Thursday, May 26, 2011

"Memorial Day" | Memorial Day 2011 | Memorial Day Photos | Memorial Day Today

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, and the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." Dwight D. Eisenhower

On this Memorial Day 2011, America is still enmeshed in a costly and illegal war and occupation of Iraq, rapidly increasing its military presence in illegally occupied Afghanistan and preparing for the possibility of war with Iran. Humanity is still hanging from that cross of iron and paying a heavy price for this ongoing folly.

The American War Wagon has not slowed down in 2011 but is accelerating ~ with little if any deep reflection on the true human and moral cost of this insanity.

On this Memorial Day 2011, much of the media will roll over backwards to glorify war and all the soldiers slaughtered in wars. Tributes to the dead are easy; the dead don't talk back and if they did they would most certainly say ~ why?

To save your world you asked this man to die; Would this man, could he see you now, ask why ?: W. H. Auden: "Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier"


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