Today is the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor Attack. After that attack this country went into a major war effort. There were real enemies and it was a global effort. A lot of countries were part of the effort; a lot of countries put their own quest for independence from being colonized off until the their occupier country had either won their war or last. It made no difference to the colonies who won.
However that is not the gist of my essay. I am writing on this anniversary of the beginning of our (USA) WWII to say we have brought shame on the lives lost in that war. We call it the Greatest Generation who sacrificed for what they saw as a real threat to the world…yet they died in vain.
As a government we have shamed our fallen military. We do this Wreaths Across America, we revel in the national patriotic holidays and grovel at graves we have elevated out current cannon fodder to be heroes no matter what. Yet we have betrayed the very deaths of our grandfathers, fathers, uncles brothers and all the rest who died a long way from home. They died cold or over heated, of starvation, of wounds, of being blown to bits; but they felt they were doing this sacrifice for the good of the generations to come, their children and grandchildren, for their nation and peoples. They died in vain. What have we created out of their sacrifice? Did we give the United Nations a chance to be effective? No. We started the containment of “communism” because we were afraid of another way of government or did we listen to the war profiteers to keep their war manufacturing sound? We spent the next 40 years out spending the Soviets and creating many little wars to keep the public off balance and not thinking about what was really going on. We could not contemplate peace anywhere. So many countries that wanted their independence were either denied( French Indo China) or divided in such a way to create the groundwork for infinite unrest. Now we face the real Damocles Sword of rouge nuclear bombs.
All this could have been avoided if our government could have looked at peace and worked towards that instead of feeding the bloated Military Industrial Complex. We fed the dark side all my life, yet I can see it was wrong. If all my life I was fed the party line yet I can see the faults and each step we took wrong… wrong from the peaceful point of view but not from the view of profit for the 1%. We fed the bloated Bureaucrats and stuffed the Businesses with so much money they take it out of the USA and put it overseas to avoid taxes. And what have the people gotten, we are accused of freeloading if we ask for living wages, affordable medical care & even food for our children. They are bloated with riches and we get nothing. Even what the last great President (FDR) created( Social Security) is being taken away, mismanaged, and destroyed so there will be nothing left for the poor people.
I am ashamed for the lives lost fighting WWII. I am ashamed for every dead solider since That war. We ask our young people to die, but give them lies to die for. The Serfs never asked why they just died, or ran away to America land of the free….now there is no where for our serfs to run too. I am ashamed our people died in vain.