Understanding the History of North Korea & Why It’s Important!

Following is another brilliantly written article by John Laurits–a must read!!! John Laurits makes us think! Think about things we either didn’t know about or don’t remember. Maybe we were never given all of the details, or perhaps we were given a version which our history books preferred.

His article and the resource article from which he derived much of his information were eye-openers to me. I knew that Korea had been divided into two separate countries, but I really wasn’t completely aware of the circumstances which led to a North Korea and a South Korea, with different alliances.

The Truth About North Korea: Why Is Trump Provoking the DPRK? by John Laurits

Excerpt:
The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public

Over the next 3 years, the United States dropped 635,000 tons of bombs on North Korea, including 32,557 tons of napalm — up to 3 million North Koreans died, or 10%–15% of the population. The 85%–90% who lived mostly lived underground, coming out to farm at night.

According to the records of the US Air Force, they were forced to stop bombing because there was literally nothing left to bomb. After erasing every city — including 8,700 factories, 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, & 600,000 homes — the USAF’s last targets were the irrigation dams on the Yalu River, which flooded a few thousand acres of farmland, destroying the North Korean rice crop that millions depended on ( which is a war crime, by the way ). An armistice was signed in 1953, ending the fighting — but US forces never left. Soon, they will be joined by Donald Trump’s new aircraft carrier & naval strike group.

https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/04/15/truth-north-korea-history-united-states/

A source of much of his history comes from this site:…

The Destruction and Reconstruction of North Korea, 1950 – 1960

The Japanese Occupation: 1910-1945

When Japan took control of Korea, demands for independence were met with repression, prompting Koreans to form resistance groups that waged a guerrilla war against them for 35 years. Koreans were brutally oppressed — Japanese landlords swiped their land, villages suspected of hiding resistance members were massacred, & Korean newspapers were banned. By the end of WWII, Japan had forced 450,000 Koreans into labor camps to assist the war effort, in addition to an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 Korean women were forced into sexual slavery as “comfort girls” for Japan’s military.

The Korean resistance was pushed into Manchuria, China, & the Soviet Union, where they allied with the Chinese & Russian communists who fought Japan until the end of WWII — but, after 35 years of resisting, the Korea they had fought for was not to be…

The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public

The act which inflicted the greatest loss of civilian life in the Korean War by far, one which the North Koreans have claimed ever since was America’s greatest war crime, was the aerial bombardment of North Korean population centers…The long-term psychological effect of the war on the whole of North Korean society cannot be overestimated. The war against the United States, more than any other single factor, gave North Koreans a collective sense of anxiety and fear of outside threats that would continue long after the war’s end.

Most of the destruction occurred in 1950 and 1951. To escape the bombing, entire factories were moved underground, along with schools, hospitals, government offices, and much of the population. Agriculture was devastated, and famine loomed. Peasants hid underground during the day and came out to farm at night. Destruction of livestock, shortages of seed, farm tools, and fertilizer, and loss of manpower reduced agricultural production to the level of bare subsistence at best. The Nodong Sinmun newspaper referred to 1951 as “the year of unbearable trials,” a phrase revived in the famine years of the 1990s. Worse was yet to come. By the fall of 1952, there were no effective targets left for US planes to hit. Every significant town, city and industrial area in North Korea had already been bombed. In the spring of 1953, the Air Force targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River, both to destroy the North Korean rice crop and to pressure the Chinese, who would have to supply more food aid to the North. Five reservoirs were hit, flooding thousands of acres of farmland, inundating whole towns and laying waste to the essential food source for millions of North Koreans. Only emergency assistance from China, the USSR, and other socialist countries prevented widespread famine.

http://apjjf.org/-Charles-K.-Armstrong/3460/article.html

I think I can now better understand why North Korea has its fears and why it has the support of Russia and China. Knowing our “enemies” and their motives can only help, not hurt! Understanding the roots of our current conflicts and biases in a dark part of our world’s history can perhaps shed a new light and help lead us to a new, more comprehensible realization of why things never change.

Our country has been at war for most of its existence. We are tired of war, we are tired of seeing our youth constantly being asked to pay the sacrifice, while old men make billions of dollars from war.

I also highly recommend the book “War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier” by Major General Smedley Darlington Butler — “A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.”

