"The West won the
world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by
its superiority in
applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact;
non-Westerners never do." - Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations
and the Remaking of World Order
"Violence is a drug, indeed it is the most potent
narcotic known to humankind. Those most addicted to violence are
those who have access to weapons and a penchant
for force." - Christopher Lynn Hedges
"The tentacles of this high-intensity violence, now
normalized, reach into every aspect of society - a spectacle that does not
unsettle but thrives on more shocks, more bloodshed and more
suffering." - Henry A.
Humans were hunters and gatherers
they became warriors.
Ancient Cro-Magnon likely began
eating flesh 2.5 million
years ago.Caleb E. Finch identified eight genes that evolved in human
beings to manage saturated fat, cholesterol and other hazards of
of the genes is called apoE. A particular form, known as apoE3, evolved in
Cro-Magnon some time after the divergence of Cro-Magnon from Neanderthal. ApoE3
is known to help protect Cro-Magnon against heart disease. The seven other
genes help protect Cro-Magnon from infectious agents carried in meat and
against overdose of iron and other metals that are relatively abundant in flesh
compared with plants.
"Our results strongly suggest that wild
chimpanzees exchange meat for sex on a long-term basis." - Cristina
At some point in history
Cro-Magnon began to
eat the flesh of
Violence is a common Cro-Magnon heritage due simply to the
fact Cro-Magnon have genes to digest flesh.
Human beings, granted life
by the Creator and Sustainer, understand the taking of flesh to be a necessary
evil done only for sustenance.
The attitude of group superiority
proscribes a social law in which it is acceptable for individual members of the
social group to commit violent acts in the name of and for the benefit of the
social group outside the taking of life for sustenance.
social culture believes itself to be
a civil then, by reason of Natural Law, it
would not glorify the unnecessary taking of life.
Glorification of violence, especially frequently used
institutionalized violence, is not what citizens of a 'free', 'just' and
'compassionate' society would expect to be common traits of the institutional
cultural establishments of a 'free', 'just' and 'compassionate' culture.
The myth that institutionalized violence will 'shock and awe' the evil doer
into submission, when expedient, is causing the American psyche to become ever
human predators entranced
by the Wetiko revolution respond
to the false need to "pacify" those
branded as "other."
In narcissistic satisfaction
thay pat themsleves on the back in self-congratulation.
responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the
Earth of evil." George Walker
Bush, National Security Strategy 2002
1993 Robert Meyrowitz* brings extreme
fighting to America with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Robert Meyrowitz first sells extreme fighting to pay-per-view providers
through his company Semaphore Entertainment Group. Robert Meyrowitz also
brought Ozzy Osbourne into America's living room.
1996 "The cumulative impact of violence-laden imagery can lead
to a "mean-world" perspective, in which
viewers have an unrealistically dark view of life." - The Christian Science
Monitor, November 18, 1996
1997 "People are
concerned about this race to the bottom. They wonder if there even is a bottom.
I do, too." - FCC, Michael J. Copps 01/07
"American kids want to relate
to something. American kids want something edgy. American kids are looking for
identity, something that makes them feel tough." - Jeff Clark, president North
County Fight Club 01/07
"Violence is like the
nicotine in cigarettes. The reason
why the media has to pump ever more violence into us is because we've built up
a tolerance. In order to get the same high, we need ever-higher levels. The
television industry has gained its market share through an addictive and toxic
ingredient." - Lt. Col. David Grossman
"The debate is over! For the last
three decades, the one predominant finding in research on the corporate media
is that exposure to media portrayals of violence increases aggressive behavior
in children." - American Psychiatric Association
Americans generally do not regard themselves as
arrogant, abusive, violent, mean, petty and
ignoble. Empirical verifiable social scientific evidence suggests otherwise.
Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram had individuals apply
electric shocks in a training experiment for incorrect answers. Participants
were asked to turn the voltage up, even to where the dial read "danger," a
point at which the victim could be heard
screaming. Although often reluctant, two-thirds of the subjects continued to
follow orders to administer shocks.
psychology professor Philip G. Zimbardo initiated an
experiment in which participating
Stanford students were designated either as
prisoners or guards, with guards told to maintain order. The project had
to be prematurely terminated as the guards for no apparent
motivation other than fulfilling their roles
becoming uncomfortably abusive toward the prisoners.
Violence on broadcast
television began approaching "epidemic proportions," surging 75% between 1998
"Media violence causes aggressive and antisocial behavior,
desensitize viewers to future violence and increase
perceptions that they are living in a
mean and dangerous world. Children younger than 8 cannot uniformly
discriminate between real
life and fantasy/entertainment. They quickly
learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving even complex
problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero." - American Academy of
"Violence is a built-in feature of our
worldview; it is implicit in our
conception of ourselves as separate beings in a universe of discrete others
competing for survival; moreover the objectification of other beings, species,
people, and the earth itself enables and legitimizes violence toward
It is when we get
lost in the manmade realm
of abstractions - statistics, names of countries, figures in accounting
ledgers - and believe them to be real that we end up perpetrating violence. The
increasing ubiquity of depictions of graphic violence and diabolical cruelty in
the entertainment media
have inured us to violent or tragic images even when they are not fictitious.
The endemic exposure to violence in our culture desensitizes us. The
suffering of others takes on an unreality, without which we could never
continue to perpetrate it. Violence seems not to be violence when it is only a
weed, only an animal, only a savage, only an enemy, only a thing." - adapted
Americans have been fed a
ponerologic vision of
cheerleaders of this vision include:
spoke of the America as the "last best
hope of Earth"
urged us to "pay any price,
bear any burden, meet any hardship"
the myth of just war
"Violence is a symptom of
a wounded spirit." - Charles
alienation which inevitably leads to nihilism.
necrophilia, pure blood lust.
The truth about war
comes out, but usually too late.
Americans, assured by those that create war that
truth has no bearing on the gloriously
violent enterprise of war, see
the war in Iraq only through the distorted lens of
Embedded 'reporters', dependent on
the military for food, transportation and security, have a natural and
understandable tendency, one I have myself felt, to
protect those who are
protecting them. They are not allowed to
report outside of the unit and are, in effect, captives.
Embedded 'reporters' have no
relationships with the occupied, essential to all
balanced reporting of
conflicts, but only with the American
Marines and soldiers who drive through desolate mud-walled
towns and pump grenades and machine gun
bullets into houses, leaving scores
of nameless dead and wounded in their wake.
admire and laud these fighters for their
physical courage and feel
protected by the jet
fighters, the heavy artillery and throaty
rattle of machine guns - but rarely
experience the reality of slaughter. Nearly every
embedded war correspondent sees
his or her mission as
sustaining civilian and army
"Americans are fed the myth of
The myth of war, the myth of
glory, the myth of honor sells
newspapers and boosts television
ratings, real war reporting creates peace marches.
In war time, as
Senator Hiram Johnson reminded us in 1917, "truth is the first casualty."
All our knowledge of the
war in Iraq has to be viewed as lacking the
sweep and depth that will come one day when a
small Iraqi boy reaches adulthood and unfolds for us the sad and tragic story
of the invasion and bloody occupation of Iraq.
I have spent most of
my adult life in war. My life has been deformed by the organized industrial
violence that year after year was an intimate part of my existence.
I have watched young men bleed to
lonely Central American dirt roads
and cobblestone squares in Sarajevo. I have looked into the eyes of mothers,
kneeing over the lifeless and mutilated bodies of their children. I have stood
in warehouses with rows of corpses, including children, and breathed
death into my lungs.
I carry within
me the ghosts of those I worked
with, my comrades in war, now long gone, dead and buried.
In war time
all human beings become objects,
objects either to gratify or destroy or
both. No one is immune. The contagion of the
crowd sees to that.
