by George A. Yesthal
When people say things like, “During the war, I made munitions/ aircraft parts/ tank parts, (whatever) for the boys overseas”, I get this feeling that they see themselves as supplying our Olympic team with top-notch sports equipment rather than the tools of death and destruction. I know the rationale is that they are giving our soldiers the best chance to survive war. When you consider that the only justifiable wars we have fought were The Revolutionary War and WWII (The second is debatable), it shows how proficient the military-industrial complex is at selling the bullshit that war is beneficial in some way. And like a bunch of trained monkeys the American public wheels up on their little monkey tricycles ringing the bell of pseudo-patriotism and waving their little flags while the Ringmasters chomp cigars and crack whips. It’s pathetic and disgusting and it shows how little we actually think for ourselves.
Believe me, I don’t say don’t fight back. I believe in defending our rights with as much force is necessary on our own turf. In that instance it would seem that the faction that sends our young men and women to their deaths, are the real enemy. It is the immoral profiteers that I am against. Those jackals sending our military thousands of miles away to die lonely horrific deaths where they are hated and vilified. If war is their game, let the War Pigs fight it. I would even willingly pay tax dollars to provide them with the tools to do it. But no. They need minions and we sell them our sons and daughters through some misguided illusion of what patriotism means. Fools.
The video, Rosie the Riveter, identifies a lot of the common quasi-patriotic themes used to sway common opinion that war is okay. Hell, the way they present it; the patriotic music and air of noble self-sacrifice, guts and determination almost has me wanting to grab a M1 Garand and rush off to kill Krauts and Japs. But in the end, we’ve lost millions of souls, any one of which may have cured cancer or developed a source of limitless free energy. Until we learn that life is so much more precious than any political ideology, we will always be the losers of war regardless of the outcome.