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Remembrance of things past

25 May 2009 by Mike Gogulski
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So it’s the American Memorial Day again, a time when many Americans get a bit teary-eyed over what “our heroic/brave/noble troops” have done “for our freedom” — a conflated nexus of genuine mourning and pathological patriotism.

I have a bit of a different outlook on those troops, as many of you know.

A child's life CHANGED forever, thanks to America's brave soldiers. Bala Baluk district, Farah province, Afghanistan, 5 May 2009. Photo via the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, www.rawa.org

A child's life CHANGED forever, thanks to America's brave soldiers. Bala Baluk district, Farah province, Afghanistan, 5 May 2009. Photo via the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, www.rawa.org

I set out today to put forward a Memorial Day post to remember, a real shocker, if you will.

But I found myself surveying endless sets of photos of the horrors of war. Children missing limbs. Hideously mutated stillborn babies, courtesy of “depleted” uranium munitions. Battlefield trauma surgery. Burn victims. Executions. Murder, mutilation, death.

And my will faltered. I find I don’t have much to say. Or, perhaps I do, but digging deeply enough to put the words together is hurting me, and so I must back away.

So, instead, I leave you with the photo at right, and with simple linkage to my two pieces from around this time last year: Fuck the troops! and A Memorial Day tribute to police state supporters. And also with a few words from fellow anarcho-blogger Cork, in “A memorial day we can all get behind“:

Some anarchists will tell you that the troops died for nothing. But that’s not exactly true.

They died to butcher women and children. They died to make life miserable and unbearable for people all across the globe. They died to strengthen the police state. They died to take away our liberties. They died to enrich the military industrial complex. They died to make the world safe for US-style corporatist capitalism. They died to strengthen dictators and tyrants. They died to ensure US hegemony over the entire world, and to enslave the innocent. They died to destroy and steal from foreign countries. They died to worsen the economy and harm the poor. They died to end habeas corpus and protect torture.

In a nutshell: they died to make the world a far worse, far more despicable, and far more dangerous place. And they did so knowing exactly what they were doing.

  1. 4 Responses to “Remembrance of things past”

  2. By MCLA on 25 May 2009

    And then there’s this Herbert Spencer quote I see on Sheldon Richman’s blog: “When men hire themselves out to shoot other men to order, asking nothing about the justice of their cause, I don’t care if they are shot themselves.” Amen.

  3. By Cork on 25 May 2009

    Thanks Mike! I gave up on looking for pics to add to my post as well, because they’re just too horrible.

    It’s pretty sick that we celebrate those who gave their lives for evil.

  4. By Ethan Lee Vita on 25 May 2009

    There was a wonderful pro-freedom celebration in Keene: Free Keene Fest. Probably about 100 people showed up total. Food, Anarchy in Your Head, Revolution in a Box, letters to Sam Dodson, music. And then we had illegal alcohol at a state park(aptly named Robin Hood Park). Oh, and always the open carrying. I *loved* the anti-war.com sticker on one person’s holster. Symbolized the peaceful defense idea quite well.

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