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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts


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Did you know that 85 to 90 percent of war's casualties are non-combatant civilians? That is the conclusion reached by a nine-person research team in the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The deaths of soldiers who are fighting the war are a small part of the human and economic cost. Clearly, wars do not protect the lives of civilians. The notion that soldiers are dying for us is false. Non-combatants are the main victims of war.

Keep that in mind for July 4th, which is arriving in six weeks.

July 4th is America's most important national holiday celebrating American independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, America's Founding Fathers declared that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer colonies but an independent country in which the Rights of Englishmen would prevail for all citizens and not only for King George's administrators. (Actually, the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, and historians debate whether the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4 or August 2.)

In this American assertion of self-determination, citizens of Great Britain were not allowed to vote. Therefore, according to Washington's position on the votes in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine -- the former Russian territories of Donetsk and Luhansk -- America's Declaration of Independence was "illegitimate and illegal."

On July 4th all across America there will be patriotic speeches about our soldiers who gave their lives for their country. To an informed person these speeches are curious. I am hard pressed to think of any examples of our soldiers giving their lives for our country. US Marine General Smedley Butler had the same problem. He said that his Marines gave their lives for United Fruit Company's control of Central America. "War is a racket," said General Butler, pointing out that US participation in World War I produced 21,000 new American millionaires and billionaires.

When General Butler said "war is a racket," he meant that war is a racket for a few people getting rich on the backs of millions of dead people. According to the article in the American Journal of Public Health, during the 20th century 190 million deaths could be directly and indirectly related to war.

190 million is 60 million more than the entire US population in the year that I was born.

The only war fought on US territory was the war against Southern Secession. In this war Irish immigrants fresh off the boat gave their lives for American Empire. As soon as the South was conquered, the Union forces were set loose on the Plains Indians and destroyed them as well.

Empire over life. That has always been Washington's guiding principle.

America's wars have always been fought elsewhere -- Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Germany, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Somalia. Washington even attacks countries with which the US is not at war, such as Pakistan and Yemen, and engages in proxy wars. The article cited above reports: "The United States launched 201 overseas military operations between the end of World War II and 2001, and since then, others, including Afghanistan and Iraq."

Not a single one of these wars and military operations had anything whatsoever to do with defending the US population from foreign threats.

Not even Japan and Germany posed a threat to the US. Neither country had any prospect of invading the US and neither country had any such war plans.

Let's assume Japan had conquered China, Burma, and Indonesia. With such a vast territory to occupy, Japan could not have spared a single division with which to invade the US, and, of course, any invasion fleet would never have made it across the Pacific. Just as was the fate of the Japanese fleet at Midway, an invasion fleet would have been sitting ducks for the US Navy.

Assume Germany had extended its conquests over Europe to Great Britain, Russia and North Africa. Germany would have been unable to successfully occupy such a vast territory and could not have spared a single soldier to send to invade America. Even the US superpower was unable to successfully occupy Iraq and Afghanistan, countries with small land areas and populations in comparison.

Except for its wars against the South, the Plains Indians, Haiti, Spain, Panama, Grenada, and Mexico, the US has never won a war. The Southern Confederates, usually outnumbered, often defeated the Union generals. Japan was defeated by its own lack of military resources. Germany was defeated by the Soviet Union. The allied invasion of Normandy did not occur until June 6, 1944, by which time the Red Army had ground up the Wehrmacht.

When the allies landed in Normandy, three-fourths of the German Army was on the Russian front. The allied invasion was greatly helped by Germany's shortage of fuel for mobilized units. If Hitler had not allowed hubris to lead him into invading the Soviet Union and, instead, just sat on his European conquests, no allied invasion would have been possible. Today Germany would rule all of Europe, including the UK. The US would have no European Empire with which to threaten Russia, China, and the Middle East.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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The 21st Century - the NEOCONS refrain, "go to war... by Lance Ciepiela on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 12:23:54 PM
Lance, let's not forget that when it comes to thru... by Alan MacDonald on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:37:39 AM
Wow, imagine a world where civilian deaths had mea... by Phillip Michaels on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 2:15:44 PM
Phillip, precisely, as you say, " Imagine a US wit... by Alan MacDonald on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 6:43:14 AM
"Currently Washington is at work overturning Presi... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 4:05:24 PM
While I agree with your point, I must defend PCR a... by Julian Lobato on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 4:24:23 PM
Loyalty has its place. it's slithering revisionism... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 5:16:13 PM
Agreed. Don't forget "October Surprise", the Reaga... by intotheabyss on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 5:16:09 PM
War may well be a racket --- but this Disguised Gl... by Alan MacDonald on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 4:59:29 PM
'Not even Japan and Germany posed a threat to the ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, May 19, 2014 at 7:20:41 PM
Here's a great article addressing the problem of N... by Alan MacDonald on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:24:09 AM
America Has Become Anti-American ... by John Rachel on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 7:30:10 PM
PCR, thanks for the great article, and reminding u... by jbnewport on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 10:20:39 PM
Paul's certainly right to quote Gen Smedley Butler... by Alan MacDonald on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:50:11 PM
I have to add that the photo of Bush almost made m... by jbnewport on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:07:24 PM