Hello, friends. Thanks for joining us on World Focus. I’d like to wish you a happy Memorial Day. We think of our neglected veterans from the time of the Revolutionary War, and how they started a rebellion after that war – Shay’s Rebellion – because they were supposed to get land, which they did not get. And such continues today. All through history, there’s been a very warm relationship between the peace movement and the veterans. In recent years, the most important book on that subject is called “The Spitting Image: Myth, Memory and Legacy of Vietnam,” by professor Jerry Lembcke.
What he brought out as a Vietnam veteran was the very warm relationship the veterans and the troops had with the peace movement that set up coffeehouses for them, spoke on their bases, and realized they were victims of a poverty draft, a direct draft, they were victims of civic religion, which we’ll talk about a little later.
Many veterans started from the highest motives, believing they were defending their country. But they were involved in the worst evil possible, which is war. War is a combination of lies, rape, murder, torture, profiteering – that’s all it’s ever been. Slaves have fought in war. People have been pressed and pushed into war through a fake religiosity of the state, and it continues today. The peace movement still relates to the veterans of those wars and those in a situation of quasi-slavery in which if they don’t follow orders they’re going to be either thrown into prison or maybe even executed. Read More