I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.(Source)
Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (Highest ranking marine at that time in history)
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Decades before President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the North American public about the Military Industrial Complex, an outspoken soldier by the name of Smedley Darlington Butler — the highest ranking marine in history at the time — made it clear to everyone that war is nothing else but business, “conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.”
What makes Butler especially reputable, is the fact that he has received the highest achievements a soldier possibly can, including the Marine Corps Brevet Medal, the Order of the Black Star, and the highest most prestigious award of all — the Medal of Honor twice. He was involved in the Spanish American war, the Philippine American war, World war 1, and a string of other foreign wars around the globe that ultimately facilitated the rise of the United States as a global military super power.
To put this into perspective, In his time he was the highest ranking soldier in history, and is still one of the highest ranking to this very day.
His testimony and insight are undoubtedly invaluable, and should be spread far and wide for all the world to read. And even now, after several years of incessant research, I have yet to find a more concise accounting of the war industry than his brilliant book, War is a Racket, which can be viewed online absolutely free.
If anyone still believes in the fairytale that war is fought for noble, benevolent reasons, after reading this remarkable first hand testimony, they are seriously in need of a shrink.
More soldiers have since come forward
Many more soldiers have come forward since Butler first exposed this criminal industry several decades ago, yet we never hear about these gut wrenching testimonies on any establishment media outlets. Instead, we are inundated by outlandish propaganda about how heroic war is. Oversimplified concepts of good vs evil are presented to the people, and sadly those who are lost in the darkness of ignorance consume it with the same earnest fervor of that of an 8 year old watching a fictional Disney movie.
But the Truth, is not so simple. The Truth, is actually very disturbing. So please watch the following testimony compilation with that in mind.
This, sadly, is just the tip of the iceberg. How many people know about the North American soldiers that gang raped a 14 year old Iraqi girl, murdered her family (including her 6 year old sister) and then burnt her body and home???
Or what about Sgt. Robert Bales murdering 16 civilians in cold blood — most of them women and children — back in 2012?
Unfortunately most people cannot bring themselves to believe that these things are actually going on, but ironically they can believe it about the military personnel of other countries. This, of course, is the result of sophisticated propaganda, that is employed today through a variety of methods, including the mainstream media (research the Pentagon Military Analyst Program) and Hollywood (research the Pentagon Liaison Unit), which both paint an oversimplified distorted image of war that invariably promotes a sense of immature tribalism, rooted in fiction rather than reality, Where “we’re the good guys” and “they’re the bad guys”.
Above an Iraqi child cries uncontrollably after U.S. forces killed both her parents for not stopping their car. The translator later said the girl cried out “Why did they shoot us? We have no weapons! We were just going home!” / SOURCE
The soldier’s & their families also suffer
It should be made very clear that it is not just the people living in foreign countries that suffer — though their plight should not be trivialized or degraded by way of comparison since they clearly get the worst of it — but soldiers and their families are also victimized by the war industry too.
Most people that join the military obviously have good intentions, but they are lied to and used by the ruling class as pawns are in a chess game with a greater agenda. The ramifications of this can be seen in the fact that veterans are killing themselves in the United States almost hourly, and they account for a large percentage of the homeless population in the country too. They often times come back with severe psychological issues and cases of PTSD. In fact, some returning soldier’s have such severe psychological problems that they have even killed their own spouses, and children. This is not to say this happens with all of them, but there is a clear trend that should concern us all.
In other words, these wars are destroying our world locally, and abroad, and only benefit the so called elite.
Above Image Credit: Adrian Sherratt
What can we do to stop this?
Awareness of the Truth, is the key to stopping war. No collective citizenry — in any country — wants to go to war and murder innocent people. So what the ruling class do to get around this, is they create imaginary enemies and evil empires that invariably inspire us to support their inhumane business of war and foreign exploitation. So the only way to stop this, is to obviously make people aware of the deception.
Of course, many people will make mention of the so called necessity of war (oh the power of propaganda), citing events like allegedly stopping the German Nazis, or preventing the spread of radical Islam, amongst other highly convoluted incidents in history. But these are people that are once again under the spell of the ruling class, because neither one of these suppositions is accurate.
For example, some of the most prestigious Nazi scientists (who were war criminals) were granted immunity by the United States government and joined the CIA (see Operation Paperclip), where they continued to illegally experiment on the civilian population (See MKULTRA). And radical Islam, has been supported by the U.S. government for decades, both directly and indirectly. In short, we are being played like unsuspecting chess pieces in a geopolitical game of conquest by a bunch of apathetic psychopaths.
So the key is to spread knowledge and awareness about what’s really going on here. We have more in common with civilians from all around the world, than we will ever have with those who rule over us. And once we realize that we all want peace, and it is only them who profit from our division and war, their bullshit game will finally come to an end!
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1] Butler, Smedley (1935), War is a Racket, Ch 1.
3]Shah, Taimoor, “Days Of Horror And Grief: Reporting The Panjwai Massacre”, New York Times, 9 November 2012