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My whole life I’ve studied war, what it is, whose interests it serves, the mountains of corpses, the machinations of empire.  As USMC General Smedley Butler put it: “War is a racket.”

This is not secret information.

This is not hard to locate.  The realities of war are well-covered territory, skewed and biased as much of the reporting is.  But lies and propaganda are also well studied, mentioned, talked about, written about, even explored in documentaries and discussed on television.

Yet, infinitely repeating is this story, the young ignorant soldier who goes off for God knows why and becomes a murderous monster in the imperial machine.   Perhaps he could have studied the issue before signing on the dotted line?  Perhaps the time to investigate what’s going on is before you agree to become a willing murderer for the state?

How high of a moral bar is that for people to simply educate themselves and learn a few things about the world before participating in its destruction and carnage?  

Anyway, this song is making the viral rounds, 20 million hits.  Enjoy.

 

Here’s something else to learn about.

Charter of the United Nations
…All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.

 

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