Every year I find myself in a very precarious spot with my American friends. What I am about to express will get some people fueled by hatred that Iʻll be called “un-american”, “un-patriotic”, and my personal favorite, ” a traitor”. Today is Veterans Day and Iʻm wondering how it is that the American people have become so blinded by pro-war propaganda.
I woke up this morning to see my Facebook newsfeed flooded with Veterans Day memeʻs and “thank youʻs”. Immediately I started to wonder how informed the American people really are when it comes to our military. Weʻre lead to believe that our military is “protecting us” from the evil and injustice in this world. Weʻre lead to believe that killing millions of people to “protect” our rights is ok with God because well, HE would forgive them because of their duty to country. And the American people buy into this just like they think that the murder of women and children are justified in our eye. We focus on “heros” and turn a blind eye from women and children murdered around the world.
Scholars would tell us that in order to have peace there must be war. However, they also need to state that there will always be another war, another Hitler, another Pol Pot in this crazy messed up world. By continuously policing the world, we have tarnished our reputation as being an arrogant, uneducated society. Travel outside of the Americaʻs sometime to experience the full brunt of what it means to be an American.
So while my friends, family, and my friends who have served this country (Iʻm antiwar, not antitroop) are not going to understand this, I willl say anyway: “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Sun-tzu. And with that I will be taking today to remember the millions of lives lost because of our military and governement involvement. Due to special interest groups who fueled the media to brainwash the American people into submissive and passive feelings of wartime. Iʻm taking today to remember the thousands of troops that commit suicide because of PTSD. Whom everyone (especially military commanders) turn yet another blind eye to. With so many blind eyes, itʻs a wonder we can see anything at all.