This quote hung on my wall when I wrote the first draft of Counteract.
If it doesn’t terrify you, it should.
I imagine the words spoken softly, matter-of-factly. A “duh” at the end is implied.
It is easy to manipulate people.
It’s a little harder to manipulate people who are paying attention.
3 Disturbing Facts Every American Needs to Consider this Veteran’s Day — This is How to Thank a Vet
Claire Bernish November 11, 2016
If you have served in any branch of the military, Veterans Day has symbolic and emotional meaning others can only relate to empathetically, but might never fully grasp. Today, we honor those who fought for the United States, dedicating a portion of their lives in defense of what we, as a nation, hold dear — often returning scarred and battered inside and out.
A mythos exists about the armed services — indoctrinated veneration of men and women in uniform, and a call to duty — where, by design, the people of this land aren’t taught to question war or the military, or the consequences reverberating into the past and future.
However, as a growing number of veterans will tell you in moments of bare honesty, taking up arms and donning a uniform isn’t exactly about fighting for freedom — and the wounds sustained in battle physically and mentally haunt many former service members for reasons that have little to do with glory and honor.
Our military, as many have discovered, entices young people not even old enough to buy a beer to risk their lives — and the Pentagon and recruiters propagandize service as a patriotic, educational adventure and opportunity to work with state of the art technology and equipment. But what they don’t explain are the horrors of the battlefield — and the truth about our government’s motives for war.
So, this Veterans Day, it’s imperative to examine military service for what it truly entails — what the government actually asks of service members — and why the last thing we should do is ask more youth to join up.
Inveigling young Americans to join the military by touting free college and patriotism is perhaps the most dishonest hoodwinks the government could make. Indeed, service members do fight in the name of the United States, but wars abroad in modern times are far more complex than just good fighting evil — and much of that surrounds our many proxy wars.
While the Pentagon claims the U.S. fights terrorists, particularly of the Islamic State, in Syria and many other Middle Eastern countries — and to a degree, that’s true — other terrorist groups are now considered our allies. In fact, certain offshoots of al-Qaeda — the exact radicals targeted by the U.S. in the years following 9/11 — receive funding and training from different agencies of our government.
This trick of logic benefits only the notorious goal of regime change — ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad — while infuriating embattled local populations and the governments of other nations who don’t distinguish between the nefarious groups. To civilians victimized by military battles and belligerent radicals alike, a terrorist is a terrorist — no distinctions necessary.
Veterans who’ve experienced this duplicity firsthand agree with that assessment and many are furious with the government essentially employing terrorists to fight terrorists under the overarching mission to oust another nation’s leader. Discovering you’ve agreed to fight for reasons you not fully explained from the start — and should consider terrorists allies — has embittered countless veterans who honestly believed the military defends Americans’ freedoms.
Scores of fighters return to the United States in desperate need of expert healthcare to heal and rehabilitate minor to wholly incapacitating physical injuries — and mental and emotional trauma endured in witnessing the horrors of bloodshed. But the Veterans Administration tasked with that job falls criminally short on nearly every level.
Over two years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs had amassed a backlog of 900,000 applications for healthcare, but far worse — and deeply revealing of a systemic issue — at least 300,000 of those applicants died while waiting to receive the benefits which should have been immediate.
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects tens of thousands of veterans, leading many to take their own lives not to be haunted by horrific and agonizing images making daily life a continuance of war. Those considering suicide have the option of reaching out to the Veterans Crisis Line — but actually speaking with a trained counselor is a task in itself.
A report earlier this year revealed the Crisis Line is rife with inexcusable problems, leaving desperate callers on hold for over 20 minutes wasn’t rare — and some calls were even diverted to voicemail, which staff did not even know existed. An investigation was initiated after an Iraq War veteran got voicemail instead of help, and proceeded to take his life.
Disrespect for former service men and women doesn’t end even once they pass away — in September, a whistleblower revealed the bodies of veterans in one VA hospital morgue had been allowed to languish for a month, and had badly decomposed.
Issues continue to plague the VA to this day.
If you think the U.S. enters countless military conflicts to protect the security of the American public, you would be astonishingly incorrect.
In addition to the aforementioned conflict over regime change — which is a favored tactic of our government — most wars are battles to further establish U.S. hegemony and exploit the targeted nation’s natural resources. Oil is perhaps the most well-known motivation for war, but probably isn’t the most valuable.
Afghanistan, as seasoned U.S. veterans can attest, has the world’s largest opium poppy crop — courtesy of the American intervention.
In May 2001, a report by the New York Times said U.S. narcotics experts visited Afghanistan and discovered that Taliban rule “appears to have wiped out the world’s largest crop in less than a year.”
On October 7 that year, the U.S. conveniently invaded the country in the name of fighting terrorism, and shortly afterward opium poppy cultivation took off — increasing 35-fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6,400 tons in 2014 — a veritable boon for Big Pharma.
And while pharmaceutical manufacturers enjoy skyrocketing profits from pushing opioid medications, the United States is now in the midst of a heroin epidemic. Veterans also suffer, as the VA doles out countless opioids rather than instituting reforms to actually care for those who served.
In addition to opium poppies, the U.S. discovered around $1 trillion in mineral resources in Afghanistan, as the New York Times reported in 2010:
“The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
Afghanistan is, of course, only one of the countries the U.S. continues to exploit.
