“It is no use trying to escape their arrogance by submission or good behavior. Robbers of the world, having by universal plunder exhausted the land, their drive is greed. If the enemy be rich, they are rapacious; if poor, they lust for domination. Neither rule of the East nor West can satisfy them. Alone among men, they crave with equal eagerness poverty and riches. To plunder, slaughter, seize with false pretenses, they give the lying name ‘empire.’ And where nothing remains but a desert, they call that ‘peace.’ ” – Tacitus, The Agricola and the Germania (analyses here, here)
All of our families sacrificed through two world wars in the century we were born. What sacrifices did your family make that we should honor today in our thoughts, words, and actions?
For my family, both grandfathers were in the US military for WW1:
- My father’s father stated, “I don’t tell war stories.” My father said his dad fought in trench warfare.
- My mother’s father was stationed in Paris as a pneumatics engineer for transport trains’ braking systems’ maintenance and repairs. He told stories of great food and French women.
For WW2, my father, only uncle, and wife’s father were in the US military:
- My father was on the younger side (born 1927), trained as a tank driver, and did not have his unit deployed. Other trained units with him engaged in the Battle of the Bulge (~90,000 US casualties, ~19,000 killed).
- My mother’s older brother was an officer. When my two brothers and I would ask about the war, he only said, “Boys, you don’t want to know, and I don’t want to tell you.” My mother said that his brother’s hair turned white from the war, and he returned with PTSD behaviors.
- My father-in-law was a combat field medic. My wife says she believes he was wounded on seven different occasions during the war. For certain, the last was from German machine gun fire with seven bullets going through both legs that left him disabled for life.
For US war on Vietnam, my parents gave as much of the following one-paragraph history that they knew, advising my older brother to not enlist in such a war. From my assignment for high school history and government students on critical thinking:
After the “War to make the World Safe for Democracy,” Ho Chi Minh’s petition for a democratic Vietnam was denied by the victors of WW1. Vietnam remained under France’s dictatorship for economic and political colonial domination. The US supported Minh during WW2 in his guerrilla warfare against Japan, only to deny his petition for Vietnam’s independence at the end of the war. The US paid for up to 80% of France’s military costs to keep Vietnam enslaved by the French. The US supported the cancellation of an election in Vietnam when it became clear that Minh’s socialistic economic plan was more popular than a Western-friendly leader. The Vietnam War exploded with SecDef McNamara’s contrived reporting of the Gulf of Tonkin incident; (25) manipulated intelligence at best (26) in first light, but then manipulated into an outright false-flag attack. The war escalated with unlawful invasions and attacks in Laos and Cambodia, dropping more bombs than from all sides of WW2 combined on a country smaller than California that killed perhaps 10% of their civilian population, ~3.5 million. The government’s stated goal at the time was to “defeat communism” by winning the hearts and minds of civilians while we killed over 1,000 civilian children, women and the elderly daily through high-altitude bombing. The war killed 58,000 Americans, and only ended through massive US demonstrations.
After each world war, the US led creation of treaties to make wars illegal: the Kellogg-Briand Pact and UN Charter make armed attacks on another nation unlawful unless in response to armed attack by that nation’s government. Under Article Six of the US Constitution, a treaty is our “supreme Law of the Land;” meaning that no order can compromise a US active treaty.
These treaties are therefore US Constitutional Law, a requirement of the US Constitution, demanding US military to defend from their Oath of Enlistment: “defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Basic training includes instruction to refuse unlawful orders, with officers authorized to arrest those who issue them. The most important unlawful order to recognize is to deploy for OBVIOUS unlawful war.
Importantly, all “reasons” given for war to Americans, our military, and the world are now disclosed by US official documents as known to be false as they were told. Of 248 armed conflicts since WW2, the US started 201 (81%), killing ~30 million human beings; more than killed by Germany in WW2.
All of our families sacrificed through two world wars: if there’s one law that Americans should know as least as well as rules of their favorite sport, it’s war law.
US military JAG authors/attorneys explicitly state on page 6 that war is illegal unless a nation is under attack from another nation’s government, or can provide evidence of imminent threat of such attack:
“Anticipatory self-defense, whether labeled anticipatory or preemptive, must be distinguished from preventive self-defense. Preventive self-defense—employed to counter non-imminent threats—is illegal under international law.”
As many in alternative media have reported for years, the US was not attacked on 9/11 by another nation’s government, and the US explicitly stated they had no evidence of any imminent threat of attack. Indeed, when all “reasons” for US wars are now known to be lies known to false as they were told, and disclosed by official US government agencies’ official documents, there appears to be no more ridiculous claim of “lawful orders by a US president” than any order associated with current armed attacks.
If these wars centering in war and money are to end, it will be from public removal of consent, expressed in numerous and creative ways. To achieve this stage, it seems the precursor stages must include recognition of war law, and that these wars are not even close to lawful. The removal of consent for unlawful war would arrest/stop the wars (more on arrests here).
Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.
Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu
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