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 Post subject: War Is A Racket
PostPosted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:30 am 
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Smedley Darlington Butler

* Born: West Chester, Pa., July 30, 1881
* Educated: Haverford School * Married: Ethel C. Peters, of Philadelphia, June 30, 1905
* Awarded two congressional medals of honor:
1. capture of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914
2. capture of Ft. Riviere, Haiti, 1917
* Distinguished service medal, 1919
* Major General - United States Marine Corps * Retired Oct. 1, 1931
* On leave of absence to act as director of Dept. of Safety, Philadelphia, 1932
* Lecturer -- 1930's
* Republican Candidate for Senate, 1932
* Died at Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, June 21, 1940

Major General Smedley Butler wrote about his thoughts on war after retiring from the Marines. The entire five chapters are on this website.

http://www.veteransforpeace.org/war_is_a_racket_033103.htm

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.

In the World War [I] 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 parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

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WAR MILLIONAIRES...I like that term a lot better than some of the others that have come out of this murderous and shameful era...it's much more truthful than that ever so popular "IslamoFascist" term.

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 Post subject: In print also
PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:12 pm 
In print also

No research into the question of war would be complete without knowledge of

War is a Racket by Smedley Butler. It's a short read, it's back in print, and the content is absolutely world class. Smedley Butler was the Marine Corps general who, when asked by the corporate cabal to participate in the coup of 1934, told them to go fuck themselves. What general would have the balls to take such a stand today?

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"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."

http://feralhouse.com/titles/investigat ... racket.php

"Originally printed in 1935, War Is a Racket is General Smedley Butler’s frank speech describing his role as a soldier as nothing more than serving as a puppet for big-business interests. In addition to photos from the notorious 1932 anti-war book The Horror of It by Frederick A. Barber, this book includes two never-before-published anti-interventionist essays by General Butler. The introduction discusses why General Butler went against the corporate war machine and how he exposed a fascist coup d’etat plot against President Franklin Roosevelt. Widely appreciated and referenced by left- and right-wingers alike, this is an extraordinary argument against war - more relevant now than ever."

http://feralhouse.com/press/warisaracket/


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