Here’s How to Honor the Fallen this Memorial Day: By Exposing the Warmongering Lies of Govt

memorial-dayBy Claire Bernish

Displaying flags and placing flowers on the graves of military members might be two of the more traditional Memorial Day methods of showing tribute to those who have fallen in battle; but perhaps a new tradition must be initiated — one that would constitute the highest form of respect. It’s time, beginning with Memorial Day 2016, to prevent any further unnecessary deaths by exposing the lies of the American empire in corporate and defense profiteering as the now-exclusive driving factors behind its push for war on all fronts.

Before jumping to assert this would somehow disrespect those who have died, understand it is precisely because the lives of U.S. troops are precious that we should not allow anyone to die for less than the most noble cause. And the imperialist goals of a crumbling empire simply do not embody a laudable reason to put lives on the line. Exposing mendacious pro-war propaganda for what it is could swiftly change the minds of future soldiers considering devoting their lives to military service.

Plenty of past examples of unabashed pro-war propaganda can be found in narratives invariably regurgitated by mainstream media acting as the government’s cheerleader.

When Russia delivered humanitarian aid to victims of ethnic cleansing in Ukraine, the United States attempted to present the move as an invasion. But its inept propaganda quickly became apparent when evidence to back up the claim never materialized — it was nonexistent because it wasn’t true.

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko’s ultranationalist goals to clamp down on the people of Eastern Ukraine who wished to retain their Russian culture was quickly reinforced with military action. As thousands of civilians were killed and millions fled the violence, Russia sent a convoy of aid in medical supplies and food. But due to lingering Cold War resentment by the U.S. government, the aid convoy suddenly became a Russian invasion — properly touted as such by every corporate media outlet and, of course, by then-Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as John Kerry.

“Russian artillery support — both cross-border and from within Ukraine — is being employed against Ukrainian armed forces,” asserted Rasmussen in August 2014. This was backed by Kerry, who claimed of the Russian aid convoy in a flagrantly hypocritical statement, “This is an act of aggression that is completely trumped up in terms of in terms of its pretext. It’s really 19th-century behavior in the 21st century … You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests.”

Not only did neither official present evidence of their claims, but the most telling confirmation the contrary was true developed just two days ago with the announcement Rasmussen will now act as “non-staff” advisor to none other than Ukrainian president Poroshenko.

But the public quickly believed the bald-faced lie — precisely as the U.S. assumed it would based on its previous enormous successes in fooling the public by proffering only half- and untruths to promote military action.

Invading Iraq after the attacks of September 11, 2001, received similar public support, when the U.S. hammered its claim Saddam Hussein had been stockpiling ‘weapons of mass destruction’ — despite actual evidence to the contrary from the International Atomic Energy Agency. President George W. Bush later disgustingly, unapologetically quipped during a black-tie press event, “Those weapons of mass destruction gotta be somewhere.”

Muammar Gaddafi’s demise was similarly inevitable when oil-rich Libya moved away from the petrodollar toward the gold dinar. Though Gaddafi indeed headed a dictatorship, the U.S. took propagandizing to new lows by claiming the ‘brutal’ dictator provided Viagra for Libyan troops to perform “systematic rape” of innocent civilians. A reporter who asked for actual evidence of these crimes was directed to International Criminal Court documents — however, of 77 total pages, 17 through 76 were wholly redacted, leaving putative evidence out of public reach. Though the fervent push to set up a central bank in Libya should have clued in the American public, it took the declassification of Hillary Clinton’s notorious emails to break previous pro-war mythology.

After 9/11, the U.S. government waged a disinformation campaign claiming the capture of Osama bin Laden necessitated the invasion of Afghanistan. Further propaganda has since declared the United States is rebuilding the war-ravaged country, but as journalist John Pilger noted, just 3 percent of aid to Afghanistan “is used for reconstruction.”

As James Corbett pointed out in a breakdown of numerous pro-war and pro-military action propaganda campaigns, the U.S. created false or misleading angles to back its interests in the invasion of Grenada, in Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin incident, World Wars One and Two, the Spanish-American War, Uganda (with the shamKony 2012pseudo-documentary), and many others.

Recently, renowned journalist Seymour Hersh revealed — despite the U.S. goal of deposing Syria’s president — the Joint Chiefs of Staff indirectly aided Bashar al-Assad’s regime by sending ‘intelligence via Russia, Germany, and Israel on the understanding it would be transmitted to help push back Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State.’

