"The West won the
world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by
its superiority in applying
organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never
do." - Samuel Phillips Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the
Remaking of World Order
"Violence is a drug, indeed it is the most potent
narcotic known to humankind. Those most addicted to violence are
those who have access to weapons and
a penchant for force." - Christopher Lynn Hedges
"The tentacles of this high-intensity violence, now
normalized, reach into every aspect of society - a spectacle that does not
unsettle but thrives on more shocks, more bloodshed and more
suffering." - Henry A.
Humans were hunters and gatherers
they became warriors.
Ancient Cro-Magnon likely began
eating flesh 2.5 million years
ago.Caleb E. Finch identified eight genes that
evolved in human beings to manage saturated fat, cholesterol and other hazards
of flesh eating.
One of the
genes is called apoE. A particular form, known as apoE3, evolved in Cro-Magnon
some time after the divergence of Cro-Magnon from Neanderthal. ApoE3 is known
to help protect Cro-Magnon against heart disease. The seven other
genes help protect Cro-Magnon from infectious agents carried in meat and
against overdose of iron and other metals that are relatively abundant in flesh
compared with plants.
"Our results strongly suggest that wild
chimpanzees exchange meat for sex on a long-term basis." - Cristina
At some point in history
Cro-Magnon began to
eat the flesh of animals.
Violence is a common Cro-Magnon heritage due simply to the fact Cro-Magnon have
genes to digest flesh.
Human beings, granted life by the Creator and
Sustainer, understand the taking of flesh to be a necessary evil done only for
The attitude of group superiority proscribes a social law in
which it is acceptable for individual members of the social group to commit
violent acts in the name of and for the benefit of the social group outside the
taking of life for sustenance.
If a social
culture believes itself to be a civil then, by reason of
Natural Law, it would not glorify the
unnecessary taking of life.
violence, especially frequently used institutionalized violence, is not what
citizens of a 'free', 'just' and 'compassionate' society would expect to be
common traits of the institutional cultural establishments of a 'free', 'just'
and 'compassionate' culture.
The myth that institutionalized violence will 'shock and awe' the evil doer into submission,
when expedient, is causing the American psyche to become ever more
human predators entranced by the
Wetiko revolution respond to
the false need to "pacify" those
branded as "other."
In narcissistic satisfaction thay pat
themsleves on the back in self-congratulation.
responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the
Earth of evil." George Walker Bush,
National Security Strategy 2002
1993 Robert Meyrowitz* brings extreme
fighting to America with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Robert Meyrowitz first sells extreme fighting to pay-per-view providers
through his incorporation Semaphore Entertainment Group. Robert
Meyrowitz also brought Ozzy Osbourne into America's living room.
1996 "The cumulative impact of violence-laden imagery can lead
to a "mean-world" perspective,
in which viewers have an unrealistically dark view of life." - The Christian
Science Monitor, November 18, 1996
are concerned about this race to the bottom. They wonder if there even is a
bottom. I do, too." - FCC, Michael J. Copps 01/07
"American kids want to
relate to something. American kids want something edgy. American kids are
looking for identity, something that makes them feel tough." - Jeff Clark,
president North County Fight Club 01/07
"Violence is like the
cigarettes. The reason why the media has to pump ever more violence into us
is because we've built up a tolerance. In order to get the same high, we need
ever-higher levels. The television
industry has gained its market share through an addictive and toxic
ingredient." - Lt. Col. David Grossman
"The debate is over! For the
last three decades, the one predominant finding in research on the corporate
media is that exposure to media portrayals of violence increases aggressive
behavior in children." - American Psychiatric Association
Americans generally do not
regard themselves as arrogant, abusive, violent, mean, petty and ignoble.
Empirical verifiable social scientific evidence suggests otherwise.
professor Stanley Milgram had individuals apply electric shocks in a
training experiment for incorrect answers. Participants were asked to turn the
voltage up, even to where the dial read "danger," a point at which the victim
could be heard screaming. Although often reluctant, two-thirds of the subjects
continued to follow orders to administer shocks.
psychology professor Philip
G. Zimbardo initiated an experiment in which participating Stanford students
were designated either as prisoners or guards, with guards told to maintain
order. The project had to be prematurely terminated as the guards for no
apparent motivation other than fulfilling
their roles becoming uncomfortably abusive toward the
Violence on broadcast television began approaching "epidemic
proportions," surging 75% between 1998 and 2005.
