Speak Out: War is a racket
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Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, two-time Medal of Honor recipient, wrote “War is a Racket” in 1935. His arguments are as sound today as they were then as we consider invading Syria and Iran, guaranteeing just as much death and destruction as U.S.-led forces wreaked on Afghanistan and Iraq.

Butler wrote, “WAR is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”

A wonderful complement to Butler’s essay is “The War Prayer,” by Mark Twain, 1904.

Readers might also reread Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863, and the passage “that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

All are on the Internet and worth reading and somber reflection during the days after Nov. 11 memorializing the end of the world war.

I join Butler, “So ... I say, to hell with war!”

Joe Boyett
Montgomery
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