Memorial Day

War! War! War! America has launched more wars and invasions than any other country by far. The overlooked victims of these wars are the American soldiers. They have been sent to fight in wars in Viet Nam, Iraq and Afghanistan as well as invasions all over the world. They have been sent to occupy  750 US military bases in 80 countries all over the world. The justification for this is basically for the defense of America from the threat of other countries.

Viet Nam was no threat to America. Iraq was no threat to America, Afghanistan was no threat to America. The fact is America is virtually impregnable. Not even Russia would dare attack America. The justification of “in defense of America” is a barefaced lie. What an outrage! To send our sons and daughters thousands of miles away to risk their lives on a lie. Many have lost their lives. Many have lost limbs. Many have lost their minds to PTSD. What an outrage!

It is obviously a lie. But, the media embellishes the lie with stories of bravery, heart-warming stories of soldier-family reunions and of course flag-draped coffins. So, instead of exposing the lie, they embellish this lie so well that Americans swallow it, hook, line and sinker, and rush to support politicians who are mongers of war. Peace almost becomes a dirty word.

It is Memorial Day.  In memory of those exploited soldiers, we place our hand over our heart, unfurl the stars and stripes and listen to marching bands play patriotic songs. We are not Australians, but in future Memorial Days, I hope the bands play, “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda.”

(Listen to “And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda” at )

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About the Author
Michael Irving Phillips has kept abreast of Jamaican and the rest of the Caribbean by his one-man production of Hot Calaloo, a newsletter about Caribbean news and views. From April 1992 to December 1999, it was published monthly and was transferred to the web at since then.

He was born in Jamaica and left home for Howard University in the US where he received MA (Education) and BS (Chemistry) degrees. Previous books includes :"A Jamaica Poor No More", "Boycott Money And Save Your Soul – Launching The Goodwill Revolution:, “Leave the Rat Race To The Rats” and “Poems for Husbands and Other Underdogs

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