"Media violence causes
aggressive and antisocial behavior, desensitize viewers to future
violence and increase
that they are living in a mean and dangerous world. Children younger than 8
cannot uniformly discriminate
between real life and fantasy/entertainment. They quickly
learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving even complex
problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero." - American Academy of
"Violence is a built-in feature of our
worldview; it is implicit in our
conception of ourselves as separate beings in a universe of discrete others
competing for survival; moreover the objectification of other beings, species,
people, and the earth itself enables and legitimizes violence toward
It is when we get lost in
the manmade realm of abstractions - statistics, names of countries, figures
in accounting ledgers - and believe them to be real that we end up perpetrating
violence. The increasing ubiquity of depictions of graphic violence and
diabolical cruelty in the entertainment media have
inured us to violent or tragic images even when they are not fictitious.
The endemic exposure to violence in our culture desensitizes us. The
suffering of others takes on an unreality, without which we could never
continue to perpetrate it. Violence seems not to be violence when it is only a
weed, only an animal, only a savage, only an enemy, only a thing." - adapted
Americans have been fed a
ponerologic vision of
cheerleaders of this vision include:
spoke of the America as the "last best
urged us to "pay any price,
bear any burden, meet any hardship"
the myth of just war
"Violence is a symptom of
a wounded spirit." - Charles
War fosters alienation which inevitably leads to
War is necrophilia, pure blood
The truth about war
comes out, but usually too late.
The essence of
war is death.
Americans, assured by those that create war that
truth has no bearing on the gloriously
violent enterprise of war, see
the war in Iraq only through the distorted lens of conquers.
'reporters', dependent on the military for food, transportation and security,
have a natural and understandable tendency, one I have
myself felt, to protect those who are
protecting them. They are not allowed to
report outside of the unit and are, in effect, captives. Embedded 'reporters'
have no relationships with the occupied, essential to all
balanced reporting of
conflicts, but only with the
American Marines and
soldiers who drive through desolate
mud-walled towns and pump grenades and machine gun bullets into
houses, leaving scores of nameless
dead and wounded in their wake.
Embedded 'reporters' admire and laud
these fighters for their physical courage and feel
protected by the jet fighters, the heavy
artillery and throaty rattle of machine guns - but rarely experience the
reality of slaughter. Nearly every embedded war correspondent sees
his or her mission as sustaining civilian
and army morale.
"Americans are fed the myth of
The myth of war, the myth of
the myth of honor sells
newspapers and boosts
television ratings, real war reporting creates peace marches.
In war time, as Senator Hiram Johnson
reminded us in 1917, "truth is the first casualty."
knowledge of the war in Iraq has to be viewed
as lacking the sweep and depth that will come one day when
a small Iraqi boy reaches
adulthood and unfolds for us the sad and tragic story of the invasion and
bloody occupation of Iraq.
I have spent most of my adult life in
war. My life has been deformed by the organized industrial violence that year
after year was an intimate part of my existence. I have
watched young men bleed to death on lonely Central American dirt roads and
cobblestone squares in Sarajevo. I have looked into the eyes of mothers,
kneeing over the lifeless and mutilated bodies of their children. I have stood
in warehouses with rows of corpses, including children, and breathed death into
I carry within me the ghosts of those I worked with, my
comrades in war, now long gone, dead and buried.
In war time all human
beings become objects, objects either
to gratify or destroy or both. No one is immune. The contagion of the
crowd sees to that.
Weil wrote, "is as pitiless to the man who possess it, or thinks he does, as it
is to his victims. The second it crushes; the first it intoxicates."
This myth, the lie of
human beings as
objects, about Americans as perfect
heroes, is imploding American democracy.
Americans shun introspection and
Americans ignore truth, to
embrace the strange, disquieting certitude and hubris offered by the radical
imperialist Christian right about a war between good and evil.
the long war on terror grinds on
Americans sink into the
morass of the corporate media embrace of the
god of war,
Mars, and the
god of death,
Yahweh deforms human spirtual essence
causing the Eternal Soul to strive for MICE
Americans who stand up and find
the moral courage to condemn the
God of War are considered unpatriotic and
shot dead with their hands in the air.