Blessings for love and peace,

Lorrie

Want to Impeach Trump? Why That’s A Terrible Idea

Following is another great article by John Laurits! I’ve noticed a lot of wishful thinking of getting rid of Trump by impeaching him. I think the dream is that it would install Hillary Clinton as President instead, but that is unrealistic and impossible. John Laurits takes it step-by-step to show us the reality of such an action. Thank you, John Laurits, for your passion and dedication!

This is a nightmare which will not go away the easy way. It will take each of us to take an active role if we are to have any hope of overcoming the erosion of our rights as citizens of this country. No staying home and playing video games or watching football instead of fighting for our children’s future on this planet! We must fight for the right to keep our right to vote by voting! If you think it’s too hard to get the time to educate yourself about the issues or to get out and become proactive and vote, let me assure you that it will be a whole lot harder to survive when you no longer can vote or allow the continued erosion of our government by oligarchs.

Bernie Sanders gave us the clear truth of the matter, and there are many people who have taken up the banner to lead us in the right direction. It is up to us to learn who we can trust, support them by becoming activists, and stand up to the establishment elites of both political parties who continue to cave to big-money and self-interests! It’s easy to be an armchair critic and bemoan our fate at the hands of Trump and his ilk, and the lack of honest candidates being able to overcome the establishment. The time for easy is over! It’s now or never, folks! Our children’s and grandchildren’s futures are depending on us!…

Democrats Want to Impeach Trump? That’s a Terrible Idea & Here’s Why… by John Laurits

Want to Impeach Trump?
Might Want to Re-Think That Idea…

Let’s start from the beginning. First off, “Impeachment” does not remove the president from office. When someone gets impeached, it means that congress wants to interrogate them & anyone else who was involved before making a decision about whether or not they should be removed. Now — let’s assume that the Tiny-Fingered Tweet-Machine was successfully impeached, then actually removed from office by a GOP-controlled congress — what happens next…?

The Line of Succession

Let’s get one thing straight — there is zero chance whatsoever that Hillary Clinton would be assuming the throne. Sorry, democrats — but there are no happy endings, here ( well, no happy legal ones, anyway… ). If Donny Spray-Tan were to be removed, the oval office would simply pass to the next in the line of succession, which, in this case, would be…Mike Freaking Pence

Mike Pence is the type of person who writes op-eds that start with the words, “Global warming is a myth.” If Trump goes, we would be looking at a President Pence and the only good thing about a Pence administration would be the fact that we could call him “the big PP.” Not only does this guy oppose abortion but sex education, too — he also opposes gay marriage & voted against expanding medicare. This dingbat praised Citizens United, sees zero problems with free-trade, & sponsored legislation to expand all of the most terrifying parts of the Patriot act.

There is no way that the Big PP would be an improvement over the Toddler-in-Chief — in fact, it is arguable that Pence, as a more “likable” insider, could be much, much worse…Next in Line — Paul Ryan

OK, let’s say Trump and Pence were both impeached & removed — up next, we have the speaker of the house. Mitt Romney’s former vice-loser, Paul Ryan, is a student of Ayn “F#@% the Poor” Rand’s evil economic theories and a sworn enemy to welfare, food stamps, & other stuff he suspects might be helping struggling people to get by. Like Pence, he is a GOP-insider who supports free-trade & opposes gay marriage. However, in contrast to Pence, who at least has the nerve to admit he is willfully ignoring science, Ryan is infuriatingly “unsure” about climate change and — even more infuriatingly — he is sure that climate scientists are “unsure” ( whether they know it or not ).

Ryan would be terrible for the exact same reason that Pence would be terrible — he would be a more tactful & effective salesperson for the same crappy agenda. And — after Ryan — it would be Orrin “OMG-Please-No” Hatch & Rex “Big Oil” Tillerson…

If Democrats Know How Bad Pence Is, Why Do They Want to Impeach Trump?

What we have here is a giant line of scumbags & plutocrats, as far as the eye can see — certainly enough to exhaust 4 years of impeachment hearings. There is no hope in that direction — only the possibility of jumping out of the pan & into the fire. And the democrats in the house & senate know it — so, why all the fuss about impeachment? If they impeach Trump, we get Pence — and, if they fail to impeach Trump, their party looks increasingly ineffective & irrelevant on the national stage. The democrats’ strategy seems to be custom-designed to fail — or, perhaps, to succeed at reaching a different goal…But what might that be?

