Memorial Day: A Day to Remember Those Americans Who Died to Preserve Imperialism and Murder

From Wikipedia:

“Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Daymarks its end.”

Okay so, Memorial Day is set aside to remember every man and woman who ever died while fighting to preserve US imperialism. So how do you spend this day? What does it mean to you?

Children killed by US strikes in Afghanistan

Children killed by US strikes in Afghanistan

To me? I go all the way back to Columbus and think of all the victims of imperialism since the beginning of the establishment of Spanish and British Colonies in the Americas. In other words I think of the perhaps billions of indigenous people in this hemisphere who have been raped, murdered, poisoned, displaced from their homes, and had the continent that was stolen. I think about the millions of Africans who died on slave ships being dragged to this country. I think about the millions of slaves who died in chains once they were here.

Then I start to think about the hundreds of millions of people who have died in all US engagements over the centuries.  The over 250,000 killed by the US in the Philippines War and the 4200 Americans sent there who were killed between 1899 and 1913.

"And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one - our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones".

“And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one – our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones”.

Mark Twain was at first in support of the war because he had been led to believe that the US was liberating the Philippines from the Spanish. At the point the US refused to recognize the independence of the Philippines he turned against it.

This sets up the formula for US aggression that would be used to justify wars for the rest of US history. The US would always predicate every aggression with “We are doing this to liberate the freedom loving people of _________. You fill in the blank. Then working class men and women from all over the country would be forced to travel halfway around the world to further the cause of “Democracy”.

It is important to remember that the US was founded upon the same lie. The lie that American Indians were stupid, uncivilized, heathens, with way too much land and that for their own good Uncle Sam would take control of their affairs. It goes back to Europeans first coming over and using Christianity as justification for subjugating American Indians to their will. It is all a “Bright and Shining Lie”.

Execution of 38 Dakota men in the name of American Democracy

Execution of 38 Dakota men in the name of American Democracy

Why did the US kill millions of Vietnamese and Cambodians? Same reason. For their own good. Today the US does is doing it across Middle East and the East in Iraq and Afghanistan. The US pays thug armies in Israel to do it to the Palestinian people. Their land is now stolen. I will not go into what could fill three books of the United States war crimes that are ignored by the US government. It is all out there for the world to see if only Americans could wake up from their centuries of slumber and recognize that their government is a brutal killing machine and they are complicit by their lack of opposition to worldwide murder.

Now on this Memorial Day holiday think about the horrible attack on WWI Veterans who were killed by federal troops at the orders of President Hoover.

These veterans were protesting the governments failure to pay promised bonuses to soldiers. Think about the horrendous treatment of Iraq war veterans seeking treatment for PTSD, head injuries, and other injuries. Think about the countless African American and American Indians forced to fight for the very government that had enslaved and murdered their people.

When Obama was elected many of us had hopes that maybe an African American president would put an end to imperialist wars. Since then and thousands of drone strikes and sorties of bombers later, thousands more are dead. The government of Libya has been taken out by our president and it’s president assassinated. The imperialist agenda moves forward. Billions around the world tremble and wait for a day that the murderous agenda of Americans and Europeans will stop. Will it ever?

So ask your self on Memorial Day what you are celebrating or remembering. I will honor all who fell on all sides of every American War.





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