Simone Weil wrote, "is as pitiless to the man who possess it, or thinks he
does, as it is to his victims. The second it crushes; the first it
This myth, the lie
of human beings as objects, about Americans as perfect
heroes, is imploding American democracy.
Americans shun introspection and
self-criticism. Americans ignore
truth, to embrace the strange,
disquieting certitude and hubris offered by the radical imperialist Christian
right about a war between good and
the long war on terror grinds on
forever ignorarrogant Americans sink
into the morass of the corporate media embrace of the
God of War,
Yahweh deforms human spirtual
essence causing the Eternal Soul to strive for MICE
stand up and find the moral
courage to condemn the
God of War are considered
unpatriotic and shot dead with their hands in the air.
those fighting the mindset of the Wetiko revolution like Lavoy
Finicum, are branded
as heretics for fighting evil, refusing to
worship Yahweh and living in MICE culture.
The attacks on the World Trade
Center, the dramatic explosions,
the fireballs, the victims plummeting to their deaths,
the collapse of the towers in
Manhattan, were straight out of
Americans delivered incendiary messages in
Vietnam and Serbia. After the attacks on
the World Trade Center Americans
delivered incendiary messages in Afghanistan and
McGeorge Bundy, ghostwriter
for Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, claimed the bombing of
Hiroshima was a meaningful
message sent to Japan which
saved American lives. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (former
World Bank and Ford Inc.
CEO) in the summer of 1965 authorized
the bombing raids that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians north of
Saigon as a means of 'communication' to
the Communist regime in Hanoi.
Americans wallow in
the myth of war, the myth of
glory, the myth of honor,
the myth of patriotism and
the myth of heroism, words that in
the terror and brutality of combat are empty,
meaningless and obscene.
Thucydides wrote of
Athens' expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad
and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens
imposed on others, Athens finally imposed on
itself and then Athens died.
If Americans do not confront the
lies and hubris told to justify the
killing and mask the
destruction carried out in the
name of the American people in Iraq, if
Americans do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of empire and occupation, if
Americans continue to allow force and violence to be our primary form of
communication, if Americans do not remove
from power our flag waving, cross bearing, falsely
patriotic versions of the
Taliban, Americans will not so much defeat
dictators such as Saddam Hussein as become them."
adapted from Chris
the truth of
"One of the most
noble things you can do is kill
the enemy." - Major Douglas Zembiec, killed May 10, 2007 while conducting
a raid in Baghdad
"War is something so monstrous that it befits wild
beasts rather than men, so crazy that the poets even imagine that it is let
loose by Furies, so deadly that is sweeps like a plague through the world, so
unjust that it is generally best carried on by the worst type of bandit, so
impious that it is quite alien to Christ; and yet they leave everything to
devote themselves to war alone. Here even decrepit old men can be seen showing
the vigour of youths in their prime, undaunted by the cost, unwearied by
hardship, not a whit deterred though they turn law, religion, peace, and all
humanity completely upside down. And there's no lack of learned sycophants to
put the name of zeal, piety, and valour to
this manifest insanity, and to think up a means whereby it is possible for a
man to draw a murderous sword and plunge it into his brother's vitals without
loss of the supreme charity which in accordance with Christ's teaching every
Christian owes his neighbour." - Desiderius Erasmus
taking steroids, Valium, hooked on painkillers, drinking and popping multiple
Benzhexol pills (a strong
hallucinogenic when abused).
They'd go on raids and patrols totally stoned. We're killing the wrong people all the time, and mostly by accident.
One guy in my squadron ran over a family with his tank. There's a lot of guys
who steal from the Iraqis.
Money, family heirlooms, and then they brag about it. Guys
would crap into MRE bags and throw them to old men begging for food." - Cliff
Hicks, American soldier recently stationed in Iraq
"I helped run the CIA's rendition program. Simply
and callously put, covert forces cannot kill the number of
enemies that require killing. Although the
covert services can successfully eliminate the enemy leaders, its foot soldiers
and civilian supporters are not being wiped out." - Michael F.
