This will be a difficult read for many of you because of your ingrained presuppositions and binary thinking….. yes, propaganda does work! It sure did on me…until I started to read 15-20 years ago.
Are we as a nation capable of understanding war and its consequences? Since most of us only see war on TV, it is easy to dismiss them unless someone close to us wakes us to reality. Start here to learn the history you never knew:
“The dad of my best friend when I was in high school had served in the army. He struggled with untreated PTSD & severe depression for 30 years, never told his family. Christmas eve of 2010, he went to their shed to grab the presents & shot himself in the head. That was the first funeral I attended where I was actually told the cause of death & the reasons surrounding it. I went home from the service, did some asking around, & found that most of the funerals I’ve attended before have been caused by untreated health issues from serving.” - The US Army Asked Twitter How Service Has Impacted People. The Answers Were Gut-Wrenching. - Caitlin Johnstone - After posting a video of a young recruit talking to the camera about how service allows him to better himself “as a man and a warrior”, the US Army tweeted, “How has serving impacted you?”
As of this writing, the post has over 5,300 responses. Most of them are heartbreaking.
How the Soldier’s Revolt Ended the Vietnam War – Joel Geier - “Of the 543,000 American troops in Vietnam in 1968, only 14 percent (or 80,000) were combat troops. These 80,000 men took the brunt of the war. …In 1968, 14,592 men–18 percent of combat troops–were killed. An additional 35,000 had serious wounds that required hospitalization.”
The hidden war
Our army that now remains in Vietnam is in a state approaching collapse, with individual units avoiding or having refused combat, murdering their officers and noncommissioned officers, drug-ridden, and dispirited where not near-mutinous. Conditions among American forces in Vietnam that have only been exceeded in this century by…the collapse of the Tsarist armies in 1916 and 1917.
Armed Forces Journal, June 19711
THE MOST neglected aspect of the Vietnam War is the soldiers’ revolt–the mass upheaval from below that unraveled the American army. It is a great reality check in an era when the U.S. touts itself as an invincible nation. For this reason, the soldiers’ revolt has been written out of official history.
More active-duty military personnel and veterans of post 9/11 wars have committed suicide than the number of military personnel killed in combat since then. Why are so many veterans and active-duty military personnel killing themselves?
Sometimes unsuspecting Christians are hit with a double whammy, like when Independence Day or Veterans Day falls on a Saturday and churches observe two patriotic Sundays—the one before and the one after—as if one day of blasphemy and idolatry was not enough.
This coming Sunday is another double whammy for Christians who are repulsed by the blasphemy and idolatry that takes place in their churches on certain Sundays of the year. Not only is this Sunday the Sunday before Veterans Day, it is also the Sunday before election day. - Another Double Whammy
By Laurence M. Vance November 3, 2022
Did anyone ask you? Have you ever asked the fundamental question?
The only question remaining is who exactly is the driving force behind it?
So What Is War? And Why We Understand It NOT! - If people often ignore the economic basis of war, it is because the media teach them Western Wars are ‘just wars” defending “democracy” against “autocracy”. That has never been the case. At the start of WWI, The Kaiser’s Germany was in many respects arguably more democratic than the UK, certainly not less than the US. - by Julian Macfarlane
When All Else Fails…….Let’s Have Us a WAR! - For all intents and purposes, that is exactly what our leaders of America and Western Europe are contemplating….
.. The signs are all around us:
Pleasurable excitement ripples through the usual boredom of Washington, and the resident curiosities enjoy exquisite frissons, over the possibility of nuclear war over the Ukraine……
……what would such a war be like? Let’s guess.
First – and as you already know if you read the above links - the war is already on and history shows us that from WWI and WWII.
So…is it possible that if we as a country that has in the past - and continues to this day - sending our troops to kill and maim millions of residents of other nations and destroy their homes and businesses…..without consequences to ourselves?