The Korean War never ended. A conflict that took more than 60,000 American lives and eradicated more than a million Koreans ended in a stalemate. This is the folly of war; soldiers bleed and die for tracts of land that are rendered meaningless overtime. I do not write this to diminish the honor and valor of those who fought in past wars or are currently entangled in present conflicts. Those who served are some of the noblest people I’ve ever had the privilege to meet over my life. Yet as I praise the distinction of our soldiers and veterans, I mince no words in my abhorrence for the immoral wars our military-financial laden government keeps visiting on the world for the sake of profits and crony capitalism.
Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us of this, he admonished us to be leery of a corporate agenda run amok that has hijacked our government. There is a clear and present danger we keep overlooking as we keep fighting over politics; a lethal enemy is destroying America. This enemy is within; the real terrorists are the plutocrats on Wall Street and the bureaucrats in DC who are hell bent on pushing a war that will end all wars. Past is prologue when it comes to the ways our government initiates wars. Never the ones to be seen as the initiators of wars, a pretext is always sought and manufactured by our government in order to push a reticent public into a war footing.
False flags have been the catalyst for almost every war that our corporate owned government has initiated since the Spanish-American war. An outright lie that Spain attacked us was the pretext back then as the sinking of the Maine battleship was used to push congress to declare war. A commission led by US Admiral Hyman Rickover concluded that there was no evidence of an external explosion and that the sinking was most likely caused by an internal malfunction. That did not stop the yellow press from screaming bloody hell in order to rile the public into action.
The Spanish-American war served as a marker for American interventionism that would see the rise of the very hubris the founders of America warned against. It was George Washington who admonished Federalists not to get entangled in the affairs of other nations. Not only are we entangled in the affairs of other nations, we are now the spider that keeps weaving webs of deception and disinformation in order to enmesh the world in perpetual conflicts. The Spanish-American war was nothing more than an excuse to kneecap the Spanish empire and replace Spain’s influence in the Caribbean and the Pacific and let the world know that an 800 pound eagle had arrived. Nothing more than bullying and tyranny; this type of intervention is antithetical to the American charter of freedom and liberty.
A noted Cuban historian, Guillermo Jimenez Soler, observed the pattern that our government uses when initiating wars. The same playbook that was used in Cuba has been used in almost every war since—including the Iraq war and the war in Syria that Obama started. Soler states:
“As would become its usual practice, U.S. intervention in the war was preceded by intensive press campaigns which incited jingoism, pandering to the most shameless tales and sensationalism and exacerbated cheap sentimentality. Joseph Pulitzer of The World and William Randolph Hearst from The Journal, the two largest U.S. papers… carried their rivalry to a paroxysm of inflaming public opinion with scandalous, provocative and imaginary stories designed to win acceptance of U.S. participation in the first of its holy wars beyond its maritime borders.”
Donald Trump, a lunatic with a deranged level of narcissism, is now pushing yet another war with North Korea. The war that never ended is about to flare up again as aircraft carrier groups and battle ships are steaming near the Korean peninsula. This is eerily similar to the onset of the Spanish-American war. All it takes is one Maine incident for sparks to fly; except if the sparks fly this time around, the next development could very well be the extermination of the human race from the face of this planet.
Just like the Spanish-American war, our morally bankrupt yellow press mainstream media are pushing wars. This is what happens when there is a profit motive to news; the mainstream media from Fox News to CNN and all in between are willing to risk a global genocide for the sake of more clicks on their yellow press webpages and to inflate their P/E ratio. CNN is leading with an article about the belligerence of North Korea (link) and in the process laying down the pretext of war. The elites are following the blueprint of false flag to start yet another war—this time a missile that flies into the Demilitarized Zone could be followed up by ICBMs that envelope our cities in mushroom clouds.
We need to wake up as Americans and realize what is taking place. This is not a partisan issue for Democrats and Republicans are equally complicit in the ongoing crimes against humanity as both parties are responsible for the innumerable wars that are fought in the name of money and crony capitalism. Let me wrap this up by citing a quote from General Smedley Butler, the most decorated Marine in the history of America, who realized the duplicity of wars. Butler writes of the wars our government keeps declaring:
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
I’m not going to feign some sort of counterfeit objectivity here the way vacuous mainstream journos always pretend to be doing. This is personal for me, I’ve spent the better part of the past two years vacillating between homelessness and stress. What I have encountered during this travail has been countless veterans who have been neglected by the very country they broke their souls to protect. In city after city, I kept running into homeless veterans who still love America even though our soulless government shoves them to the gutters when they are done using our honored soldiers. I wrote the poem “Silent Salute” (all the way at the bottom of this article) during this journey for my soul was too saddened by the plight of too many veterans. If we cut out one multi-billion dollar weapon system, we could house every homeless vet. Instead we spend money on weapon systems our military is not asking for in order to enrich defense contractors like Booz Allen Hamilton who I used to work for. When is enough enough!
Patriotism is not turning a blind eye to the excesses of our government and waving flags in the face of tyranny. The founders of this nation rose up against the excesses of the British crown because they grew weary of the corrosive governance of King George. Sadly, every revolution devolves right back to the tyranny that gave birth to it—America is no different. Thomas Jefferson said “our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence”. We are embarking on steady course towards our destruction if we do not stand up to the thugs who are slow walking us towards our collective liquidation. #Pretext2Korea
“My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth.” ~ George Washington
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Check out the video below about General Smedely Butler who was an American HERO and the very opposite of the cowards Trump and Obama who never served anything beyond their own egos.
Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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