ScheuerSix days after the
George Walker Bush authorized an
unprecedented range of covert action, including renditions, assassinations,
campaigns and cyber attacks against those
identified as al-Qa`ida.
Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition Group to kidnap
people: dressed head to toe in black, including
masks, they blindfold and cut
the clothes off captives, administer an
enema and sleeping drugs; they transport their victims to a detention facility
operated by cooperative "allies", including
Afghanistan, or one of the CIA's own covert prisons, a "black site."
After the 911
attacks, the staff of the Counter Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black,
went from 300 to 1,200 nearly overnight. J. Cofer Black embraced a "Talmudwood model" of operations which
played well with George Walker
Bush, where the president was keeping a scorecard of
captured or killed terrorists.
Mamdouh Habib, an
Egyptian-born Australian citizen
kidnapped in Pakistan in October 2001 was sent to Egypt for
interrogation where he was burned
by cigarettes, given electric shocks and beaten.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi,
a Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned himself in to the Mauritanian
police 18 days after the 911 attacks
because Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard the Americans were looking for him.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi was spirited to Jordan, where he spent eight months
Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by
Indonesia authorities in
January 2002, was flown to Egypt for interrogation. Muhammad Saad Iqbal
Madni was then tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.
Khaled el-Masri, a German
citizen, stated, "I saw seven or
eight men with black clothing and wearing
masks. They beat me from all
sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet. With knives or scissors they took
away my clothes. In silence. The
beating was just to humiliate me, to
hurt me, to make me afraid, to make me silent. They stripped me naked. I was
terrified. They tried to take off my pants. I tried to stop them so they beat
me again. I was humiliated. And when
I was naked I heard a camera."
The first night Khaled el-Masri was kicked and beaten and
warned by an interrogator: "You are here in a country where no one knows about
you, in a country where there is no law. If you die, we will bury you, and no
one will know."
Khaled el-Masri's passport
analysis by Office of Technical
Services concluded the passport was genuine.
The CIA had imprisoned
the wrong man. A reverse rendition was suggested. Return Khaled el-Masri to
Macedonia and release him. There would be no trace. No airplane tickets.
Nothing. No one would believe him.
On the day of his release, the
prison's director, who Khaled el-Masri
believed was an American, told him that he had been held because he "had a
A Macedonia bus
driver has confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken away by border
guards on the date he gave investigators. A
analysis of Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the
period he says he was in the prison. Flight logs show a plane registered to a
CIA front company flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled el-Masri says he was
flown to Afghanistan. A Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., provided
flight planning and logistical support with the full knowledge it was profiting
from what one senior company official openly described as "torture
Khaled el-Masri's lawsuit against the federal government was
first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by the Supreme Court in
October 2007. The first judge and the Supreme Court justices honored the
request of the George Walker
Bush administration to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that trying the case
would reveal secret classified
information about American actions in the 'war on terror' and thus
provide material support to the
more I heard about the imprisonment of
Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and imprisoned for over five months by the CIA,
the more sick to my stomach I became. What ever happened to justice, honor and
decency? If you wonder why people hate us,
this is it. The George Walker
Bush administration is refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding
behind "state secrets." It makes me
embarrassed to call myself an American." - Cpl. Robert A. Pratt, Marine
"It is incredible that Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped by United
States government agents, abused and transported to Afghanistan for torture in
a secret prison, then dumped on an
Albanian hillside five months later when agents realized he was not the right
person. This sounds more like the behavior of Nazi Germany or Augusto
Pinochet's Chile. The US has become a rogue nation, one that believes it alone
has the right to disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations. The
state secrets defense, born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its
lies and ineptitude in the US vs.
Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become an easy way for the
government to avoid accountability." - Alex Murray
received front-page media coverage throughout the world and has been the
subject of criminal and intergovernmental investigations in Europe. His
allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony and physical evidence.
