Tuesday, January 7, 2020

America's war victims

Comments under yesterday's America: costs of war vs. peace? blog post:

  • Victor Clarke Speaks for it Self .....and .......A lot for those who no longer have a Voice.

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  • Bob Surette The first victim of war is the truth

  • Victor Clarke “The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death”............MLK Jr.......

    • Sloan Bashinsky I went on a jag about two years ago of saying it looked to me that black US military troops fighting rich white men's wars was a modern version of picking cotton, and why didn't President Obama get that and end the Bush wars in Afghanistan and Iraq?

    • Sloan Bashinsky President Kennedy got cold feet about expanding America's military involvement in Vietnam and he got shot. Dr. King came out against the Vietnam war not being good for black Americans, or for anyone, and he got shot.

    • Sloan Bashinsky Another jag I went on was any American, including the president and anyone in Congress, who wants America at war overseas, should be boots on the ground there, leading the charge. Imagine President Trump carrying an M-16 into a skirmish. Maybe Trump remembers what happened to General Custer.
    • Victor Clarke You mean “Cadet Bone Spurs”
  • Sloan Bashinsky I seldom, if ever see online and in the news media anyone calling for the total withdrawal American troops from the Middle East. What if America had never invaded Afghanistan and Iraq? What would this world and America be like today? We'll never know. What if President Obama, after being sworn in, had brought all the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq, instead of accepting the Nobel Peace Prize and continuing those two wars? We'll never know. What if Donald Trump, after being sworn in, had brought all the troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq? We'll never know. What we do know is war is very big business in America and rich white men run those businesses. What we also know is health care and medicine in America cost a great deal more than in other countries. Is that because they spend less money on their military and war?
  • Sloan Bashinsky Are you willing to be your life and soul on that?
  • Sloan Bashinsky I'm impressed. But I ask you, Walt. How much money is spent on American wars, which could beef up Medicare, Obamacare, etc.? Or, is it okay for the government to spend money on idiotic (if you don't factor in corporate profit) foreign wars, but not okay to spend money providing affordable healthcare in America?

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