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Veterans for Peace Must Confront Veterans for War Honestly, Educationally on Veterans Day

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Am I, as a veteran, going to march unwanted in another egotistical display of honor for ourselves while phony wars go on? Wars of killing anyone designated a suspected insurgent against our occupation of his country - labeling him or her a terrorist just like we used to label a targeted person communist.

We did our 'service' in helping put the equivalent of thousands of 9/11s on the heads of people in poor countries that never attacked the U.S. None of these poor countries ever got back at us until 2001. If the Vietnamese and all the other small nations we invaded since World War II can forgo justice and getting revenge, why can't our big deal exceptionally great America?

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Politically awakened veterans must teach our pro-war fellow veterans some history, not to mention morality, ethics, humanity and true patriotism. Not the patriotism of scheming bankers and their Military Industrial Complex, their media and their secret CIA, but defense of the nation from war profiteers patriotism.

No! No Veterans Day for me. Instead, a day for veterans to mourn participation in killing, maiming and damage done invading the lands and lives of others.

Let knowledgeable, compassion motivated veterans turn the tables on the war industry and recreate Veterans Dan into 'Veterans Mourn Killing Day.'

If anyone cannot see at least the logic in the all the above, we seven would like to know. The seven being Jay Janson and his six bunk-mates buried in North Korea, who would be pissed if someone tried to 'honor' their being tricked into dying trying to kill Koreans in Korea.

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Before they died, they knew they had been suckered. All six did not want to kill Koreans, even go to Korea, which they knew nothing about. Nothing about our dictatorship in the South's massacre of tens of thousands of men, women and even their children during the years before the Koreans of their northern government swept the South, welcomed by many, the southern government conscripts deserting or refusing to fight.

My six buddies would understand why today there is a unrelentingly severe military dictatorship in the northern part of Korea, knowing what we did in both northern Korea and southern Korea, flattening almost every city, town and village from the air, threatening to drop the Atomic bomb on Koreans still fighting us, more than million of them dying north of the line dividing the Korea nation, and all this happening after Korea had already been unified in six quick weeks.

Would that my six bunk-mates could know of Communist, now capitalist, China today and the nearly peaceful dissolution of the Soviet Union. Know it was not necessary for them and two and a half million Koreans to die for a political Cold War confrontation with a USSR that would cease to exist anyway.

For them and others to have died fighting millions of so called communists in small countries that were former Japanese or French colonies is sad. That my buddies and many millions of good people could be alive today but for successful lies spread in media. Were they alive, I would tell them of how Korea was divided by the U.S. and how, after the First World War,
President Wilson officially recognized the Japanese claim that Korea was Japanese territory by the right of conquest.

We seven were veterans of what exactly? Veterans of blind service to those who invest in and promote wars for profit? Of an undeclared war on a poor country?

Forget it! Better a 'VETERANS MOURN KILLING DAY!' And I have some friends who are veterans of the only legal war, World War II, that would be glad to join in because they know Rockefeller, Ford, du Pont, and just about every big U.S. industrialist invested heavily into building up Nazi Germany (while my dad sold apples on a street corner in depressed and jobless America.

Come on, Americans, especially fellow veterans! It's normal to mourn any death isn't it? We can have a day to mourn violent death instead of praising those who brought it overseas in our name.

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Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of (more...)

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