#ImpeachTrump Is a Public Relations Campaign

Just like their fake “#resistance,Russia-Gate, & the New Red Scare, the petitions & donation campaigns of democrats & their think-tanks is designed to prod us back into the democratic fold. The neoliberal democrats want you to believe that our system can fix itself, that wealthy politicians can save us, & that there is still some sort of hope. They want you to overlook the fact that the democrats also did everything that the Toupee’d Tyrant is doing now — from mass deportations & pilfering the planet to unleashing Wall Street, laying pipelines, & murdering civilians in countries we never declared war on. The democrats & their lackeys in the puppet-show media are peddling the false hope of a happy ending — not because they want to build a resistance to Trump’s agenda — but because they want you to fall in line behind them.

If the people are ready to create a true resistance to Trump’s agenda, they should abandon all hope…

It Is Useless to Impeach Trump— Impeach the System, Instead!

To fix the problem, the people must first admit that there is a problem — that is why we should abandon all hope. Abandon all hope that the system which creates Trumps will also destroy them — it is a broken machine that produces broken results! Abandon hope that help will come from democratic politicians who take money from the same hands that purchase the republicans — the usurious bankers will not be reined in by their own dogs & the war-factory will never be closed by the cowards who applied to be on its payroll. What — will the same broken elections that offered you two evils somehow not do the same in 2020 or 2024? Or do you think the winners will correct the very flaws which they exploit to win?

No — the only hope left is the hope that you — that we — will abandon hope in this system which is rigged beyond hope! Enough is enough. The country is being run by wealthy psychopaths and we must summon the courage to remove them or suffer the consequences of our inaction…

In solidarity,
John Laurits

https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/04/01/impeach-trump-line-succession/

Of course, my “dream” is to see this whole election cycle and outcome just go away. I know it’s too much to hope for, but there is a case before SCOTUS. Probably no chance in hell, but it would be great to see it advance to a full trial!…

Full Supreme Court to Hear “2016 Election Nullification Case”
Case to be heard in conference March 17 2017.
All eight justices will decide which cases will go to trial before the Supreme Court. If four of the Justices believe that the case has merit, they can bind it over for a full trial before the justices. The Supreme Court has the power of Injunctive Relief and can order a new election if they deem that the process was corrupted by a foreign power.

Allegations are that the U.S. government knew that hackers from Russia had successfully attacked and penetrated the election databases of at least 12 states and did not protect our democracy.

If thousands of us show up at the Supreme Court and demand that the Court do it’s duty and protect us from foreign invasion with the intent to install their chosen President into office, the Court might see the importance of taking action. The President has attacked the Judicial Branch of government, our Intelligence Services, American Journalism, and defended the President of Russia.

If the Supreme Court decides that the election was tainted it can issue an order to remove the President, the Senators and Congressman chosen in that election and call for a new Election. Plaintiff Toman stated that they are asking for a “Special Election as soon as possible.”

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/full-supreme-court-to-hear-2016-election-nullification-case-435261.php

With love & blessings…

Lorrie

Positive News Stories…

“Weaving a web to our higher consciousness by creating a community to share news and inspirational perspectives to educate and broaden our minds, leading to a new awareness and a more perfect planet!”

Since this is the precept to which this blog is dedicated, I felt it was time to offer some uplifting, positive news and inspirational perspectives in light of the intensity of news of the past few months.

These are some of the headlines from one of my favorite uplifting news sources, Yes! Magazine…

6 Ways Citizens Across the U.S. Are Using Science to Build a Better World
By collecting climate change data, monitoring air quality, and reverse-engineering insulin, locals are creating a more just and equitable society.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/science/6-ways-citizens-across-the-us-are-using-science-to-build-a-better-world-20170228?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20170303

In a Rust Belt Town Where Tuition Is Covered, Economy Begins to Revive 
After Kalamazoo, Michigan, offered college tuition for nearly all high school graduates, dropout rates declined and the city’s population began to rebound. 

http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/in-a-rust-belt-town-where-tuition-is-covered-economy-begins-to-revive-20170302?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20170303

The Woman Giving Refugee Kids Free Lawyers 
And two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees.

