As we observe another Memorial Day holiday in the USA that kicks off the summer season, let’s not forget to remember the vacuous reasons so many of our American men and women have perished in service to their country.
World War 2 (WW2) was the last declared state of war the United States was legally engaged in. Becoming the new “empire” post WW2 has created even more controls by a bigger government that has pursued survival and dominion AT ANY COST. The costs have been staggering to the taxpayers, small business, and to the health of the nation.
Since WW2, the USA government has invaded, sent weapons, or otherwise involved in conflicts in the following countries:
- Iraq (Twice)
- Dominican Republic
- Viet Nam
- Cuba (Bay of Pigs invasion)
All of these actions within the past 70 years is incredible in its negative impact on world peace and our country’s economic stability. The total loss of lives and costs of these invasions or interventions since 1945 is astronomical. According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, just since 9/11/01:
- Over 370,000 people have died due to direct war violence, and at least 800,000 more indirectly
- 200,000 civilians have been killed as a result of the fighting at the hands of all parties to the conflict
- 10.1 million — the number of war refugees and displaced persons
- The US federal price tag for the post-9/11 wars is about $5.6 trillion dollars
- The US military is conducting counterterror activities in 76 countries
This doesnt begin to include perhaps the most costly, useless war of all…the “War against Drugs”. We save that for another discussion.
What sane, educated human beings need to ask in light of all this on “Memorial Day” is, have these continued conflicts been worth the cost? Who has benefited/profited from this insane global pursuit of wars versus peace? (Plenty of companies and politicos for sure).
One of our favorite songs from the Viet Nam era is “Imagine” by John Lennon. Now on this Memorial Day 2018, we suggest some new verses added to the song along the lines of:
- Imagine $5.6 trillion still circulating the USA economy
- Imagine NOT losing 6900 US Soldiers and the drain of their dependents on the welfare state entitlements in the USA
- Imagine the return of the 200,000 civilians killed in these recent conflicts to their families and countries.
- Imagine all that wasted taxpayer money staying in the USA economy and providing education, investment in small business for jobs, and creating a more stable culture/society
- Imagine the 76 countries the US government has militarily involved us in not hating Americans as invaders and tyrannists and instead having equitable trade with all of them
- Imagine the USA government and dark forces truly controlled by the resilient constitution under which the country was formed.
While we never blame our servicemen and women for the machinations of runaway governance and political hubris, we cannot in clear conscience give accolades or respect to our government with the blood of millions on its hands who have fallen answering the call of patriotism…from politicos who have no honor nor integrity.