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Saturday, May 26, 2007

Memorial Day - A Time For Change

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have fallen in American wars but it is also a time to reflect and question. It is a day to lament the systematic loss of so many valuable, loved members of our community over the last century and during the beginning of this new one. That so many deaths have not added up to a change in American war policy is telling. Tragically, the American economy is based entirely on the practice and production of war. It has become our primary export. Policy mistakes have been repeated, over and over again for decades. Why should we continue to err in favor of generational wars? It is time to correct the disastrous foreign policies of a succession of entrenched plutocrats. Memorialize the dead - end organized, mechanized violence.


I tossed an
d turned every night. My dreams were filled with images of the young men I'd seen every day at Ft. Sam Houston. Once strong, handsome, and full of life, they'd returned from Vietnam missing limbs, disfigured, and eaten from the inside out by the devils of PTSD. I did not want the child growing in my womb to be a boy. I could not bear the thought of raising a son just to have him snatched from my arms by the American War Machine.

Did Mary Cheney suffer such fearful dreams during her recent pregnancy?


Years later, my nights were sleepless once more. Despite all that I taught him, the recruiters had convinced my son to Be All That You Can Be in the Army. The thread that connects so many mothers and sons, the invisible umbilical cord, was in my case knotted with fear for well over a decade while my son served in various combat zones overseas. My eldest son survived his fourteen year stint of obliging the Masters of War but he has vomited daily since serving in Iraq during Gulf War I. He's undergone two surgeries on his ankles, and is awaiting a second surgery on his shoulder. I sleep better now but he doesn't. Night terrors from PTSD keep him awake into the wee hours.


Will Mary Cheney and her partner mother, Heather, spend long nights sick with fear after their son's enlistment at the age of eighteen?

My grandfather fought with the Canadian Black Watch during WWI. He died years after the "War to End All Wars" of mustard gas caused lung damage and from the alcohol that he used to deaden the horrors he dreamed every night. My father glided into The Battle of the Bulge to fight the "Good War". He never talked about the war but it spoke loud and cle
ar through the anger he carried for the rest of his life.

The World Wars of the twentieth century were massive conflicts propagated by speculators, bankers, and arms manufacturers whose desires for profits surpassed their already questionable humanity. All of the American wars during those turbulent, deadly one hundred years, were created by a handful of powerful, wealthy operators both here and abroad. However toxic for the victim populations, militarism proved to be so lucrative an investment that the upper classes were immediately addicted.

Samuel Bush, Patriarch of the Bush Family War Profiteers and greatgrandfather of liar-in-chief, George W. Bush, was famous for his opportunistic participatio
n in WWI. He did not however, serve his country: he served himself. Samuel Bush was notorious for the manufacture and sale of 75% of the arms used in battle by both sides during the Great War. Samuel Bush was known as
The Merchant of Death.

Another Sam, Samuel David Cheney, born a week before Memorial Day 2007, is the grandson of "The New American Century's" Merchant of Death, Vice President Dick Cheney.


Militarism, like fascism, spread like wildfire from the 1920s through the 1940s. WWII sprang from the ashes of WWI. A brigade of corporate Death Merchants rose in America ready to advance a "New World Order" by supporting Mussolini, Franco, and the Nazi regime.

Materials, products, political and financial support were provided to the fascist movement by William Randolph Hearst, Joseph Kennedy, Charles Lindbergh, Allen Dulles, John Rockefeller, Andre Mellon, Allen Dulles, Prescott Bush, National City Bank
, ITT, DuPont, General Electric, Standard Oil (Exxon), IBM, US Steel, Alcoa, Dow Chemical, Bayer Co., and Detroit's "Big Three" Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler to name just a few of those on the roster of fascist Americans. Roosevelt's government attempted to end the corporate "aid to the enemy" from the states but the profitable aid was continued by transacting through third world countries.

My Dad worked in the auto factories in Detroit before
he rode a glider in to fight the fascists in Europe. Ironically, he faced enemy driven vehicles, powered by engines produced by his former employer. How equally twisted, that 45 years later, his grandson would face an enemy in Gulf War I, who was armed with American weaponry and computer technology.

It is also ironic that the smiling grandfather in the above baby picture is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of teen-aged soldiers, children, and yes, even babies. I do not care that the Vice President's grandson, Samuel David Cheney, was born to lesbian mothers. Most gays make wonderful parents. What I care about is Mary Cheney's politics. She supports the destructive neoconservative policies of her father.

Now that she is a mother, will Mary stand up for the children of
her nation who fight in these manufactured conflicts, while plutocrats like her Dad suck up billions? Will her son, Sam, serve the American Empire on its battlefields? Will he lose his life, his limbs, or his mind in a war his grandfather or other family members instigate and profit from? Would he then, like so many others, be denied full medical and mental health treatment for his war injuries? Will Sam end up in a military cemetery like this one...

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or will he send others to die while he carries on his granddaddy's deadly business?

Perhaps motherhood will wake Mary from her comfortable slumber. There were babies born in Iraq on May 23, 2007, too - what of their lives? Eight more American boys and girls died during this last week in Iraq. What of their lives, and the lives of their families?

