Sunday, April 5, 2009

Military Recruitment On The Rise

Jobless Turn To The Armed Forces And here is a quote from an article warning just these types of people of what they're really signing up for:

"If there is a war, you will furnish the corpses and the taxes, and others will get the glory. Speculators will make money out of it-that is, out of you."

Does that sound familiar? Who benefited and continues to benefit from the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan? Is it the people over there in the military? Is it the American people here at home? It certainly isn't the Iraqi and Afghani soldiers and civilians. For companies like Halliburton, Bechtel, Blackwater/Xe (Obama has selected Triple Canopy to take Blackwater/Xe's place) this "war" has been extremely profitable. So from that standpoint, from the perspective of the people not fighting over there, not worrying about losing their jobs here, not doing much of anything and yet reaping huge profits through other people's blood, sweat, and tears, these occupations have been a resounding success! The rich get richer and the poor think its about fighting terror.

So now to continue on with our quote:

"Men will get high prices for inferior supplies . . . and you will have to pay the bill, and the only satisfaction you will get is the privilege of hating your Spanish fellow-workmen, who are really your brothers and who have had as little to do with the wrongs of Cuba as you have."

Only since this article is from 1897, from the American Longshoremen's Union "A Peace Appeal to Labor," opposing the impending Spanish American war, we will have to change 'hating your Spanish fellow workman' to hating your Iraqi and Afghani fellow workmen and change 'Cuba' to a few crazy people in planes who had nothing to do with Iraq, for lack of anything more concrete.

Here's another one from the People's party national convention from 1892:

"We meet in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin. Corruption dominates the ballot box, the legislatures, the Congress, and touches even the ermine of the bench. The people are demoralized . . . The newspapers are subsidized or muzzled; public opinion silenced; business prostrate, our homes covered with mortgages, labor impoverished, and the land concentrating in the hands of capitalists . . . The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes . . . From the same prolific womb of governmental injustice we breed two classes-paupers and millionaires . . . "

Now, what was that about learning from mistakes or being doomed to repeat them??
Both of these quotes and more can be found in a must read book: A People's History Of The United States by Howard Zinn.

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