As I begin typing, Jackie Walorsky is on our radio pumping up the Military Industrial Complex. She is saying all the right words about supporting the veterans here on Veterans’ Day…while promoting the idea of we *need* the Military Industrial Complex…and that we would be in peril if we reduce the enormous military budget.
Veterans themselves have said that the Military Industrial Complex and the CIA have made us LESS secure!
President Eisenhower, no less a General in the armed forces, warned of growing for-profit war industry. He delivers that address in the video below — note how he states that the technological advances can put the power in the hands of a few and that we must avoid “living for today” by using up our resources. He, a General, asks for Peace:
The growth of the war industry also worried President Kennedy, whom as a veteran was injured at Pearl Harbor.
There are many, many veterans against the Military Industrial Complex. They see them as an industry that doesn’t really give a rip about veterans, but see soldiers as a tool to their ends. (Note the costs of wars counter.)
This is apparent in the low wages of soldiers, and the abandonment of the veterans once they leave the Service. Note the Veterans for Peace wants to take back Armistice Day (Veterans Day) by ringing bells for peace. I will do that today by ringing bells we have eleven times at the eleventh hour, in honor of my father and all the veterans.
From their Get Involved in Armistice Day page:
In 1918, after Armistice Day, a 10-year campaign launched that year resulted in the ratification of the the Kellogg-Briand Pact which legally banned all war making. The Kellogg-Briand Pact reads:
“The High Contracting Parties solemnly declare in the names of their respective peoples that they condemn recourse to war for the solution of international controversies, and renounce it, as an instrument of national policy in their relations with one another.
“The High Contracting Parties agree that the settlement or solution of all disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them, shall never be sought except by pacific means.”
Today, it seems, many of our leaders have forgotten that war is illegal. Please join Veterans For Peace in remembering this day’s original purpose and calling for an end to all wars.
My own father served in World War II. All of his brothers did, too. I have an ancestor who fought on the Union side in the Civil War. I have conflicting feelings about it because of the profiteering off of war — it is now being made out to be something to have an income. Killing people, destroying the earth for money….
…but as long as their are Dark Ones with guns, we will need to defend ourselves.
Growing up, I was taught what Jesus had said about turning the other cheek when one is being attacked. I thought then it meant we should not fight back. And we were also taught the Commandment of “Thou shalt not murder” .
Since then, doing some more introspection, there are places in the Bible where self-defense is allowed. I now think Jesus meant we should do everything we can to avoid striking another, but self-defense is allowed when someone is coming at you with fists or knives or guns and will not listen to reason. I’ve observed this with animals, as well. The animals will avoid conflict — they give warnings that another is trespassing — growls and such — and if the other continues to encroach, then the animal strikes. Animals are not violent just to be violent, but avoid it until there is no other option.
The warmongers want you to be scared. If they can keep you in a state of fear, they can continue to profit off of war and they can continue to break the Constitution. Remember about the media creating panic…as the local radio station, owned by a neocon, has tried to do this morning with Jackie Walorsky as a Military Industrial Complex Cheerleader.