As I sip my homemade juice…
On Facebook a meme is floating around on how there are 900 United States military bases around the globe in 153 counties. This, the meme claims, is proof that our nation not fighting for freedom but in constant war as an occupying force.
Let it be known that I did a quick look-see about the facts behind the number of active bases and while the numbers may not be on point, (there seems to be not hard and fast number, the last quote most often cited was from 2011) it is still indicative of the truth.
The truth I speak of is that our current engagements are wrong, they are not wars but occupations. Yet my view, like millions of others, is seen as unpatriotic. Well, PEACE IS PATRIOTIC TOO.
Don’t believe me? Is this another hippie rant? Well, our own Founding Fathers warned against standing armies. “Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty.” -George Washington 1796.
Or, James Madison… “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied: and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”
Ask a vet from any recent engagements and see if they actually thought that they were fighting for our nation. It’s sad but they often come back confused and scarred with PTSD from defending corporations interests.
In my peace studies classes over the years I have met so many young vets (who signed up right after high school believing they they were doing something good for our nation and instead have been used) who pursue their education after they’re done with their service and they want to learn about “War and Peace” because they come back home and need to know WHY.