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    • Maya Spier Stiles North

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    • November 10, 2015 in Columnists

    Soldiers protect our freedom — the government’s motivation is more cynical

    Thank you for the sacrifices you and your families are making. Our Vietnam Veterans have taught us that no matter what are positions may be on policy, as Americans and patriots, we must support all of our soldiers with our thoughts and our prayers.
    Zack Wamp

    Veterans Day is coming up and as I do every year, I stop to thank veterans — in my heart and in person. When my late adoptive father was alive, I called him every year without fail to thank him for his service. He saw action in World War II in the South Pacific.  If my biological father was still alive, I’d call him, too.

    In World War II, soldiers actually fought to preserve our freedom and I am deeply and profoundly aware that soldiers to continue to do just that — but that’s not why they’re there anymore.

    As far as I can tell, we haven’t had a righteous war since World War II.

    We don’t fight for freedom. We fight for national dominance, to protect corporate interests and oil.  Think that’s not true?  Take a look at where we send soldiers and where we don’t. The more oil a nation has, the more interested we are. Is there a heavy corporate presence there, taking advantage of poor ecological and worker protections? If the nation balks or tries to nationalize resources or in any way impedes US corporate impunity — there we are.

    Otherwise, we really don’t much care. We’re not much of a presence in Syria or Yemen — not overly rich in resources. The South Sudan area is a nightmare of violence — particularly toward the vulnerable. Are we there?  Don’t make me laugh. We stood by and watched Rwanda and Cambodia turn and devour their young.

    Make no mistake — Vietnam was no threat to US freedom. Nor was Korea. Iraq — Bush actually admitted aloud that there were no weapons of mass destruction. He’d known that and his administration lied about it outright. (This story, about which people still speak, disappeared from the media about as fast as it arose, but you can only squash a truth of that magnitude so much — it has its own half-life).

    When I cast my mind about for a righteous conflict, about the only one I recall is when we invaded Grenada in 1983, where we briefly interceded because it just wasn’t that much of a bother and it would be a cheap, effective and fast way to keep a government in power that was US-friendly.

    That’s another thing we do. If a government is US-friendly, even if it’s the left hand of evil, we’ll back it — as always, using soldiers who are honestly there because they are fighting for our freedom.

    In fact, they’re the only parties in this equation who are, which is why I will rail bitterly about what our military-industrial complex is perpetrating but I will always honor our soldiers. Always.

    Thing is, no matter reason the military-industrial complex has for sending in our soldiers, our kids in uniform are still suffering, still wounded, maimed or dying. Their sacrifice and their suffering is incalculable and unconscionable. These are our precious children, sent to foreign lands to kill the precious children of other parents — for national dominance, to protect corporate interests, or for oil.

    Stop for a moment, all we who are either parents or have been parented. We know good and well what it takes to carry, birth and raise a child — the love, the sacrifice, the tears, the sheer work — only to see that child, a parent’s whole world — slaughtered in a frenzied instant of violence. And for what? Are they liberating conquered countries? Are they saving people in concentration camps? Are they pursuing a righteous cause?

    The soldiers are. Their motives are pure — and I will honor that as valid. I’m not taking soldiers to task here. Not even for a moment. What I am doing is taking the government to task — the military-industrial complex to task. This is corruption of the highest — and the lowest — order.

    Be aware, you heinous, conscienceless miscreants. We the People are on to you…

     



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