Countless additional arguments could be proffered to why we must inform young people about the true nature of military conflict — and many returning soldiers have made it their mission to stop people from signing up and bring an end to wars fought for less than noble reasons.
Veterans for Peace accepts former military members from around the globe, and as the group’s mission states, seeks to “increase public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations, end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, seek justice for veterans and victims of war, and abolish war as an instrument of national policy.”
Honoring veterans with a day certainly provides a symbolic recognition of service — but it rings hollow for too many who served for what they believed was duty, only to discover the truth of war.
Instead, we must stop creating veterans — stop destroying the lives of people who join the military and those of millions of civilians victims in foreign lands — all in the name of U.S. imperialism.
It is our imperative to expose these insidious truths and inform those considering signing up to serve that patriotic duty is only an illusion to ensnare the uninformed into fighting, killing, and even dying for corporate profit, exploitation, and hegemony.
Ask the profiteers and politicians to send their own kids to fight — and we’d see how quickly peace would prevail.
‘VETERANS DAY’ FLASHBACK
Most Americans know November 11 as ‘Veterans Day’ — the day we honor the poor chumps who have “died for our freedom” (barf), as well as the living ones who knew not and know not of dark powers that misuse the Department of Offense. We do not intend that in any way as an insult to our vets; but that is the tragic historical reality of the situation.
But what few people know is that the date originated as, and still coincides with, ‘Armistice Day’. The date is commemorated every year on the 11th of November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany in a railway carriage at Compiègne, France.
Make a mental note of the famous railway carriage of 11-11-1918. It is where Germany was tricked into capitulating, triggering celebrations throughout France, the U.K. and the U.S.
The official cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” (11-11-11) of 1918. Off topic here for a moment; but three decades later, the Allied ‘D-Day’ (Devil’s Day) invasion of Normandy was launched at the “sixth hour of the sixth day of the sixth month” of 1944 — 6-6-6. Globalists just love their Satanic symbolism, don’t they?
As the above headline of the 1918 Sulzberger’s Slimes shows – (yes, even back then, the Ochs-Sulzberger Crime Family owned “the paper of record’!) – Berlin was immediately “Seized by Revolutionists” (Communists). Leading the ‘German’ counterparts of the murderous ‘Russian’ Bolsheviks who had already seized Petrograd / St. Petersburg and other areas of Russia (October 1917, ‘Red October) were Rosa Luxemburg (cough-cough) and Karl Liebknecht (cough-cough).
To make a long story short, the Red Revolution was quickly put down by the brave volunteers of the German ‘Freikorps’. Red Rosa and Kommie Karl soon got what was coming to them. In 1919, the bitch was beaten with rifle butts and thrown into a nearby river; while Liebknecht was forced to step out of the car he was being transported in and then shot.
1- Arrogant Communists Luxemburg and Liebknecht strut through Berlin, thinking they were about to brutally lord over defeated Germany. The heroic Freikorps boys put an end to that notion!
2- Freikorps boys party it up after taking care of business. (Wish these MEN would come back and show their pussified great grandsons how to take care of the ‘migrants’ — and Merkel too!)
Though spared from Communist takeover, Germany could not be saved from the cruel punishment of the Treaty of Versailles which was to come. The loss of territory, the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Western Prussia, the isolation of Eastern Prussia, the hunger, the hyper-inflation, the imposed war guilt, the debauchery and degradation of the Weimar Republic years and so much more — it all began with the inexplicable and total surrender of 11-11-18.
We say “inexplicable” because, at the time of the armistice / surrender, not one square inch of German territory had been occupied by the Allies. Though it is certainly true that the tide of war had begun to turn (due to America’s entry), there was no need to capitulate so easily — not when 120,000 Americans had already died after just 7 months of fighting (70,000 combat / 50,000 Spanish Flu / other) with an additional 200,000 wounded!
A certain highly-decorated and twice-injured (badly) war hero was not pleased by the treason of 11-11-1918 and its horrible aftermath. He took to political activism in order to right the wrongs.
“We must call to account the November Criminals of 1918. It cannot be that two million Germans should have fallen in vain and that afterwards one should sit down as friends at the same table with traitors. No, we do not pardon, we demand – Vengeance! ”
– Hitler, Munich Speech, September 1922
So, who or what forces prompted Germany’s bizarre decision to just lay down its substantial arms and suddenly retreat from the Western frontiers?
1. The internal force of Jewish-led Marxists (Luxemburg, Liebknecht et al) and ambitious liberals who wanted Germany to lose and become a “democracy” or even a full blown Communist state.
2. The internal force of Zionists (who overlapped with #1) who wanted Germany to lose so that British forces could be freed up to take Palestine away from Turkey – Germany’s ally.
3. The internal force of deluded war-weary fools who trusted in Woodrow Wilson’s empty promises of a fair and just “peace without victors”.
After the capitulation and collapse of Germany, the Jewish-led home front betrayal – which cost the German military the war – came to be known as ‘The Stab in the Back’ — depicted in 1920’s cartoons above.
The traitors and fools who delivered Germany to disaster in 1918 set the ‘world stage’ for the horrors that are still unfolding to this day — and could soon lead to World War III. What a mess they made in 1918! That is why The Great One coined the term, “The November Criminals” to describe this greasy and pathetic bunch who signed onto 11-11-18. And that is also why your intrepid reporter and his fearless feline side-kick will most certainly not be commemorating ‘Veterans Day.’