Veterans Day honors those among us who took a military Oath to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” All US military are trained to refuse obvious unlawful orders, with officers trained to arrest those who issue them (here, here).
Given the following objective and independently verifiable facts, the honor all Americans can exercise for veterans, country, and Earth is to end lie-started, unlawful US Wars of Aggression.
Honor is experienced and expressed through our thoughts, words, and actions.
The US has started 201 foreign armed attacks since WW2, causing the world’s peoples to conclude in polling that the US is indeed #1 as the most threatening nation to world peace. These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men. These US armed attacks have war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis.
Importantly, US official reports now confirm all “reasons” for war the US .01% claimed were known to be false as they were told.
More importantly, these lie-started US wars are not even close to lawful (here, here, here, here), and continue a long history of lie-began US Wars of Aggression. The most decorated US Marine general in his day warned all Americans of this fact of lie-started wars for 1% plunder, and W. Bush’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, chided Pulitzer-winning journalist, Ron Suskind, that government will continue with such actions to “create our own reality” no matter what anyone else might say.
All of these armed attacks are OBVIOUSLY Emperor’s New Clothes-unlawful from the two treaties won by all our families’ sacrifices from two world wars. Our veterans sacrificed to win these treaties that already ended war as a lawful option in crystal-clear letter and intent. These war-murders are supported by other former imperial-power-crazed governments and the agency they created after their last world war: the UN.
US rhetoric of “needing war” because they’re “heartbroken” for 276 African girls, or caring for 426 dead Syrian children are psychopathic pretense because the US reneges on every promise to end poverty that would save one million children from gruesomely slow and painful deaths every month (20,000 – 30,000 daily). I witnessed both parties’ “leaderships” only and always lie and dishonor their promises to end poverty as a lobbyist with RESULTS over two World Summits with heads of state.
Since 9/11, US reneged promises to end poverty have killed over 100 million children, twice the number of children enrolled in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the US.
Since the .01%’s reneged promises from just 1998, the total deaths from preventable poverty is conservatively greater than from all wars, revolutions, murders, accidents, and suicides in the 20th and 21st centuries.*
Since the 1990 World Summit for Children where the promise to end poverty was (again) sincerely pledged, total deaths from poverty eclipse all the above categories of death in all known human history.
Consensus among leading organizations is that ending poverty would require an investment from developed nations of just 0.7% of their GNI (gross national income), with a total 10-year cost of between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. Current US wars since 9/11 have a long-term cost now between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. This means that the US alone could have ended global poverty just since 9/11 for half the cost for their wars (also for perspective, 11 days of ongoing war cost would pay all tuition for US public college students).
In addition, the .01% hide $21 trillion to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens, with the top seven US banks hiding over $10 trillion.
The leverage point to remove the .01% for ongoing insult and crimes to our veterans, country, and all humanity is for those of us among the 99.99% with arrest authority to exercise it for ongoing War Crimes and murders of US soldiers who were lied-into criminal wars. Those of us with Oaths to “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic” are honor-bound to expose and end these Orwellian crimes.
I assert you have no honor for our veterans, country, and planet without commitment of your thoughts, words, and actions to end these unlawful wars that the .01% lie our families into engagement.
I assert your honor to end unlawful Wars of Aggression that are all started on known lies will earn the respect of all informed veterans, Americans, and Earth’s global citizens.
Choose wisely. Choices always have consequences.
*Assuming 15 years of poverty deaths totaling 225 million and 23 years at 400 million (poverty deaths have decreased over the past 20 years) compared to the estimates of 160 million war deaths from Scaruffi, P., Wars and Casualties of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and 230 million from Leitenberg, M, Deaths in Wars and Conflicts in the 20th Century, (along with the relatively smaller numbers for murders, accidents, and suicides). Total global deaths in recorded history is probably a safe estimate given a global population of ~1.6 billion in 1900. My assignment for high school students on ending poverty with all of the documentation: The Economics of Ending Poverty. Despite the investment to save a million children’s lives each month from preventable poverty being just 0.7% of our gross national income, despite that every historical case of ending poverty reduces population growth rates, and despite US promises to make that investment at global summits, the 1% “leadership” in government and corporate media renege and ignore all promises to end this crushing torture, these excruciating and prolonged deaths of children.
Note: Examiner.com seems to have blocked public access to my articles published on their site. Some of the links in some current articles are therefore now blocked. If you’d like to search for those articles other sites may have republished, use words from the article title within the blocked link. I’ll update as “hobby time” allows; including updating my earliest work from 2009 to 2011 (my blocked author pages: here, here).