True Christians, those fighting
the mindset of the Wetiko
revolution like Lavoy Finicum, are
heretics for fighting evil, for refusing to
worship Yahweh and for despising
The attacks on the
World Trade Center, the dramatic
explosions, the fireballs, the victims
plummeting to their deaths, the collapse of the towers in Manhattan, were
straight out of
Americans delivered incendiary messages in
Vietnam and Serbia. After the attacks on
the World Trade Center Americans
delivered incendiary messages in Afghanistan and
McGeorge Bundy, ghostwriter
for Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, claimed the bombing of
Hiroshima was a
meaningful message sent to Japan which saved
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (former
World Bank and
CEO) in the summer of 1965
authorized the bombing raids that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians
north of Saigon as a means of 'communication' to the Communist regime in
Americans wallow in the myth of war,
the myth of glory,
the myth of honor,
the myth of patriotism and
the myth of heroism, words that in
the terror and brutality of combat are empty, meaningless and obscene.
Thucydides wrote of Athens' expanding empire
and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at
home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others,
Athens finally imposed on itself and then Athens died.
If Americans do not confront the
lies and hubris told to justify the killing
and mask the
destruction carried out in the name of the
American people in Iraq, if Americans do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of
empire and occupation, if Americans continue to allow force and violence to be
our primary form of communication, if
Americans do not remove from power our flag waving, cross bearing, falsely
patriotic versions of the
Taliban, Americans will not so
much defeat dictators such as Saddam Hussein as become them."
- adapted from Chris
the truth of
"One of the most
noble things you can do is kill
the enemy." - Major Douglas Zembiec, killed May 10, 2007 while conducting
a raid in Baghdad
"War is something so monstrous that it befits wild
beasts rather than men, so crazy that the poets even imagine that it is let
loose by Furies, so deadly that is sweeps like a plague through the world, so
unjust that it is generally best carried on by the worst type of bandit, so
impious that it is quite alien to Christ; and yet they leave everything to
devote themselves to war alone. Here even decrepit old men can be seen showing
the vigour of youths in their prime, undaunted by the cost, unwearied by
hardship, not a whit deterred though they turn law, religion, peace, and all
humanity completely upside down. And there's no lack of learned sycophants to
put the name of zeal, piety, and valour to this manifest insanity, and to think
up a means whereby it is possible for a man to draw a murderous sword and
plunge it into his brother's vitals without loss of the supreme charity which
in accordance with Christ's teaching every Christian owes his neighbour." -
taking steroids, Valium, hooked on painkillers,
drinking and popping multiple Benzhexol pills
(a strong hallucinogenic when abused).
They'd go on raids and patrols totally stoned. We're killing the wrong
people all the time, and mostly by
accident. One guy in my squadron ran over a family with his tank. There's a lot
of guys who steal from the Iraqis.
Money, family heirlooms, and then they brag about it. Guys
would crap into MRE bags and throw them to old men begging for food." - Cliff
Hicks, American soldier recently stationed in Iraq
"I helped run the CIA's rendition program. Simply
and callously put, covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require
killing. Although the covert services can successfully eliminate the enemy
leaders, its foot soldiers and civilian supporters are not being wiped out." -
Michael F. ScheuerSix days after the
911 attacks George Walker Bush
authorized an unprecedented range of covert action, including renditions,
assassinations, disinformation campaigns
and cyber attacks against those identified as
CIA's Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition Group to kidnap
people: dressed head to toe in black, including
masks, they blindfold and
cut the clothes off captives, administer an enema and sleeping drugs; they
transport their victims to a detention facility operated by cooperative
"allies", including Afghanistan, or one of the CIA's own covert prisons, a
911 attacks, the staff of the Counter
Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300 to 1,200 nearly
overnight. J. Cofer Black embraced a "Talmudwood model" of operations
which played well with George Walker
Bush, where the president was keeping a scorecard of captured or killed
Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian
citizen kidnapped in
October 2001 was sent to Egypt for interrogation where he was burned by
cigarettes, given electric shocks and beaten.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi, a
Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned himself in to the Mauritanian
police 18 days after the 911 attacks
because Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard the Americans were looking for him.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi was spirited to Jordan, where he spent eight months
Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by
Indonesia authorities in
January 2002, was flown to Egypt for interrogation. Muhammad Saad Iqbal
Madni was then tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.
