Memorial Day! Americans Honor Military that Collaterally Slaughtered Millions of Non-Caucasian Children
Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark in his book The Fire This Time - US War Crimes in the Gulf wrote, and has since kept repeating, "the greatest crime since World War II has been US foreign policy." America's most famous defector from the war establishment would of course would be gratified to hear this spoken of by activists who present themselves as anti-imperialists and protest their government's deadly use of America's Armed Forces on innocent populations overseas.
Crimes are meant to be prosecuted, and criminals made to pay for what they have done! Otherwise, how on earth will the US-led Western speculative investors in profitable genocidal crimes against humanity ever stop investing in the massive murder of millions of children in their own beloved countries, often as not in their own homes in Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Congo, Guatemala, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Libya, and Syria, just to name some of the nations in which lives have been taken to a total of tens of millions in order to maintain, as Martin Luther King cried out, "unjust predatory investments."
Activists and journalists become known as 'leftists,' anti-imperialists, peace advocates', do not call
Laws long ignored are called into use when it is felt necessary by enough of the citizenry. Justice is often not served until prosecution has already taken place in the hearts of enough members of society to constitute a court of public opinion that finally comes into session when a lack of justice becomes intolerable for a society awakened to its power by a Gandhi, or a Martin Luther King.
Ramsey Clark has encouraged journalists not to write interesting exposes, erudite explanations, fascinating insights into and about the horror of a nearly continuous US genocide as if it were Realpolitik, something other than prosecutable crimes against humanity and crimes against peace. Mass homicidal events are avidly discussed in detail as news and politics, almost never as crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, rather as if these activities were as unchallengeable as the weather. By such omissions, professors and other intellectuals leave their reading public with the impression that the lethal bombings, invasions, wars of occupation and covert violence they write about are somehow lawful and that those engaging in, supporting and abetting this mayhem will not and cannot be brought before the law.
It can be argued that steadfastly avoiding calling a crime a crime over many years, is being both an accessory after the fact and an accessory before the fact, facilitating a repeat of the same crime by not having reported earlier crimes. Quoting from 'Criminal Law Lawyer Source,' "The legal definition of accessory is quite clear about an accessory after the fact being someone who helps the felon evade arrest or criminal prosecution., An accessory can be held just as liable for the criminal act as the perpetrator. For a person to legally be found guilty of an accessory offense, the prosecutors must prove that the defendant had knowledge of the crime that was going to be, or had been, committed." (This first condition to prosecution should be easy to establish, especially regarding so-called 'investigative journalists.')
Whew! It cannot be argued that these CEOs were ignorant of past prosecutable crimes against humanity, which their TV and radio stations, newspapers, magazines and motion pictures were portraying to the contrary as well intentioned 'humanitarian interventions' or 'police actions' against bad guys. Now let's carry this further to include as plausible defendants the activists known as 'leftists' and peace demonstrators. They also avoid calling a spade a spade, so to speak. 'Get out of Vietnam!' 'Out of Afghanistan' but not 'Prosecute Americans responsible!'
Once Americans had finished with their expensive massacres of soldiers and collateral slaughtering of the elderly, women and children, not having killed enough defenders of a country to make them cease fighting, Americans did 'get out of Vietnam' and Americans students were no longer drafted and sent there. The international sanctions the US then put on Vietnam were less intolerable for that poor country than the war, and that was generally acceptable for those who protested earlier and now lost interest. But who was supposed to pay for all the dead and maimed children? Didn't the protesters reinforce the absence of any demand for prosecution and justice, seeing US military action as just bad policy and not needing punishment as reported in the corporate media owned by investors in profitable genocide? The only difference was that American 'leftists' criticized what Attorney Clark described as crime, as mistakes, unwise and reprehensible, while CIA-fed news networks told us that all that killing doing good to the nation invaded, showing it as blessed by clergy and hailed it as having been a wonderful arena for young men (today they would be women as well) to become heroes for bravely and honorably giving their lives to protect us at home. (By the way, influential news media anchors and publishers might remember that five media personalities were indicted at the Nuremberg Trials, all found guilty, a few hanged. Some of us feel there will be a day of reckoning for the crimes of US presstitues.)
For how many decades did the CEOs of news corporations hail Americans killing and dying to fight communism wherever 'it raised its ugly face?' They have psyched out their captive national and even worldwide audience to the point where genocide-justifying media is not expected to explain why Americans now make money and friends with, instead of war on, the very same
During the American invasion and bombing of Korea, yours truly (astonishingly, in retrospect), allowed himself to be drafted. His young mind being filled with music, girls and making his friends laugh, the idea that his country's government
Okay, its May 2015, the umpteenth Memorial Day holiday created by the government of the young United States of America, that has been owned (as even Franklin Roosevelt, the last insider wealthy aristocratic US president of any great influence is known to have admitted to a close confident, 'by a financial element in the centers of power since the 1880s' [FDR 1932 letter to Colonel House]. A 'financial element,' we now know is dominated by investors in profitable genocide, as shown by the millions dispatched by American firepower. This 'financial element' came to be labeled the 'Military Industrial Complex' by a president who dutifully followed its desires for profitable genocide in Congo, Korea, Guatemala, Laos and Vietnam up to his last day in office when, probably feeling his conscience, he spoke a word of warning about it.
