Memorial Day was originally meant to be a solemn day of mourning for families, relatives and friends of Americans fallen on both sides in the Civil War.
It has long become an opportunity for jingoistic media, deceiving politicians and recruiting officers to glorify war and warfare as a means of proving one’s manhood and patriotism.
We are treated with festive military flags and speeches praising dying in uniform. And every American war, no matter how murderously despicable, is described as having been an honorable one.
Honest Americans will notice the hype and hypocrisy of not permitting families to grieve in peaceful fond remembrance of their sons. No, instead of reverent compassion, we witness parades and ceremonies glorifying the death of American men who died killing Koreans in Korea, napalming Vietnamese in Vietnam, bombing Laotians in Laos, Cambodians in Cambodia, killing Iraqis in Iraq, Libyans in Libya, Somali in Somalia, Panamanians in Panama, Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, Afghanis in Afghanistan and Syrians in Syria. All are hailed as heroes by the very same media that conned them and politicians who drafted them or tricked them into enlisting with lies, half-truths and fear mongering to justify immoral, criminal, often genocidal war, always undeclared in blatant disregard of international law, Geneva Conventions, and our own Constitution.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s, cry “God bless America? No, no, God damn America for her crimes against humanity!” Is appropriate a nd so is American film maker Michael Moore’s statement,“sick and twisted violent people that we’ve been for hundreds of years, it’s something that’s just in our craw, just in our DNA. Americans kill people, because that’s what we do. We invade countries. We send drones in to kill civilians.”
Imagine What Many Informed GIs Who Lost Their Lives Might Be Saying On Memorial Day If They Could Speak from Their Graves:
‘On Memorial Day, while our family and friends mourn our absence, conglomerate owned media, after having used our patriotism to have us fight criminally unjust wars based on lies, now hypes our inglorious death as beautiful military service, blacking out media’s having deceived us into participating in senseless massacres of millions of men, women and children in their very own country over the last 60 years.
Confronted with constant indoctrination to love of war by fear promoting corporate mass disinformation media, veterans, who have survived must remember that those of us who paid the highly profiled ‘ultimate sacrifice’ (read, threw away our lives for worst than nil), are watching from our graves, furious, as criminal media portrays us as just so God damned happy to have given up fifty or sixty years of mornings, sunsets, love, friendship, and the sheer exhilaration of being alive, to have been shot like pig in a poke or shredded by some stupid land mine, so some mentally challenged moral failures as a human beings speculating investors and CEOs can play with their dividends and derivatives earning charts.
Many, who mourn us as fallen comrades, must do so in bitter heartbreak and anger. For more than a half century, all of us veterans, both living and dead, were tricked into disservice to our country and humanity, while only some of us paid for our ignorance and innocence with our lives.
And whether we gave our lives in that ‘good war’ against the fascism that American industrialists and bankers seeking huge profits had heavily invested and joint ventured to build up the Nazi war machine, or died during the invasion, occupation and destruction of Iraq, our politicians pat our families on the back with equal thanks.
For whether we died fighting the powerful land, sea and air forces that had attacked and declared war on our country, or died after being lied to and deceived into committing war crimes in near defenseless nations, it makes no difference to Wall Street. Wealthy investors on Wall Street make money either way, in any war, and the death and destruction war brings.
Whether we lose a war, after murdering millions of Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians, or stalemate, after bringing death to a more than three million Koreans, our deaths are considered to have contributed to saving all those millions from having to live under communist governments. (However, we note that our government today, ironically enjoys lucrative trade, and has warm relations, with the communist governments of China and Vietnam.)
Whether some thousands of us have died while killing Afghanis in Afghanistan, or merely a dozen of us fell during the manslaughter of a thousand Panamanians, who stood in the way of our capture of their former CIA drug dealing President, we receive the same gratitude from the industrial-military-complex via commercial TV programing.
Whether we were two dozen, dying during our invasion of the Dominican Republic to prevent the restoration of democracy and their elected but overthrown President, or three hundred of us blown away in our sleep by a suicide truck bomber in Lebanon, we all died in government issued clothes and were worthy of a thank you from the Presidential CIA advisors whose plans our commanding generals were carrying out.
Whether we fell serving atrocities happening before our very eyes or were victims of errant friendly fire, we receive the same level of appreciation from politicians and media holding us up as exemplary, to entice recruits to aspire to similar glorification from their peers and society.’
And just one more thing. Tell that dippy ‘why me worry,’ American public with its finger up its anus: ‘You are responsible for the murderous crimes of your government. You, yes, you, mesmerized Americans glued to your entertainment/news advertising lying TV. You are responsible for all the death of the millions we US GIs were ordered to kill, and of course responsible as well for the death of every American soldier who died following criminal orders to invade some smaller nation which had not attacked the United States of America. Your President is just one public servant, don’t shrug your responsibility off on him.
So on Memorial Days don’t focus obsequiously on us. We paid both the price of our ignorance and your indifference to your citizen responsibilities. Apart from the loving attention of dear families and acquaintances, the voiceless dead veterans despise your media anchors interest in ‘honoring’ our cadavers.
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For God’s sake, get Americans to join the human race and mourn the people we were sent to kill but fell in love with before dying. Those millions that were victims of our wars were our, and your, brothers and sisters and their dead children are now ours more than theirs. Americans took these children from sunshine and games and saw to these children never growing up to be men and women.
To properly mourn these children, now our children, get to know the culture of their beloved parents. Before we died, we realized that their love of family, is head and shoulders above American family values – if for no other reason, because their roots and cultural education go back much much further than our mere three hundred years of U.S. composite adolescent culture, currently under relentless threat of further commercialization. We promise you, it will do you good to love them as we came to find them lovable, and realize our, your, government’s extreme and genocidal cruelty.
On Memorial Day, we would like you to stand above our buried bodies, and pledge to stop being imperialists and stop imperialist war, as Martin Luther King Jr. demanded in his New York sermon, ‘Beyond Vietnam a time to Break Silence. ‘https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm
Jay Janson is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer; has lived and worked on all continents; articles on media published in China, Italy, UK, India and the US; now resides in NYC; First effort was a series of (more…)
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