Nonetheless, when we brought suit against former CIA Director
George Tenet and others
seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri, the
George Walker Bush
administration insisted the case be dismissed because any litigation of the
claims would reveal state secrets.
The government's argument prevailed, and the Supreme Court declined to
intervene. As the law stands, the US can engage in torture, declare it a
state secret and, by virtue of that
designation alone, avoid any accountability for conduct that violates the
Constitution and universal human rights
guarantees. A broad range of executive misconduct has been
shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner
"Extraordinary renditions are utterly inconsistent with our broader
foreign policy goals of promoting
democracy and the rule of law, the very
foundations of civil society. These practices have brought America universal
condemnation and have frustrated our efforts to
work in a concerted way with our allies in fighting terrorism. They also
yield no good intelligence.
Up until November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced
"extraordinary" renditions and not a single one has been convicted of a crime.
These renditions have undermined our very commitment to
fundamental American values. These
fundamental American values are what
define us a people, as a nation. When we allow our government to
undermine them, we
undermine everything we stand for,
everything we are.
Look at the case of Khaled El-Masri, an innocent man
kidnapped and brought to Afghanistan by the CIA where he was brutally
interrogated and then dumped off in the Albanian countryside. Nations across
the globe envy our commitment to freedom and the rule of law. But they are appalled at our
hypocrisy when we betray those values." -
Congressman William Delahunt
"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive
practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for
George Tenet, told the
911 Commission that even before
911 the US had abducted more than 70
foreigners it considered terrorists - a
process George Walker Bush administration has declared legal under the
label "extraordinary rendition".
"Let us not forget that violence does not
live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven
with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural
bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support
in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his
method must inexorably choose
falsehood as his priciple." - Alexandr
"One innocent is one too
many. We all have their blood on our hands. When will we
stop justifying murder in the
name of peace." - Murray Rubinstein
Witnesses to the slaying of
Iraqi civilians by American
Marines in the
village of Haditha say the American
Marines shot men, women and children at
close range in retaliation for the death of a
Marine lance corporal in a roadside
Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident watched and listened as American Marines went from
house killing members of three families.
Aws Fahmi heard Younis Salim
Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members.
"I heard Younis speaking to the American
Marines, saying: 'I am friend. I am good,'
they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi
The girls killed
inside Younis Salim Khafif's house
were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1.
Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma
Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8; Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the
house next door.
43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and an infant were
killed in the third house.
Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her
mother's blood spilling onto her making
her look dead.
One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while
unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint
"Democracy assassinated the
family that was here" - graffiti seen later on one of the
airstrikes, dropping 500-pound bombs on more than one
house to cover up the
"In addition to the
American Marines' individual actions, "jets
dropped 500- pound bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in
morality and leadership"
doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out, third tour of
duty American Marines. It stops at the very top, with
George Walker Bush." - Jess
"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to
American troops in the field but to our whole society. Not just to the liars in government but to
those that believe them too easily. It is past time for Americans to summon the
civil courage to face what is being
done in their name and refuse to be
accomplices." - Daniel Ellsberg
The soldiers found no insurgents in the
village of My Lai on the
morning of March 16, 1968. One
platoon led by
Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds of
civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies. Some were tortured
or raped. Dozens were herded into a ditch and
executed with automatic firearms.
In the spring of 1972, the
survivors of the My Lai
massacre, were "accidently"
slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and
No Gun Ri In the chaotic early days of the
Korean War, groups of refugees
fleeing a North Korean advance attempted to cross American lines despite
warning shots. Up to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one
incident because American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist
gunmen. A document found in the National Archives in April 2007 noted
that the army had a policy of shooting approaching civilians. A memo, dated
July 25, 1950, from the United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on
Strafing Civilian Targets", written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls
that, "the army has requested that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that
are noted approaching our positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with
the army request in this regard."
