Wednesday, 12 November 2003

Why do people fight wars?

Despite what you may think I actually have a HUGE amount of respect for the people who serve in the Armed Forces, particularly those brave (or crazy) enough to even put themselves through Basic Training. But they are being lied to just like the rest of us, it's worse for them because they're the ones dying while the plutocrats make loads of money raping and poisoning the planet, and of course using our brothers and sisters as cannon fodder! The reason our governments have so many secrets is that if We the People found out what they were doing, they'd all get lynched for sure! If you don't believe me, look at how well our veterans get treated.

Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

War is just a racket.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of 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 masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

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Joseph said...

Wow I completely agree! Many wars are fought because of the greed of the few, and it hurts so many that shouldn't be hurt. We pretend it's to help them, or to spread democracy, but it's really just for a few greedy morons to gain an extra buck. Tragic.

Anonymous said...

It's sad that the rich men and women of the world start the wars.It's even worse when they make the poor and the innocent fight them for personal gain.No one life is more valuable than another life and it is for that reason that we the people of the world must stuck together and evolve.It does not matter if you are rich or poor,you as a person are supposed to stay together and not fight your brothers,be they black or white,Chinese or Islamic,or even Arabian.As human beings we must not progress for the sake of progression but join in arms as brothers and sisters along the way.