Monday, May 26, 2008

From Aggression to Deception - Jim Kirwan

May 25, 2008

art by Jim Kirwan

‘Memorial Day,’ supposedly the day we remember those in uniform who died in defense of the nation. It is time we began to deconstruct those deaths, in order to determine just what it was that so many millions of people have died ‘for’ in the sixty-one years since America’s military has been attempting to hide itself, behind the deceptive title of The US Department of Defense.

From 1789 to 1947 the United States had an actual War Department: until September 18, 1947 when the National Security Act of that year established The US Department of Defense. However the name change was only cosmetic and virtually meaningless in terms of the levels of US aggressions around the world. (1)

When we supposedly pause tomorrow to remember the nation’s dead from all the wars, this might also be a time to reflect on why this nation uses so much force in its international diplomacy, as if there is no other way to run US foreign policy, except from the smoking barrels of our own and now our privatized military-contractors weapons as well.

Civilized nations long ago have established that ‘wars do not solve conflicts, wars only create more conflict.’ To that maxim, the literal history of the USA has added “War is the most direct path to power and wealth.” While this is apparently true; how did it happen that these outlawed private actions became the job of the US military. How could this nation tolerate the creation of these illegal pathways to privatized power and wealth, being blazed by US combat troops? It was simple once America allowed all the lines to become blurred between government and private enterprise, especially in the business of making war for greed and profit; and completely aside from the national best-interests of this nation. The end result of these “policies” comes down to what Marine-General Smedley Butler discovered back in the dusts of history: Namely that privatized power corrupts absolutely!

"I spent 33 years...being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism...

"I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1916. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City [Bank] boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street...

"In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested...I had...a swell racket. I was rewarded with honors, medals, promotions...I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate a racket in three cities. The Marines operated on three continents..."

However since this part of history was never part of “American History” most Americans have no knowledge of this man or of what his experiences should have taught all of us. Perhaps that’s part of why the US is so lacking in any solutions today, to any problem that does not end in war! Part of that answer can be found in the list of charges pending under the Articles of Impeachment for George W. Bush the dictator. (3)

Now sixty years later, the world is still bleeding from the open wound in Palestine, created by the attempted creation of Israel, by a corrupt US president. The war-making aggression against the Palestinians began with Israel’s use of US tactics as practiced against the native populations here, tactics that we used to ‘clear’ this country of its original inhabitants. Now the United States is using these same genocidal tactics against those still resisting our current hostile takeover attempts in Iraq and Afghanistan. All because the lessons of history were never learned or understood by the Americans in whose name these atrocities are still being committed. (4)

The men and women who have died carrying out the orders of our various commanders-in-chief, have definitely died: Only the reason for their deaths remains unclear. Shrouded in secrecy, denied their public due as fallen members of the military, and denied also their right to adequate compensation for their loss of limbs and sanity, as well as the benefit due them for the risks they assumed not for the defense of the US Constitution, but for those that directly benefit from their injury or death the multi-national bankers and their corporations! (5)

This complete corruption of the once-bright-line between the US military and the privatized military services, including contractors must be re-established: just as the entire organization of this government’s priorities must be dragged out of the shadows and examined in the clear light of public discussion, congressional oversight, and Impeachment proceedings wherever these ‘new’ investigations might lead. Otherwise this National Day of Remembrance will continue to be nothing but another fraud, another shopping day without a point, in a nation that is far too proud of not having a national memory. . . (6)

Jim Kirwan


1) From Wounded Knee to Iraq A Century of U.S. Military Interventions
2) The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer
3) Demand Immediate Action on a Bill of Impeachment of President Bush
4) The world marks 60 years of Zionist terror made possible by a corrupt US president
5) How George Bush Supports Our Troops – video
6) Jeremy Scahill Responds to Blackwater CEO of U.S. Military Interventions

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