When I was changing the radio station in my car recently I heard a talk show host make a comment I have heard before - that we have freedom of speech (and all the rest of our freedoms) because of the sacrifices of American soldiers.
This is nonsense. The U.S. has never been in a war to defend the country (by the way, we had been attacking Japan for ten years before Pearl Harbor happened).
About the only one the warmongers can defend is World War II and Iraq (the latter had a GNP one percent of the U.S. and a mean IQ of 87, so of course Duyba Shrub was convinced they were going to detonate a nuclear bomb in New York City). As for Germany they were going to CONQUER THE WORLD!!! (all our enemies are going to conquer the world), just like Pinky and the Brain, which only shows they know nothing of history. The only country that conquered the world was England - and that country was never our friend. After all, we fought two wars with them and they told every lie in the book to get us to defend them in WWI and WWII - including letting the Lusitania be sunk.
WWII, just like WWI, was a European war, and therefore none of our business. Who really won it is Russia - and the fact we supplied them. Otherwise the Germans would have rolled right over them, just the way they were rolling over the British and us. And why did the Germans attack Russia? They wanted to rid the world of Communism - which in those days was originally called "Jewish Bolshevism" (who murdered tens of millions of people more than the Nazis).
The Russians call it "the Great Patriotic War," and in the battle of Stalingrad at least one million Russians and Germans were killed. Perhaps even up to two million. No one really knows. Who counts peasants?
In fact, Patton wanted to team up with the Germans and attack Russia and rid the world of the Communist menace. He knew what was going to happen if it wasn't done. What happened is Korea and Vietnam - and I know a man who was a pilot on a B-29 during Korea. I also knew a tail gunner on a B-17 during WWII and he became an alcoholic because he was unable to live with sight of the burning cities he saw behind him.
Islam? It has been at war with the West and Christianity since it was created by the hallucinations of an epileptic child rapist. But it is a backward religion that has contributed nothing to the world and in fact was friends with the U.S. until we started supporting Israel (the country which attacked the Liberty and slaughtered dozens of American sailors) and started meddling over there and sending troops to occupy Muslim land.
That's why we were attacked on 9-11. We humiliated them and they got revenge on us (feelings of humiliation always lead to some kind of vengeance). It wasn't because of Dubya Shrub's hallucinations about how they attacked us for "our goodness."
And if we are in conflict with them the first step is to stop importing them over here and deport the ones here.
Not at all surprisingly, the ones who howl the loudest for war are the ones who've never gone and have no intention of going. They prefer to sit at home and yell, "Throw the ball here! Now throw it over there!"
The only ones who benefit from war are the rich. That's why there exists the old saying, "Rich man's war, poor man's fight."
The rich get richer - like Bush and Cheney - and everyone else gets poorer, not to mention wounded and dead.
Every person I've known who supported war has never been to one. The ones I know who consider it nothing but death and destruction are the ones who've seen it first hand.
I am not the slightest bit interested in the opinion of any politician on the subject. They're the ones who start the wars and end up watching their bank balances skyrocket while others "make the ultimate sacrifice" or learn to live with traumatic brain injuries and missing body parts.