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Memorial Day Greetings from my brother Ted (and me)

Greetings to all:

We should use this Memorial Day to honor those who have served and especially those who have died. Like most in the past 60 years, Memorial Day 2011 will be another holiday filled with well meant patriotic ceremonies, and speeches by politicians and citizens alike; speeches about the sacrifices of American military personnel.

But the knowledge that so many of our military personnel have died unnecessarily should anger the free people in our republic, redoubling their determination to hold public officials accountable. If the sunshine patriots really care about their neighbors in uniform, they will stop putting servicemen and women at risk for frivolous reasons.

Instead of piously circulating patriotic emails to their friends, people should act. They should insist that presidents stop initiating foolish, unnecessary conflicts and that Congresses stop allowing presidents to unilaterally conduct foolish, unnecessary wars.
People should protest against dumb conflicts and vote against politicians willing to risk American lives for frivolous purposes. America’s military cemeteries are filled because of the decisions of political leaders elected by citizens across the nation.

The best way to honor the fallen is to say “never again!” Never again will American lives be wasted in ambitious foreign crusades which leave America less free and secure.

May God bless our servicemen and women — the active and the veterans, the quick and the dead — and may God bless America.

The above thoughts are by Ted Webb, who served our country honorably during both the Cold War and the Vietnam War.

The Big Green Machine

Now in its second year, Operation Free has gotten dozens of veterans to log more than 25,000 miles and travel across 21 states to stop and talk at union halls, factories, statehouses, and radio and TV stations about how America’s dependence on oil determines not only which wars we fight but also our ability to wage war.

They argue that America must become energy-independent, invest in renewables, and commit to a future that eradicates the threat of climate change—not because it’s the feel-good thing to do but because this nation’s security depends on it.

Read More: The Big Green Machine – Emerging Ideas – Utne Reader.

Veterans Day or Rulers Day?

t r u t h o u t | Veterans Day or Rulers Day?

Mostly what the vets have done is to be tricked into serving the forces that have used them, and in many cases, used them up. The vets deserve your support mostly because they believed, and gave what was asked, and were promised something in exchange. When promise-keeping time comes up, they find they have to get in a line and wait and then they must fight to receive what was promised. In many cases, what they get is enough for a little cheap wine and a bed at a shelter. These aren’t the vets that get dragged out before the game or race, or at half-time. Nope, those vets are the believers. The “presentable” ones.