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Thu Sep 5, 2013, 04:49 PM

General Smedley Butler is still right: War IS a Racket

“Yes, they are getting ready for another war. Why shouldn’t they? It pays high dividends. But what does it profit the men who are killed? What does it profit their mothers and sisters, their wives and their sweethearts? What does it profit their children? What does it profit anyone except the very few to whom war means huge profits? Yes, and what does it profit the nation?”
General Smedley D. Butler, USMC 1933

More from the book:

War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is 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.

In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 04:52 PM

1. "Grandpa" Al Lewis introduced me to this treatise when he had his radio program on WBAI.

He quoted from it often and recited biographic facts about Col. General Smedley Darlington Butler.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 05:02 PM

3. thanks to you

I corrected General Butler's name. He was a very war-wise man.

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Response to noiretextatique (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 04:54 PM

2. Yes, of course.

It makes huge profits for the few, damages the earth, kills people and wildlife, starves everything else of life, and generally creates mayhem. It's expensive in treasure and blood.

The bankers always profit; that's how the BFEE got started.

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