The HBO series “Treme” had a great song on the other night: Shame, Shame, Shame W! It captured my heart, and I knew it would yours:-)
And of this war W led us into based upon a lie, it’s quote-a-palooza Wednesday:
“One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”
“If it’s natural to kill, why do men have to go into training to learn to do it?”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in a final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed—those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending its money alone—it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.”
“The lowest standards of ethics of which a right-thinking man can possibly conceive is taught to the common soldier whose trade is to shoot his fellow men. In youth he may have learned the command, ‘Thou shalt not kill,’ but the ruler takes the boy just as he enters manhood and teaches him that his highest duty is to shoot a bullet through his neighbor’s heart — and this, unmoved by passion or feeling or hatred, and without the least regard to right or wrong, but simply because his ruler gives the word.”
Shame on you, W. Shame on the people behind you, shame on the country that elected you and allowed themselves to be silenced by McCarthy-esque accusations of not being patriots, shame on you.