Just about every government holiday has been turned into an excuse for Troop Worship. As the United States’ descent into Fascism has accelerated since September 11, 2001, Militarism has of course taken center stage in our culture. So now every holiday, every sporting event, and even many church services have to acknowledge the “heroism” and “sacrifice” of the troops.
For simply taking a government job and putting on a uniform, an ordinary American man or woman is transformed into a hero. It doesn’t even matter what they do during their employment or where they’re stationed, we are all told to salute them. Those that actually fight the never ending wars the regime in Washington wage do tend to get extra admiration, but fighting is not a prerequisite to being endlessly thanked for Military “service.”
But Memorial day should be different. I, for one, don’t think that any of the wars conducted by the US Military in the 20th or 21st centuries have been moral or necessary. I don’t think the troops were protecting the freedoms of ordinary Americans despite what the propagandists would have you believe. I won’t be thanking any of the men or women who participated in these overseas slaughters. That includes the so called “good war,” World War II.
But I do feel sympathy for all those who were killed and their families which is really what Memorial Day should be about. They died in vain, but many of them in the last century were drafted. They often faced jail time or would have had to flee their homes for the safety of some neighboring foreign land. Even those that willingly signed up, did so as confused young men and women being told lies by much older men and women who should have known better. Sometimes their own teachers, parents, and clergy were the ones feeding them those lies.
So for all those killed in service to the Empire, you have my deepest sympathy if not my gratitude. I hope you are faring better in the after life than you did in this life. I hope your families have been able to move on and live relatively happy lives.
The same goes for all those civilians and average soldiers of foreign governments who were killed by the US Military.