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/science/this-former-baseball-executive-left-his-job-to-help-immigrants-20170227?utm_source=YTW&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20170303

I do believe that progress forward will happen in small steps from within communities rather than from our so-called “leaders” who have become lost in the wilderness. By sharing stories such as these, we can inspire one another to not lose hope in the goodness of people. After all, we are all in this together, and together we can find the way!

Blessings,

Lorrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6248 Permanent Injuries and 144 Deaths Following Gardasil HPV Vaccine: Coincidence or Scandal?

This headline made my head explode today!

Okay, I have to admit it comes at a time when I’m having an issue right now about the distrust some people have with the use of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Herbal Remedies for natural healing! I recently had someone say to me, “Oh, I don’t believe in the herbs.” Then they throw out the proverbial argument that “they’re not regulated.”

When you have a cat, for instance, who has been diagnosed with advanced chronic renal disease (CRD) by an allopathic-trained veterinarian and they just say “be prepared, it’s just a matter of time,” the mindset seems to be to just accept that rather than taking a chance on TCM or herbal remedies which have had success in giving extended quality of life along with sub-q fluids. Doesn’t matter how many testimonials by cat owners who were given such a diagnosis and who still have their cats three/four years later.

Do they really think that a trained veterinarian who is also certified in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is prescribing unsafe prescriptions to their patients? That certainly would seem to be the inference.

I guess my question is, if you think it’s terminal anyway, why wouldn’t you throw the dice and take a chance that it might work?? Have they become so biased and brainwashed about the “other” medicine–which ironically outdates allopathic methods by several thousands of years!

Let’s talk about “regulations.” The FDA has done such a spectacular job of overseeing the safety of allopathic medicines, right? How many times have they approved a drug which had to be taken off the market several years later–“Oh, oops, sorry, it’s killing people.”

You may have seen the $100,000 Challenge issued by RFK, Jr. and Robert DeNiro to anyone who can prove that mercury is safe in vaccines. Kennedy stresses that he is not anti-vaccine, he just wants safe vaccines. DeNiro, the parent of a vaccine-injured son, is a supporter of the World Mercury Project Challenge. Whistleblower Dr. William Thompson, a Center For Disease Control (CDC) senior vaccine safety scientist, testified in 2014 that CDC supervisors instructed vaccine scientists to destroy data linking vaccines to autism. In 2004 an FDA official acknowledged before a Congressional committee that no government or privately-funded study had ever demonstrated thimerosal’s safety, and that is true to date.

We now have these statistics about the HPV vaccine, which has been halted in Japan while a probe is conducted over safety issues, the mainstream media fails to report it, and pharmaceutical companies which make the vaccine and the Dept. of Health and Human Services–which holds patents and earns profits from the vaccine–say it’s all a coincidence!

https://vaccineimpact.com/2013/6248-permanent-injuries-and-144-deaths-following-gardasil-hpv-vaccine-coincidence-or-scandal/

“The CDC is NOT an independent agency. It is a vaccine company…the CDC owns over 20 vaccine patents. It sells about $4.6 billion dollars of vaccines every year.”  –  RFK, Jr. his

The following video was produced by The Canary Party, and shows the personal testimonies of women who have been victims of this vaccine…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijwlo_NnPQc

There are well-known and respected manufacturers of supplements and herbal remedies if one takes the time to research. They do have their own safety requirements or they would not be in business.

Actually, the U.S. FDA does regulate dietary supplements but the regulations are different and less strict. They would be sued or investigated and shut down if they were killing people, so let’s not use that as an excuse.

Here is an excellent website which explains the safety requirements and oversight for supplements…

https://nccih.nih.gov/health/supplements/wiseuse.htm

It is time for people to question some of our “conventional” methods and drugs in this country rather than just assuming that they are safe because your doctor or government says so! And perhaps also question our distrust of proven alternatives.

Our current health care system is a for-profit business rather than a health wellness and preventive system. It’s unfortunately like many other problems we have, it’s all about the money–it’s not about you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reblog: Pizzagate: A citizen’s investigation / Protecting children from the global ring by Dana Mrkich 2016

Since we have been discussing and posting about “fake news” and who decides, I thought it appropriate to give voice to the two following articles by Dana Mrkich by reblogging them! They completely fit with our attempts to discern what is real and what is fake, and Dana Mrkich does an excellent job giving credence to a disturbing subject which is being suppressed. She has done a superb job of expressing how it is up to those of us with consciousness and concern for the children to keep asking the questions, even at the risk of being labeled conspiracy theorists to shut us down. It is too important a matter to not exercise our due diligence and keep on digging for truth and exposing it wherever we find it. Thank you, Dana, for your brilliant writing and bringing insights to a difficult subject matter so that we may continue in our quest for truth!!

