How to Honor Memorial Day – Consortiumnews

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

How best to show respect for the U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and for their families on Memorial Day? Simple: Avoid euphemisms like “the fallen” and expose the lies about what a great idea it was to start those wars in the first place and then to “surge” tens of thousands of more troops into those fools’ errands.

First, let’s be clear on at least this much: the 4,500 U.S. troops killed in Iraq so far and the 2,350 killed in Afghanistan [by May 2015] did not “fall.” They were wasted on no-win battlefields by politicians and generals cheered on by neocon pundits and mainstream “journalists” almost none of whom gave a rat’s patootie about the real-life-and-death troops. They were throwaway soldiers.

And, as for the “successful surges,” they were just P.R. devices to buy some “decent intervals” for the architects of these wars and their boosters to get space between themselves and the disastrous endings while pretending that those defeats were really “victories squandered” all at the “acceptable” price of about 1,000 dead U.S. soldiers each and many times that in dead Iraqis and Afghans.

Source: How to Honor Memorial Day – Consortiumnews

Memorial Day, 2018—They Didn’t Die For Open Borders | VDARE.com

May 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year on Memorial Day, I had a tribute to the late Kevin R. C. O’Brien (of Weaponsman.com) a Special Forces veteran who died in April, 2017.

Kevin would make the point, as a veteran himself, that Memorial Day is not the day to say to veterans “Thank you for your service” (that’s Veterans Day) it’s the day to remember the honored dead, who didn’t live to be thanked. [“Happy Memorial Day?” | WeaponsMan, May 30, 2016]

This year, I want to repeat something I said in 2010, when Obama was President: Memorial Day came into being after the Civil War, as “Decoration Day”, a day for memorializing the honored dead, of whom there were a great many, by decorating their graves with flowers.

Source: Memorial Day, 2018—They Didn’t Die For Open Borders | VDARE.com

Abolish Memorial Day – Antiwar.com Original

May 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We might as well get rid of Memorial Day, for all the good it does us. Originally “Decoration Day,” the last Monday in May has been the designated time for us to remember the war dead and honor their sacrifice – while, perhaps, taking in the lessons of the many conflicts that have marked our history as a free nation. In line with the modern trend of universal trivialization, however, the holiday has been paganized to mark the beginning of summer, when we get out the barbecue grill and have the neighbors over for hamburgers and beer. As for contemplating the meaning of the day in the context of our current and recent wars, that is left to those few pundits who pay attention to foreign policy issues, or else to writers of paeans to the “Greatest Generation” – World War II being the only modern war our panegyrists deign to recall, since it is relatively untouched by the ravages of historical revisionism.

Indeed, as far as our wars are concerned, the very concept of historical memory has vanished from the post-9/11 world. It seems the earth was born anew on September 11, 2001, and only ragged remnants of our mystified past – mostly from World War II and the Civil War – survived the purge. In the new version our victories are exaggerated and glorified, while our defeats – e.g. Vietnam, Korea, our nasty little covert wars in Central and South America – are not even mentioned, let alone considered in depth.

Source: Abolish Memorial Day – Antiwar.com Original

THE TRUTH ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY

May 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As we all know, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the men (and many misguided women now too!)who died while serving in America’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed on the last Monday of May, originated in 1868 as Decoration Day.

Families of the Northern dead would decorate the graves of their kinfolk with flags and flowers. By 1900, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged into a single Memorial Day, which was eventually extended to honor all Americans who died in military service.

Source: THE TRUTH ABOUT MEMORIAL DAY

What Memorial Day Do You Honor? – VIEW FROM THE MOUNT – 5/26/01

May 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Many accounts will praise the sacrifices and deeds of those who fought in the American wars. Some versions will emotionally express their thanks and respect, while others will list their heroic actions. There is another viewpoint that seldom gets the attention that it deserves. Simply put, what is the true reason that all this blood was shed and the meaning of continued torment that follows, when the guns are silenced? Some will say, we just need to revere those who served. Others may dare to ask, why and what for?

The most positive decision coming out of the last thirty years has significance that affects all of us. It honors those who served and those who supported each conflict. Not all may agree with this conclusion, but how many have ever thought it through? The draft is now abolished. Involuntary servitude is gone and forced indentured service has now become voluntary. That is a victory that we ALL should celebrate.

Before you tune out and shut your mind, consider a process that is rarely practiced today. Thinking . . . The purpose of the State, and yes this applies to America, as well; is to protect and serve citizens. Did you ever hear these words?

Source: VIEW FROM THE MOUNT – 5/26/01

What Memorial Day Do You Honor?

May 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Many accounts will praise the sacrifices and deeds of those who fought in the American wars. Some versions will emotionally express their thanks and respect, while others will list their heroic actions. There is another viewpoint that seldom gets the attention that it deserves. Simply put, what is the true reason that all this blood was shed and the meaning of continued torment that follows, when the guns are silenced? Some will say, we just need to revere those who served. Others may dare to ask, why and what for?

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