders from one complete stranger who is telling them to go KILL another complete stranger? W.T.F ??? My conscience and code of ethics tell me that I, and no one else, will decide who my friends AND enemies are. I will never suffer from PTSD because I will never act against my own true self on the behest of anyone else, especially some government entity that has its own agenda far removed from mine or any decent person’s.

        • Never underestimate the power of propaganda and the media. All too many of those who willingly went to war had been fed lies by the miscreants, so they ended up seriously believing that ‘the enemy’ is really a horde of savages with nothing redeemable about them, who therefore can be mowed down without any pangs of conscience.

          • Don’t worry, I’ve experienced plenty of propaganda in my 70 years. My point has always been that we are ALL exposed to this propaganda. I am still amazed that ANYONE would gladly sell out to the war machine, where they may be placed in a ‘kill or be killed’ situation every day of their lives, rather than keep their sanity and moral base intact by refusing to participate. NO amount of propaganda would ever make me sell my soul.

            • BUT…

              1. Are people like you the exception or the rule?

              2. If you seriously believed the ‘enemy’ is a whole pack of monsters devoid of conscience, and your home and country would be in serious danger unless you took up arms, would you still say no to doing that?

  • How brilliant. This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday in the UK. The same glorification of war. The same lack of care for Veterans. The same evil wars. The same evil empire. The same evil oligarchs and plutocrats. Thank you so much for writing this article. It takes a lot of courage and strength to do what you do. All power to you.

  • Learn about the best vets org, VETERANS FOR PEACE.Their righteous 28 page take down of the execrable Burns/Novick Lie series about the American war of aggression against the people of Vietnam and Southeast Asia 1954 – 1975 should be must reading for those who
    believe in Armistice Day and don’t believe in Vererans Day.

  • As a military veteran, I say RIGHT ON!

  • Caitlin, you are absolutely brilliant with this one! Although I’m not American (an Aussie like you) and veterans day means little to me, the same thing happens here. We need to stop believing and supporting the lies. We need to see the ruling elites for what they are. Keep writing.

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