  • Here is an excerpt sampling from “Pizzagate: A citizen’s investigation”:

“Where children are involved, any respectable media outlet or investigative body with a shred of integrity should immediately want to get to the bottom of things, to either prove or disprove what is currently a growing amount of circumstantial evidence that something extremely dark is going on with the global elite. Each piece of evidence on its own is odd enough, but when combined together it creates a picture that can’t be ignored. And if the mainstream media are so forcefully dismissing it, we have to ask why?’

“I don’t know how anyone with a conscience can dismiss this as easily as the MSM are asking us to. If there is a chance there’s truth here, and plenty of survivors and testimonies over the years tell us there is (with Ritual abuse a major part of it), including testimony given over the last couple of years at the highly reputable Australian Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse, then we have an obligation to protect who knows how many children.’

“We came here to create a world based on a higher consciousness/awareness of our greater truth and potential, to live our lives with freedom and authentic heart-centred power. That requires a full awakening to ALL the truth, including truth lurking in the shadows. Why? Because otherwise we continue to live in an illusion, innocents continue to get hurt, we continue to be influenced by corrupt people and systems, we continue to fight over left and right branches when the root of the tree is rotten.’

“‘You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.’ Morpheus to Neo, The Matrix’

“2017 may well be the year of the Red Pill for humanity.’

“All people, and especially all children, have a right to live in a world where they feel safe.’

“A prayer:

Thank you that my eyes and ears are opened to the truth
Thank you that together we can create a safe world.
Thank you for guiding me in a good way to do the most good for the most amount of people.

Aho/Amen”

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

http://www.danamrkich.com/single-post/2016/12/07/Pizzagate-A-citizens-investigation

  • Excerpt fromProtecting children from the global ring”:

“For decades, vigilante journalists, truthseekers and former Hollywood child actors have told us that there is a global ring of child sexual abuse going on among the highest of VIP elite circles, spanning politicians, judges, police commissioners, heads of Hollywood, media, priests, medical professionals and on it goes. Further, that it is directly connected to Ritual abuse.’

“Their stories are so beyond horrific that most have been dismissed as crazy. They have been, for the most part, ignored by mainstream media.’

“The details given by victims from different parts of the world, all match up. This includes testimonies provided at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.’

“Social media is playing a huge part, allowing stories to be shared quickly and easily. The flip side of that is that we are bombarded with so much info now, it is easy to dismiss it as conspiracy, or scroll past because it’s too horrible, too dark to read about. The problem with not knowing about this stuff or choosing not to know is:

How many children are in immediate need of our protection?
How many more children have to go through this before we as a humanity say enough?
How many adults are living silently with intense post-traumatic stress?
How much longer can we go on with this going on behind the scenes??’

“Dear God/the Divine/the Highest source of Truth, Love and Light,

Thank you for helping all those who are bringing truth to light. Please keep them safe and protected. Thank you for opening our eyes and ears and hearts, so that we can see what we need to see, hear what we need to hear, and do what we need to do to support our soul brothers and sisters. Thank you for guiding us in a good way. Aho. Amen.”

(c) Dana Mrkich 2016

http://www.danamrkich.com/single-post/2016/12/01/Protecting-children-from-the-global-ring

 

What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

I felt this thought-provoking and pertinent article by Jon Rappaport was worthy of reblogging. Since it addresses my own concerns, I think it gives much insight and things to ponder for our own consideration…

Jon Rappoport's Blog

What deal did Donald Trump make with Goldman Sachs?

January 12, 2017

Wall Street On Parade (January 9) details the boggling Goldman Sachs presence on Trump’s team. My comments will follow the list of names.

“Trump nominated Steven Mnuchin, a 17-year veteran of Goldman Sachs to be his Treasury Secretary.”

“Stephen Bannon, another former Goldman Sachs banker, was named by Trump as his Chief Strategist in the White House.”