Khaled el-Masri, a German
citizen, stated, "I saw
seven or eight men with black clothing and wearing
masks. They beat me from
all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet. With knives or scissors they
took away my clothes. In silence.
The beating was just to humiliate me,
to hurt me, to make me afraid, to make me silent. They stripped me naked. I was
terrified. They tried to take off my pants. I tried to stop them so they beat
me again. I was humiliated. And when
I was naked I heard a camera."
The first night Khaled el-Masri was
kicked and beaten and warned by an interrogator: "You are here in a country
where no one knows about you, in a country where there is no law. If you die,
we will bury you, and no one will know."
Khaled el-Masri's passport
analysis by Office of Technical Services concluded the passport was
The CIA had
imprisoned the wrong man. A reverse rendition was suggested. Return Khaled
el-Masri to Macedonia and release him. There would be no trace. No airplane
tickets. Nothing. No one would believe him.
On the day of his release,
the prison's director, who Khaled el-Masri believed was an American, told him
that he had been held because he "had a suspicious name."
bus driver has confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken away by border guards
on the date he gave investigators. A
analysis of Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the
period he says he was in the prison. Flight logs show a plane registered to a
CIA front incorporation flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled el-Masri says
he was flown to Afghanistan. A Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan Inc.,
provided flight planning and logistical support with the full knowledge it was
profiting from what one senior incorporation official openly described as
Khaled el-Masri's lawsuit against the federal
government was first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by the Supreme
Court in October 2007. The first judge and the Supreme Court justices honored
the request of the George Walker Bush
administration to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that trying the case would
reveal secret classified
information about American actions in the 'war on terror' and thus provide
material support to the terrorists.
I heard about the imprisonment of Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and
imprisoned for over five months by the CIA, the more sick to my stomach I
became. What ever happened to justice, honor and decency? If you wonder why
people hate us, this is it. The
George Walker Bush administration is
refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding behind "state secrets." It
makes me embarrassed to call myself an American." - Cpl. Robert A. Pratt,
"It is incredible that Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped
by US government agents, abused and transported to Afghanistan for torture in a
secret prison, then dumped on an Albanian hillside five months later when
agents realized he was not the right person. This sounds more like the behavior
of Nazi Germany or Chile under
Augusto Pinochet. The US
has become a rogue nation, one that believes it alone has the right to
disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations. The state secrets
defense, born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its lies and
ineptitude in the US vs. Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become an
easy way for the government to avoid accountability." - Alex
"El-Masri's ordeal received front-page media coverage throughout
the world and has been the subject of criminal and intergovernmental
investigations in Europe. His allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony
and physical evidence. Nonetheless, when we brought suit against former
CIA Director George
Tenet and others seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri,
the Bush administration insisted
the case be dismissed because any litigation of the claims would reveal state
secrets. The government's argument prevailed, and the Supreme Court declined to
intervene. As the law stands, the US can engage in torture, declare it a state
secret and, by virtue of that designation alone, avoid any accountability for
conduct that violates the Constitution and universal human rights guarantees. A
broad range of executive misconduct has
been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner
"Extraordinary renditions are utterly inconsistent with our broader
foreign policy goals of promoting
democracy and the rule of law, the
very foundations of civil society. These practices have brought America
universal condemnation and have frustrated our
efforts to work in a concerted way with our allies in fighting terrorism.
They also yield no good intelligence.
Up until November
2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary" renditions and not a
single one has been convicted of a crime. These renditions have undermined our
very commitment to fundamental American values. These fundamental American
values are what define us a people, as a nation. When we allow our government
to undermine them, we
undermine everything we stand
for, everything we are.
