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Smedley Darlington Butler was a two-time medal of honor recipient who retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Major General in 1931. During his time in the Corps, General Butler had served in numerous American conflicts from China to Haiti.
When he retired he went on an immediate cross-country speaking campaign against US wars of aggression. He informed his audiences that such wars were unjust, and served only the purposes of the powerful bankers who funded them, and the arms manufacturers who profited from them.
His message was so well-received by the American people that General Butler was encouraged to write a short book on what goes on behind the scenes to bring about wars of aggression. He summarized the matter in these words:
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
Contrary to the naivete of some people both then and now, General Butler was under no illusions that America’s wars of aggression were begun and fought for profit. You can read his entire short book here.
We are now seven. Seven bloggers from around the world who have united in the hope of starting a movement to oppose wars of aggression initiated by any nation. Our names are Matthias, Kat, Bruce, Sid, Patrick, Jane, and me. Please consider joining us in this cause.
You can help this worthy movement grow and go viral. You can make a difference — especially now, when it’s only three days old.
Simply link to this poem on your blog, or share it with your friends or on any social media site. If you feel like it, both link to it and post your own take on wars of aggression encouraging others to join the cause.
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