One watched the TV coverage of parades and flags bedecked military observations to see if perhaps there were any disturbances, any protesting of this annual honoring of war.
No, none. At least not covered and televised by Network News.
Only war promoting TV interviews of onlookers at parades and ceremonies. "They fought to protect our freedoms" "we owe them a lot." "They make us proud."
No sidewalk viewer canvassed for his or her opinion happened to be one of the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated against the Korean, the Vietnam/Laos/Cambodian, the Iraq, the Afghanistan/Pakistan wars?
No one interviewed on this Veterans Day was originally from the Dominican Republic or Panama who lost relatives by the action of veterans invading their home countries?
On C-Span , "No one can defeat us," proclaims Vice President Biden at Arlington National Cemetery , as if the very Vietnamese in the "steaming rice paddies of Vietnam" our heroes had fought in earlier referred to just a few sentences before in Biden's speech to had not defeated us.
Oh, well, just another Biden Bush-type slip of the mind. Funny? Not if you can't forget that your Afghanistan sidewalk fruit vendor had some of his relative's children blown into pieces.
After a Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, those gathered at the National Vietnam War Memorial heard the owner of a major basketball team slander the Vietnamese patriots who so bravely fought against overwhelmingly superior high tech military force of hundreds of thousands of invaders, bombing, napalming, machine gunning, and poisoning their land from planes, ships and tanks.
(Here we had an example of patriotic sporting events support for immoral wars.) "We have some on active duty in Afghanistan and Iraq in attendance. Will you please stand up and take a bow."
The speaker cries out the theme of Veterans Day 2010, "Freedom is not free!" Gee, if only he meant that it wasn't free for our Vietnamese brothers and sisters. Five to six million perished on the Indochinese peninsula during the Japanese, then French, then American wars of occupation all three invaders lost because the brave determination to fight for their country to be free of foreign domination.
"God bless America!" is the phrase heard in all the ceremonies. Here It made the viewer wonder if the
corollary was 'God damn those Vietnamese!'
An alternate title for this article might have been: 'Veterans of War Against Small and Poor Countries with Equal Honor as Those Who Defended America from Attack by Two Military Powers in World War II! '
At a third site in Washington D.C., Lt. Gen. Kicklighter, (Ret.) Chairman of Friends of the World War II Memorial ran us through the terrible things that Hitler's Nazi Germany. Visions come to mind of Henry Ford, Hitler's idol, Rockefeller, du Pont General Motors and just about every major U.S. industrialist, banker and corporation, investing in, building Hitler's war industry up to number one military power while my dad sold apples on the streets of depression in an America out of work.
Long live World War II, the war that made money for the Kennedy, Bush families and especially, Rockefeller, and made America the sole superpower of the world.
Finally, C-Span brought to the Arlington Cemetery Coast Guard World War I Memorial. The war the U.S. investment bankers, eager to get in on the killing (in on money to be made) pressured Wilson to enter this great European war over the colonies of its empires, allowing it to be prolonged. When World War I was over, Wilson went along with keeping the nonwhite world under colonial occupation, even okaying Japan's claim on conquered and occupied Korea. That's what these veterans now buried fought for.
In a further charming feature on C-Span came a "Happy Veterans Day!" from Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Featherston from the Womens Memorial at Arlington and a younger officer speaking warmly of war time experiences of camaraderie in foreign countries, her two very young children standing playfully alongside dressed in camouflaged army fatigues.
It was a telecast filled with gold braided brims of neatly blocked blue caps of full dress military uniforms and rows of colorful ribbons and medals filling most left upper chests. Always bring to mind Commander-in-Chief of the German Air Force, Hermann GÃ¶ring.
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