In 1999 the
New York Times reported that 30
South Korean survivors and relatives
of victims had filed a lawsuit in 1997 that "described a three-day period of
killing, saying that American planes had strafed hundreds of refugees who were
fleeing from North Korean troops, leaving about 100 people dead. The
survivors fled under the bridge,
where they said they were pinned by American troops who shot and killed almost
all the refugees." The suit was rejected on a technicality.(The technicality is
might makes right!)
Haditha, My Lai and No Gun Ri
massacres raise serious questions about
often incidents like this occur and are successfully covered up by
The archives of the Vietnam War
Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General William
C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland
substantiated 300 atrocities which included: seven
massacres from 1967 through 1971 in which
at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight other attacks on noncombatants in
which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and 15
sexually assaulted; One hundred forty-one
instances in which American soldiers tortured civilian
prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric
Members of a reconnaissance platoon swept through the Que Son
Valley, burning homes, slaughtering
animals and clearing civilians. Members of the
platoon killed: an unarmed boy standing outside a cluster of huts; three women
and three children in a hut; executed an elderly woman and a baby;
raped a woman and a young girl and then
executed civilian detainees. The unit reported the victims as enemy killed in
On the same day as the massacre at My Lai, American soldiers from
the same division killed an undetermined number of women and children in
neighboring My Khe. American soldiers tossed grenades into shelters and shot
women, and children as they ran for cover or tried to flee. Over the next three
days, members of the unit burned three sub-hamlets to the ground and tortured
detainees with electric shocks. The unit
reported 39 enemy combatants killed but recovered no weapons and
suffered no casualties.
American helicopter "hunter-killer" team attacked a
village in Cambodia with rockets and
machine gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding
15. After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South
Vietnamese troops. No enemy weapons or
other war materiel were found. The troops
provided no medical treatment to the wounded and made off with "large
quantities of civilian property, including tobacco, poultry, and radios, and
the American captain returned to the aircraft with a motorcycle."
documents, archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group have now
been reclassified "secret" and
removed from the public domain.
"It is almost impossible for a Marine
warrior to take on the mantle of benevolent
overseer. When American soldiers are sent out to kill the enemy, and then
become the force of an occupying power where there is no force
monopoly, atrocities are inevitable.
It happened in Vietnam War; it is
happening in Iraq. The problem is exacerbated by being in an alien culture with
overextended tours of duty. The tension of
being constantly on guard against ambush and
death, of not being able to respond with a
trained warrior's need to act with decisive
force, develops enormous pressures. It
does not take a psychiatrist to deduce that among 150,000 men and women,
something or someone has got to give to release that pressure. I do not
believe we can bully people into our form of democracy; we can only corrupt our
own." - Robert Silver
"Truly reducing violence involves changing
hearts and minds. Black power activist H.
Rap Brown said that "violence is as American as cherry pie." Indeed, it's
everywhere, from our popular
culture to our geopolitics. Challenging our culture's
swords-into-plowshares leadership, and if you haven't noticed, Isaiahs are in
short supply." - Diane Winston
War is a racket. It always has
been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the
most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in
scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the
losses in lives.
A racket is best
described, I believe, as something that is
not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a
small "inside" group knows
what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the
expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
In the World War a mere
handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires
and billionaires were made in the US during the
World War. That many admitted
their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war
millionaires falsified their tax returns no one
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How
many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in
a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights,
ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a
bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in
Three steps must be taken to smash the war
We must take the profit out of war;
permit those who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war;
We must limit our military forces to home
The chief aim of any power of disarmament conferences
has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more
armament. Professional soldiers and sailors don't want to disarm. No admiral
wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. They are
not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of
arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in
the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the
sinister agents of those who profit by
war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit
Yes, ships will continue
to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will
be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers
must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for
the manufacturer must make their war profits too.
There is only one way
to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get
together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war
plane. " - Major General Smedley
Darlington Butler USMC - medals for heroism, the Marine Corps Brevet Medal
and the Medal of Honor (2)
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