Hersh also claimed the 2013 sarin chemical attack in Ghouta had been staged as an excuse to draw the U.S. into Syria at the behest of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan — and that Hillary Clinton had approved sending the deadly chemical to rebels to pull it off. Turkish news daily Zaman later confirmed Hersh’s reports.

In the past month, WikiLeaks revealed evidence the latest acting president of Brazil, Michel Temer — installed after a contentious and highly questionable coup — has been an intelligence informant to the U.S.

While Americans continue to believe the troops always fight to preserve freedom, the PATRIOT Act, USA Freedom Act, the worsening Surveillance State, and general curbing of longstanding and natural liberties inside the United States prove otherwise. After all, if freedom really existed, would the U.S. government approve and then consistently reaffirm the right under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to arbitrarily and indefinitely detain U.S. citizens anywhere in the world without explanation or even counsel?

This Memorial Day, honor those who have died during military service by refusing to buy U.S. pro-war propaganda — no matter how brazen or insidiously subtle it may be. Save the lives of potential soldiers by showing them evidence that what they’re really fighting for has nothing to do with either defense or freedom.

Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.

  • BoBo Jones

    if all the military and police would wake up and quit killing for a paycheck to sustain the psychopaths in power the world would be a better place

    • If the public would REFUSE to be extorted by the State via taxation the situation would change overnight !

      But people will never “wake up” !
      .

    • Bobby Bill

      if you wake them suddenly, they’ll probably think they’re back in Israel where they learned from some of the world’s most dedicated psychopaths

  • The innumerable gravestones marking those who died in America’s endless wars are indicative a great sacrifice—but for what cause?

    “The power to declare war is a serious responsibility. Why were the framers so vague in defining the parameters of war and the conditions under which it could be declared? Section 8, Clause 11 is the only place of significance where warfare is mentioned in the Constitution. Little wonder this power has been abused. Luther Martin [one of Maryland’s delegates to the Constitutional Convention] protested:

    ‘…the congress have also a power given them to raise and support armies, without any limitation as to numbers, and without any restriction in time of peace. Thus, sir, this plan of government, instead of guarding against a standing army, that engine of arbitrary power, which has so often and so successfully been used for the subversion of freedom, has in its formation given it an express and constitutional sanction….’40

    “…Because the framers provided no Biblical parameters, unbiblical warfare has been the rule ever since.

    “Following is a list of the countries bombed by the United States since World War II…. From 1945 to the present, the United States has bombed nineteen different countries under the guise of defending America’s sovereignty and promoting democracy. But America is none the better for it, and not one of these countries has become a legitimate democracy – not that this would be anything to celebrate. Something is amiss. Wars fought for political gain or financial profit can only be classified as ungodly acts of aggression. It would
    be prudent for today’s presiden ts to learn from Kings Josiah’s and Amaziah’s tragic mistakes. Although they were both acclaimed as godly men by Yahweh, Josiah was killed (2 Chronicles 35:21-24) and Amaziah (2 Kings 14:8-14) was taken captive for their wars of aggression….”

    Memorial Day is one the greatest propaganda tools for “patriotism” that contributes to more of our young men (and now women) volunteering to be cannon fodder for the United States Constitutional Republic’s insatiable imperialistic lust and the New World Order financed by the international bankers:

    “John Quincy Adams [prophetically] predicted the consequences of America’s international military entanglements:

    ”‘America … has abstained from interference in the concerns of others, even when the conflict has been for principles to which she clings…. Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will her heart, her benedictions, and her prayers be. But she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.… She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy and ambition, which assume the colors, and usurp the standard of freedom. The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force; the frontlet on her brow would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished luster, the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the
    world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit.’41….”

    For more, see online Chapter 4 “Article 1: Legislative Usurpation” of “Bible Law vs. the United States
    Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my picture, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, ans scroll down to Chapter 4.

    Then, find out how much you REALLY know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that EXAMINES the Constitution by the Bible.

    • You may want to do a Bible search for “Synagogue of Satan” to find out who the criminal, satanic murderers are. Otherwise, you are wasting people’s time.

    • Ubiquitously *

      So, Kingdom Ambassador,

      Which Constitution are you citing here.. the Constitution OF the United States, or the Constitution FOR the United States. The one written by the founding fathers for them and their posterity? Or the one written FOR the citizenry by the Corporate U.S.?

      Distinction, definitions, and verbage means EVERYTHING here..

      • Bob

        Does it matter in reflection of Gods word ?

      • Ubiquitously, thanks for asking.

