Surveys have shown the vast majority of Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake and should be ended - and yet it goes on. More deaths of real people are added to the list of those who died for a mistake every day. Today is Memorial Day, a holiday that is built around the lie that the deaths of millions of friends, relatives, and strangers has somehow preserved our Freedom. I'm here to tell you - in the kindest way I can - that millions of people over the years have died for that lie.
We all need to come to terms with some unpleasant realities of life if we want our world to be a better place. That's hard to do when all around you are smug lies, saying that these millions of deaths were necessary. Our preachers tell us the Lie; our President tells us the Lie; just about every newspaper and TV News pretty face tell us the Lie that the many Americans who died in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, and even World War I and II died for a good reason.
We need to come to terms with the fact that we are being lied to, from the President on down. If we truly are free men and women, we need to get our minds around the fact that none of these wars were necessary to preserve our Freedom and the American Way of Life. Until we do that - and put our foot down - we're going to continue to have our friends and loved ones killed and maimed for life for no good reason.
I follow a higher law than the US government. That's the law that was taught to us centuries ago by Jesus Christ and many other enlightened spiritual teachers. Even the President says he is a Christian, but from watching his actions, I have to believe that either he is psychotic or he is a liar. It's time for all of us to start demanding our leaders to practice the higher laws that we say we believe.
"As you sow, so shall you reap." How plain is that? What goes around, comes around. If we continue to kill and destroy the homes of poor people in Iraq and elsewhere, their relatives and countrymen will try to do the same to us. Can you blame them?
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Either we believe this or we don't. Most Americans say we do, so let's start living our beliefs so we can start enjoying the real benefits of the peace and Freedom this country was created to provide.
How about "Thou shalt not kill!" If we want to honor our dead, who died with (for the most part) the best of intentions, we need to start living by our deepest beliefs.
We need to look at the cold, hard, ugly facts that nothing positive was accomplished by all the killing in Vietnam, Iraq, or even the Civil War, that could not have been accomplished by peaceful means. We trade with Vietnam now and they have proven to be no threat to our way of life - so how can we say our soldier died for some noble purpose?
Let's end the Lie! If we don't, we eventually will be dragged into a nuclear confrontation. Even the status quo of "acceptable levels of casualties" is insane, given that these wars are accomplisihing nothing but sowing the seeds of misery. War is impoverishing our nation.
There's a great article by Jacob Hornsberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation that says all this in a more scholarly manner, something about "They didn't die to defend our Freedom." I'll insert it when I locate the link.
I just wanted to say on this Memorial Day, let's honor our dead by swearing to stop believing the Lie that war is a necessary evil. It is not.