As an 2009 OpEdNews article reads, Most War Dead Are Civilians, On Memorial Day, Mourn Them First, click here
"to honor only US military dead is to glorify the military mindset. Non-Americans watching CNN in Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq will likely be squinting in grim incredulity at American indifference to the loss of THEIR country's lives. Memorial Day is NOT Veterans' Day, but a day of solemn mourning, so let's be inclusive."
For emphasis, let us add, Good Americans Mourn First the Millions America Slaughtered, Then Mourn US Soldiers (OpEdNews May, 2013) click here Besides mourning our own, mourn the patriots of US-invaded countries that 'fell' fighting against overwhelming odds, and their civilian countrymen and countrywomen and children who fell 'in harms way' of those US invading forces. Nothing less than this can dent the Memorial Day adulation of dying for what Rev. King called "atrocity wars to maintain predatory investments."
A few years ago, even the centrist Veterans For Peace finally came through with "Vets Ask Mourn For Those Killed By Americans in Battle in US Wars of Aggression!" OpEdNews, May, 2012, click here "On this Memorial Day, Veterans For Peace asks you to mourn not only for Americans killed in battle, but also for those killed by Americans in battle, to accept that these war deaths did not have to happen--that they were actually in vain. Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died in American wars of aggression. That is a tragedy and is a truth that must be accepted and for which we must take responsibility." VFP President."
What about loving American parents remembering, and mourning again the death of beloved sons and daughters who died while honestly thinking they were serving their country, and not speculative investments in the criminal use of US Armed Forces? We respect their grief, for it is pure. It is normal and expected that family and friends of the deceased shall grieve, regardless of the conditions under which their loved ones passed from this world. The Vietnamese hold tight to a tradition of throwing a dinner party annually on the date of a family member's death. And if the family had a good year financially, the dinner party will probably be more sumptuous, and the American assistant conductor of the Ho Chi Minh founded Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra might even be invited, regardless of the fact that the family member was killed by Americans. (In Buddhist equanimity, it is the same as if a tree had fallen on the relative being remembered.) Remembering our dear but dead relatives and friends is a reflection of one's capacity to love deeply, vicariously feeling the grief of others a reflection of our humanity, and compassion for the grief of non-Americans is a sign of a broader sensitively and intelligence.
But what about the poor bastards watching the parades and listening to the music and speeches honoring dead buddies, who never got over having taken part, or having been a witness to the collateral killing of women and children while the intentional killing of as many as possible of their husbands and fathers was going on. How do these veterans with blood on their hands stomach being honored by their generals, among others, on Memorial Day?
One could wax on and on about the implications of celebrating a three day Memorial Day week-end. The original idea behind a special day for public grieving and remembering those who died in the American Civil War was to bind the wounds left by war. It wasn't meant to excuse or praise war itself. Yours truly always thinks in anguish about his four bunk buddies from Army basic training, whose remains were hurriedly thrown into a hole in the ground somewhere in North Korea, while destiny had your future author touring Europe playing music in a symphony orchestra of the 7th US Army occupying post Nazi Germany. I knew these eighteen and nineteen year olds very well. Boy would they be pissed (to put it mildly), if they could hear Memorial Day praise about their having heroically given their lives! Jesus knows they didn't want to die for something they didn't even understand, and they had time before they were killed to notice they had been sent to a dirt poor half destroyed place where people didn't have enough to eat. They would, if they could, raise their body parts up out of that hole in that ancient country of Koreans speaking a language they couldn't understand, and rush down like banshees upon those geeks parading with flagsin their smart looking medal-bedecked uniforms and kick their pathetic asses down the street. These young buddies of mine were full of life and laughter, and they died so some already wealthy insane investors on Wall Street could make a killing on the stock market, just as they made a killing buying and selling bombs during WW II, and are making big money buying and selling bombs for the phony 'war on terror' they themselves crafted using the media and government they own and control.
These less than human automaton investors in war who control what America, sees, hears and reads, they have to stay busy making sure not too many grieving family members know the truth about the obvious, namely, the killing of innocent people in their very own country, as often as not in their own homes. Their patriotism-exuding well-paid news anchors will lie and misrepresent and quote the meaningless old saw, 'war is war,' but no war was ever declared since WW II.
This author, dedicated only to stopping the killing, will continue to write about Memorial Day as he has done since 2006, when almost beat up at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in New York City for holding up a sign with another elderly professor that read: Mourn! Not Honor!, Our Dying in Dishonorable, Murderous Wars OpEdNews, May 2009 click here The use of the words 'honor' and 'praise' for someone like Muhammad Ali, who refused to do what we, for our failure to be as human as Ali, unfortunately went along with.