“The sitting President of Goldman Sachs, Gary Cohn, has been named by Trump as Director of the National Economic Council, which, according to its website, coordinates ‘policy-making for domestic and international economic issues’.”

“…Trump nominated a Goldman Sachs outside lawyer, Jay Clayton of Sullivan & Cromwell, to serve as Wall Street’s top cop as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

“…Clayton’s wife currently works as a Vice President at Goldman Sachs.”

“According to Politico, Goldman Sachs partner, Dina Powell, President…

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The Never-Ending Election

One of the contributors to this blog posted a couple of links to one of the most lucid and comprehensive writings about the 2016 election that I have come across. It is a must read, not only for a complete understanding of the election process and how it does and does not work, but also how we are deluded into thinking we are a part of the election process.

If we don’t take a good, hard look at this past year and bring it into our conscious understanding, we will continue down this path to total self-destruction. We have a choice to try and educate ourselves and change the system, or remain numb to the reality and repeat this mockery of an election.

It’s painfully aware that many rather not take a look through the magnifying glass because it’s either too painful or may require effort, which has unfortunately brought us to the current conundrum. We were so hungry for hope and change, that we gave our spiritual selves to that message in 2008. When we found that the system didn’t really change for the average citizen and the only ones who were better off were those in charge, we became angry at the system. Many believed that a governmental non-insider would be the answer they were looking for, overlooking the fact that the non-insider is a part of the upper class who now has the opportunity to protect his own interests and expand his own largesse as well as his elite cronies.

Here is an excerpt from the postings by Rachaell McIntosh…

“Eventually the country will welcome the Purple Revolution.  The purple will sooth the bruises of a the election and the hunger of financial catastrophe. Purple will act as a calming salve on the psyche of America.  The blending of the blue and the red, former political adversaries, working together to restore balance seems almost euphoric.  Who wouldn’t welcome this Purple Revolution? The best of all imagined ideologies bleeding together for the forces of good after all the trauma / drama.   I wish people would remove their rose colored glasses before then and study history.  It always repeats itself.  There is, and will be, so much work to do.  Remember all wars are bankers wars and that the political class has been aware of this for much longer than most of us.  It will be up to the strong minds that survive the Purple Revolution to make America really great again.”

“God Bless America.  We’ll need it.”

http://www.rachaellmcintosh.com/america-the-purple-part-one-the-election/

http://www.rachaellmcintosh.com/america_the_purple_part2_revolution/

We need to recognize that we are being manipulated through a divide-and-conquer agenda. We are not each other’s enemies. We all want the same things–a safe world for our children and grandchildren, a decent job to give shelter and food for our families, good healthcare for us and our loved ones. I’ve traveled to many countries in my younger years and found that it is the same everywhere. For many, it’s become the impossible dream to have a life of peace, non-violence and well-being. For those of us who have, it’s painful to see those who have not. Let’s come together instead of pointing fingers at each other and blame the real culprits before greed and corruption rob us of the last remnants of hope for a better world and habitable planet for future generations.

The following was a speech originally delivered in 1933 by General Smedley Butler, USMC. When “War is a Racket” was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. He had led several successful military operations in the Caribbean and in Central America, as well as in Europe during the First World War. Despite his success and his heroic status, however, Butler came away from these experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare. Butler’s central thesis is that regardless of the popular rhetoric that often accompanies warfare, it is waged almost exclusively for profit. Following is an excerpt which should give us pause…

WAR is a racket. It always has been.’

“It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.’

“A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.’

“Beautiful ideals were painted for our boys who were sent out to die. This was the ‘war to end all wars.’ This was the ‘war to make the world safe for democracy.’ No one mentioned to them, as they marched away, that their going and their dying would mean huge war profits. No one told these American soldiers that they might be shot down by bullets made by their own brothers here. No one told them that the ships on which they were going to cross might be torpedoed by submarines built with United States patents. They were just told it was to be a ‘glorious adventure.'”

https://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html

http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2012/04/war-is-racket.html#!/2012/04/war-is-racket.html

I strongly urge everyone to read this and share it, as the industrial complex is still beating the drums of war using the same tactics today. We need to stop allowing ourselves to be manipulated into ongoing wars and spilling the precious blood of our young men and women NOW!

Lorrie