Look at the case of Khaled El-Masri, an
innocent man kidnapped and brought to Afghanistan by the CIA where he was
brutally interrogated and then dumped off in the Albanian countryside. Nations
across the globe envy our commitment to freedom and the
rule of law. But they are appalled at
our hypocrisy when we betray those
values." - Congressman William Delahunt
intelligence is going to come from
abusive practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the Army Deputy Chief of Staff
George Tenet, told the
911 Commission that even before
911 the US had abducted more than 70
foreigners it considered terrorists - a
process George Walker Bush administration has declared legal under the
label "extraordinary rendition".
"Let us not forget that violence does not
live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven
with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural
bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support
in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must
inexorably choose falsehood as his priciple." -
Witnesses to the
slaying of Iraqi civilians by
American Marines in the
village of Haditha say the American
Marines shot men, women and children at
close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine lance corporal in a roadside bombing.
Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident watched and listened as American Marines went from
house killing members of three families.
Aws Fahmi heard Younis Salim
Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members.
"I heard Younis speaking to the American
Marines, saying: 'I am friend. I am good,'
they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi
The girls killed
inside Younis Salim Khafif's house
were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1.
Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma
Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8; Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the
house next door.
43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and an infant were
killed in the third house.
Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her
mother's blood spilling onto her making
her look dead.
One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while
unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint
"Democracy assassinated the
family that was here" -
graffiti seen later on
one of the houses.
Warplanes conducted airstrikes, dropping
500-pound bombs on more than one house to cover up the massacre.
"In addition to the American Marines' individual actions, "jets dropped
500- pound bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in
morality and leadership"
doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out, third tour of
duty American Marines. It stops at the very top, with
George Walker Bush." - Jess
"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to
American troops in the field but to our whole society. Not just to the liars in government but to
those that believe them too easily. It is past time for Americans to summon the
civil courage to face what is
being done in their name and refuse to be accomplices." - Daniel
The soldiers found no insurgents in the
village of My Lai on the
morning of March 16, 1968. One
platoon led by
Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds of
civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies. Some were tortured
or raped. Dozens were herded into a ditch and executed with automatic firearms.
In the spring of 1972, the survivors of the My Lai massacre,
were "accidently" slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and artillery
No Gun Ri In the chaotic early days of the
Korean War, groups of refugees
fleeing a North Korean advance attempted to cross American lines despite
warning shots. Up to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one
incident because American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist
gunmen. A document found in the National Archives in April 2007 noted
that the army had a policy of shooting approaching civilians. A memo, dated
July 25, 1950, from the United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on
Strafing Civilian Targets", written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls
that, "the army has requested that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that
are noted approaching our positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with
the army request in this regard."
In 1999 the
New York Times reported that 30 South
Korean survivors and relatives of
victims had filed a lawsuit in 1997 that "described a three-day period of
killing, saying that American planes had strafed hundreds of refugees who were
fleeing from North Korean troops, leaving about 100 people dead. The
survivors fled under the bridge,
where they said they were pinned by American troops who shot and killed almost
all the refugees." The suit was rejected on a technicality.(The technicality is
might makes right!)
Haditha, My Lai and No Gun Ri massacres raise
serious questions about how
often incidents like this occur and are
successfully covered up by airstrikes.
The archives of the Vietnam War
Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General William
C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland
substantiated 300 atrocities which included: seven massacres from 1967 through
1971 in which at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight other attacks on
noncombatants in which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and 15
sexually assaulted; One hundred forty-one
instances in which American soldiers tortured civilian detainees or prisoners
of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric shock.
Members of a
reconnaissance platoon swept through the Que Son Valley, burning homes,
slaughtering animals and clearing
civilians. Members of the platoon killed: an unarmed boy standing outside a
cluster of huts; three women and three children in a hut; executed an elderly
woman and a baby; raped a woman and a young girl and then executed civilian
detainees. The unit reported the victims as enemy killed in action.
the same day as the massacre at My Lai, American soldiers from the same
division killed an undetermined number of women and children in neighboring My
Khe. American soldiers tossed grenades into shelters and shot women, and
children as they ran for cover or tried to flee. Over the next three days,
members of the unit burned three sub-hamlets to the ground and tortured
detainees with electric shocks. The unit reported 39 enemy combatants killed
but recovered no weapons and suffered no casualties.
