Things I didn't know about
When the events of
For example, I knew (not long after, at least) that Ariel Sharon's arrogant strut on the Temple Mount / Haram al Sharif on September 28th, 2000, was a cynical provocation, and caused the Second Intifada, and that whereas in the 20 months prior, five Israelis had been killed by terrorism, in the twenty months following 440 Israelis had died from terrorist activity. These figures derive from an Excel spreadsheet which was on the web for several years, the URL of which was http://www.terrorvictims.com/victims979.html. This has since been removed. Fortunately, I have saved a copy, which is now posted here, (with my arithmetic notated).
I also knew that the
I thought I was close to the
truth. Then I heard an
interview on Fresh Air with Stephen
Kinzer about his then (
British Foreign Office asked Truman to overthrow him, but Truman would none of
it. Clement Atlee, the Socialist, wasn't
interested either. But when Churchill
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A few more appalling medicine balls thrown at the then-flabby unprepared solar-plexus of my patriotism:
· The testimony of Maj. Gen. Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC, (d.1940), in particular this quote from a speech delivered in 1933, reprinted as Time of Peace, in Common Sense, Nov. 1935. This is a reasonably definitive page about the printed version: http://chss.montclair.edu/english/furr/butler1.html
War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.
in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over
here to fight, then we'll fight. The trouble with
I wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.
It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.