        Let me ask you in return: Which one of the two is based upon Yahweh’s immutable moral law as the supreme law of the land?

        Of course, neither one is. Therefore, your question reflects a false paradigm either way and only goes toward further obscuring the real issue here.

        • Grundune

          The real issue, Ted R. Weiland, is promoting your sect’s campaign to abolish the U.S. Constitution in favor of one man rule. That’s got to be the stupidest idea since the publication of Das Kapital by Karl Marx.

      • Catfish

        You’re right on there being a difference. Most of the quotes are referring to the Constitution for the united states of America and not the Constitution of The United States of America. I haven’t had the chance to compare them side by side but there’s a definite difference or there wouldn’t be two so closely named it seems.

    • Grundune

      According to Ted R. Weiland, aka “Kingdom Ambassador”, Memorial Day is “one the greatest propaganda tools for “patriotism”.

      Your crude cynicism defines you and your fringe sect. You enjoy the freedom and liberty that thousands have fought and suffered and died to preserve and you spit on their efforts.

      You are one of the most disgusting excuses for a “preacher” and an American. A better description of you is turncoat and traitor. You are like an putrid infection that needs to be cured by the light of truth. You use the freedoms of this country in attempt to destroy it.

      You fit right in with the enemies of America. You sound like the Communists, Islamists, Progressives and the leaders of the neo-democrat party.

      No wonder you have less than eight bobblehead followers after years of advertising for free on numerous websites.

  • Herbert Dorsey

    After the Afghanistan invasion and invasion of Iraq, the U.S. public became weary of war. So the U.S. State Department resorted to the type of proxy war used to bring down Yugoslavia during the William Clinton Administration. As documented in “CIA: Crime Incorporated of America”, the CIA has long used terrorists to destabilize targeted nations. And, that was done to destroy Libya. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood were recruited in Egypt and brought into Al Qaeda and smuggled into Bengazi by the CIA. These were the forces that destroyed a country with the highest standard of living in Africa and turned it into a hot bed of Terrorism.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    Exposing the lies is a small step. The biggest step for an individual is surrendering to Jesus as Lord of their lives.

  • donhank

    Defense profiteering is not the main motive. The main motive is to keep the Saudis on board with the petrodollar agreement. The deal is we “defend” them and they in return charge only USD for their oil. But our part goes WAY beyond defense. Washington is acting as a mercenary force and as a highly useful proselytizer for Wahhabism, the most violent and intolerant religion ever known to man. These two functions also add up to a third function: prostitution.

  • SanityClaus

    war mongering lies of democrats and republicans.

  • Bob

    We have LITERALLY no more rights since the Patriot act.
    But does THAT MATTER ?
    WHY SHOULD it matter ? Really !!!
    You are becoming one with the beast if you believe the lie that MANS conforming to a subjective opinion is some how righteous.

    All we had before were promises of rights, resting in the wisdom of man.
    Better, to rest in Jesus, as our original Colonial Brothers once did.

    Will you buy the lie of SELF Ascension, or do you have the integrity to comprehend you are mere flesh magnificently designed by a Creator which has STANDARDS.

    Face the GIANT in a counterfeit way, a lie without the real Messiah, self love – if not you, then who, but someone will make a difference – JUST NOT that JESUS of the Bible with all his RESTRICTING RULES WHICH SOMEHOW ARE AGAINST US.

  • cellaphaneman

    They sure do not allow nor do their gold collar chickenshit children ever die in an endless (senseless) war.

  • y3shuA imMANu3l

    “Britain drenched by FLOODS with heavy showers and THUNDERSTORMS forecast all week
    Flooded car, woman with umbrella
    AFP / PA
    Heavy showers are set to continue throughout the week
    WORKERS returning after the bank holiday faced widespread flooding yesterday as torrential downpours drenched parts of Britain.
    By NATHAN RAO
    PUBLISHED: 22:38, Tue, May 31, 2016
    UPDATED: 22:47, Tue, May 31, 2016
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    An inch of rain fell across eastern regions with many roads in Essex left knee-deep in floodwater.
    London, Kent, Suffolk and parts of the North were also hit by the deluge.
    The Environment Agency issued seven flood alerts in the worst-hit regions while a Met Office weather warning for more rain was last night still in place for this morning.”

  • y3shuA imMANu3l

    “Amid deadly floods, Texas’ Brazos River crests at record 54 feet”

  • y3shuA imMANu3l

    Now will I rise.

  • Grundune

    Reading your works is a waste of time.

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