American helicopter "hunter-killer" team attacked a
village in Cambodia with rockets and
machine gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding
15. After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South
Vietnamese troops. No enemy weapons or
other war materiel were found. The troops provided no medical treatment to the
wounded and made off with "large quantities of civilian property, including
tobacco, poultry, and radios, and the American captain returned to the aircraft
with a motorcycle."
The documents, archives
of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group have now been reclassified
"secret" and removed from the
"It is almost impossible for a Marine warrior to take on the
mantle of benevolent overseer. When American soldiers are sent out to kill the
enemy, and then become the force of an occupying power where there is no force
monopoly, atrocities are inevitable.
It happened in Vietnam War; it is
happening in Iraq. The problem is exacerbated by being in an alien culture with
overextended tours of duty. The tension of
being constantly on guard against ambush and death, of not being able to
respond with a trained warrior's need to act with decisive force, develops
enormous pressures. It does not take
a psychiatrist to deduce that among 150,000 men and women, something or someone
has got to give to release that pressure. I do not believe we can bully
people into our form of democracy; we can only corrupt our own." - Robert
"Truly reducing violence involves changing
hearts and minds. Black power activist H.
Rap Brown said that "violence is as American as cherry pie." Indeed, it's
everywhere, from our popular culture to our
geopolitics. Challenging our culture's
obsession with death and
destruction takes swords-into-plowshares
leadership, and if you haven't noticed, Isaiahs are in short supply." - Diane
War is a racket. It always has
been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the
most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in
scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the
losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as
something that is not what it seems to the
majority of the 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 very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
World War a mere handful
garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and
billionaires were made in the US during the
World War. That many admitted
their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war
millionaires falsified their tax returns no one
How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How
many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in
a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights,
ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a
bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in
Three steps must be taken to smash the war
We must take the profit out of war;
permit those who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war;
We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.
The chief aim
of any power of disarmament conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to
prevent war but rather to get more armament. Professional soldiers and sailors
don't want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants
to be without a command. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for
limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background
but all-powerful, just the same, are the
sinister agents of those who
profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or
seriously limit armaments.
Yes, ships will continue to be built, for
the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured
and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their
huge profits. And the soldiers, of course,
must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.
There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability.
That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every
rifle, every tank, every war plane. " - Major General
Smedley Darlington Butler USMC -
medals for heroism, the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor (2)
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agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race.
Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious
practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their religious ideology. This
web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of the
Way of Life - a rational gnostic mystery religion based on reason which
requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no supreme leader, no church
buildings and in which each and every individual is encouraged to develop a
personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer through the pursuit of the
knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the spiritual corruption that has
enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The Truth of the Way of Life are
spelled out in detail on this web site by the author. Violent acts against
individuals due to their religious beliefs in America is considered a "hate
This web site in no way condones violence. To the contrary the
intent here is to reduce the violence that is already occurring due to the
international corporate cartels desire to control the human race. The
international corporate cartel already controls the world economic system,
corporate media worldwide, the global industrial military entertainment complex
and is responsible for the collapse of morals, the elevation of self-centered
behavior and the destruction of global ecosystems. Civilization is based on
cooperation. Cooperation does not occur at the point of a gun.
social mores and values have declined precipitously over the last century as
the corrupt international cartel has garnered more and more power. This power
rests in the ability to deceive the populace in general through corporate media
by pressing emotional buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population
through prior corporate media psychological operations. The results have been
the destruction of the family and the destruction of social structures that do
not adhere to the corrupt international elites vision of
a perfect world. Through distraction and
coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been
directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that
further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.
views and opinions presented on this web site are the views and opinions of
individual human men and women that, through their writings, showed the
capacity for intelligent, reasonable, rational, insightful and unpopular
thought. All factual information presented on this web site is believed to be
true and accurate and is presented as originally presented in print media which
may or may not have originally presented the facts truthfully. Opinion and
thoughts have been adapted, edited, corrected, redacted, combined, added to,
re-edited and re-corrected as nearly all opinion and thought has been
throughout time but has been done so in the spirit of the original writer with
the intent of making his or her thoughts and opinions clearer and relevant to
the reader in the present time.
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