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"They gave their lives for their country"

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  • Ram Lau
    http://www.peacereporter.net/dettaglio_articolo.php?idart=3039 Excerpt of the peech given by Howard Zinn in Rome, 6/23/2005 In the United States, every year
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 15 1:06 PM
      http://www.peacereporter.net/dettaglio_articolo.php?idart=3039
      Excerpt of the peech given by Howard Zinn in Rome, 6/23/2005

      In the United States, every year at the end of May, we celebrate
      Memorial Day, which is dedicated to the memory of all those who have
      died in the nations' wars.

      It is a day when bugles blow, and flags are unfurled, and you hear
      politicians and editorial writers say, again and again: "They gave
      their lives for their country."

      There is a double lie in that short sentence. First, those who died in
      war did not give their lives – their lives were taken from them by the
      politicians who sent them to war, politicians who now bow their heads
      on Memorial Day.

      Second, they did not give their lives for "their country" but for the
      government – in the present instance for Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld
      and the corporate executives of Halliburton and Bechtel – all of whom
      are profiting, either financially or politically, from the military
      action that has killed over 1700 Americans and countless Iraqis. No,
      they did not die for their country. The ordinary people who make up
      the country get no benefits from the blood shed in Iraq.
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