Link: "War Is A RACKET"
The Biggest Business In The World: WAR
The title is by World-Action. The following is by
Arundhati Roy, author of 'The God of Small
Things', winning the Booker Prize, six million
copies sold, translated into forty languages.
When he announced the air strikes, President
George Bush said:
"We're a peaceful nation. This is the calling of
the United States of America. The most free nation
in the world. A nation built on fundamental values
that reject hate, reject violence, rejects murderers
and rejects evil. We will not tire."
Here is a list of the countries that America
has been at war with
- and bombed - since the second world war:
China (1945-46, 1950-53)
Guatemala (1954, 1967-69)
Belgian Congo (1964)
El Salvador (1980s)
Certainly it does not tire - this, the
most free nation in the world.
[Arundhati Roy, author of 'The God of Small Things',
Booker Prize, six million copies sold, translated
into forty languages.]
Added by World-Action:
AFGHANISTAN (2001 to ......?)
Then IRAQ (2003 to ......?)
IS A RACKET' - Smedley Butler on Interventionism
Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major
General Smedley Butler, USMC:
"War is just a racket.
is best described, I believe, as something that is
not what it seems to the majority of 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 masses.
in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing
else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then
we'll fight. The trouble with America is that when
the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it
gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent.
Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers
follow the flag.
wouldn't go to war again as I have done to protect
some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only
two things we should fight for. One is the defense
of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
War for any other reason is simply a racket.
isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the
military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men"
to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy
enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations,
and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.
seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a
comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent
thirty-three years and four months in active
military service as a member of this country's most
agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in
all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to
Major-General. And during that period, I spent most
of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big
Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In
short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
suspected I was just part of a racket at the time.
Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the
military profession, I never had a thought of my own
until I left the service. My mental faculties
remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the
orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone
in the military service.
make Mexico, 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 benefits
of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long.
I helped purify Nicaragua for the international
banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I
brought light to the Dominican Republic for American
sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to
it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
those years, I had, as the boys in the back room
would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I
feel that I could 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."
'Shocked And Horrified' By
Larry Mosqueda, Ph.D.
LIE AND DECEPTION