Thursday, August 11, 2016

This young woman is being widely criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the playing of the national anthem at the Olympics. And she has issued the appropriate apology, etc. 

Huh. Meanwhile, I am vigorously cheering for our opponents, no matter from what country they hail. Why? Because of this. Because of what I say here: that in this country, we have been lied to about everything, and especially about the many wars we fight, and not just since I was born but since long before I was born.

I have repeatedly mentioned that a book I highly recommend is Ruses for War by Professor John Quigley of UC Berkeley. In it, he explains and demonstrates that every war the US has fought since World War II has been based on lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. 

He starts with the Korean War, in which he proves that it was started by South Korea, not North Korea. The South invaded the North, and it was we who put them up to it. Dr. Quigley devotes 100 pages to that. 

But, why start with the Korean War? What about the Spanish-American War? That was just a land grab. Spain didn't blow up The Maine, and there is no dispute about that today. It is widely agreed and recognized that they didn't. We just greedily wanted what they had. 

But, why start with the Spanish-American War? What about the Mexican War? That was also just another land grab, and triggered by lies. When the fighting started, we accused Mexican troops of violating our border, but really US troops had violated their border. Does anyone really believe that the US was justified in invading Mexico? Does anyone really believe that the US was legally entitled to all the territory it demanded? And keep in mind that I am not among those who say that we should give California and Nevada and Arizona and New Mexico, etc. back to Mexico because it happened, what's done is done, and you can't undo long-established history. If we were going to do that, we would have to return all the land to the Native Americans, and as sympathetic as I am to them, I don't think that's practical either.  

How did we obtain Hawaii? It was another land grab. Hawaii was an independent country, a kingdom. And we told the queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii that either she submits to US rule or otherwise, we attack. To spare Hawaiian lives in what would have been a hopeless struggle, she relented. Her name was Queen Liliuokalani.  

And then there's this thing about killing John Kennedy and framing and killing Lee Harvey Oswald. And you wonder why I don't root for the US at the Olympics? Then you haven't been paying attention. 

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