Millions of men and women have died in corporate wars for plutocratic profits.

Make this Memorial Day a day of change. Work toward peace.

STOP THE WAR PROFITEERS! STOP THE CARNAGE!

MAKE MILITARY CEMETERIES OBSOLETE!


MEMORIALIZE THE WAR DEAD - END ORGANIZED, MECHANIZED VIOLENCE

....Create and Keep Peace....
... Kitchen Window Woman ...

14 Comments:

Anonymous JollyRoger said...

My MIL was urging my son (something of a lazy type) to enlist in the military.

I informed her that unless she was willing to give her "golden boy" favorite grandson the same advice, I'd better not hear about it happening again.

"But I was talking about the Air Force!!!" was her reply.

It pains me that she (a Chimpleton, BTW) knew nothing of the thousands of Air Force personnel being impressed into the Army. It disgusts me that she doesn't understand that I consider swearing an oath to obey Chimpy to be abominable. Yes, I enlisted, but that America WAS NOT this America. I'd drift homeless forever before I'd sign up now.

Thankfully, La-Z-Boy is now cleaning pools for a living. It pays well, and he's not cannon fodder for the Commander in Chimp.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

kww...

Mary Cheneys baby will end up with Draft deferments if the draft is ever restored..

He will be like his grandfather Dark Lord Dick {Goebbels} Cheney sending other peoples sons and daughters to die so he can continue to stay wealthy.

The only thing that will stop these Fascist Nazi's will be the gallows for all of them. The world needs to put the fear of God in anyone who would do what they do for a living.

Maybe then we can end the Death Merchants.

God Bless.

9:11 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Jollyroger...
The military needs to be redesigned entirely from the bottom up. Its purpose needs to be reexamined and the rights of the individual soldier redefined. Hitler could not have done what he did without an army (and financial support from American fascists).

I am glad that your son is cleaning pools. It is much better than having his life destroyed by Bush and Cheney.

Anon-paranoid...
Mary's dad, Dick, had five deferments. He is a Chickenhawk. He supported the Vietnam War but felt he should not have to fight in it.

Gallows? I'd settle for impeachment and prison at hard, unpleasant labor. Prison lasts longer.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Shrink Rat said...

Dear Kitchen Window Woman,

You answer the question 'why?' with 'plutocrats'. At least so it appeared. You never mentioned the PNAC, Bilderbergs, Carlyle's, CFR, Trilateral Group. Perhaps you should. But you very aptly stated:
"The World Wars of the twentieth century were massive conflicts propagated by speculators, bankers, and arms manufacturers whose desires for profits surpassed their already questionable humanity. All of the American wars during those turbulent, deadly one hundred years, were created by a handful of powerful, wealthy operators both here and abroad. However toxic for the victim populations, militarism proved to be so lucrative an investment that the upper classes were immediately addicted."

To our dismay.
dr rdw

7:00 PM  
Blogger Gordon said...

Most excellent, KWW. Thank you.

9:15 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Great post once again Kitchen Window Woman. I really liked what jollyroger had to say during his comment.

Your post hits home with a lot of American's, I just dont understand how we can continue to allow this President to hijack our children, our brothers and our sisters to fight his war, why dont he just enlist his own children to help in what he believes in so much.

That's not asking for too much from him, since it's no too much to ask of American children.

9:25 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Your post gives me chills, KWW!
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

I did some posting recently about images I remember from Vietnam, kids I knew who came back severely disturbed.

Memorial Day is a good day to honor those who survived war and those who did not...
and to do everything we can to stop the warmongers and the violence.

Their children are not the ones who have to pay with their lives, bodies, and minds. They protect their children.

Yesterday we went to the zoo to demonstrate for impeachment and an end to war (quite a receptive audience by the way)...
Today I'll help set up Arlington West to memorialize the lives of our children who paid with their lives for Bush's war.

4:15 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

As always, well thought out, informative and eloquent. I'm proud to know you KWW.

d.

7:22 AM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Another wonderful post KWW. Thanks again for being a eloquent voice for sanity and truth.

People like to think that they are serving their country by joining the military, and that is honorable, however, the real truth is that they are serving the interests of the plutocrats that you have written about. Major Col. Smedley Butler wrote in depth about this in his seminal work "War is a Racket" See http://www.warisaracket.org

For the most part, the elites have the modes of propaganda which gives them the ability to spew their lies unhampered. (I am always amazed to see that maniac Glenn Beck on every night with the same message: "Iran's going to nuke us unless we act first" crap.) But, the one thing we have going for us now is the internet, and it looks like more and more people are turning off the corporated "news" and going to get their information from the web.

It's a beautiful thing and an example of true democracy by the people.

peace...

11:44 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Shrink Rat...
Hi, I'm aware of PNAC and have written quite a bit about them in the past. I am familiar with the Carlyle and Trilateral Groups but have not as yet run across the Bilderbergs and CFR. Enlighten me please.

My focus in writing this piece was the profiteering from manufactured wars through the generations. All of those wars could have been avoided! It just makes me sick! I'd like the American people to wake up instead of endlessly mouthing the "They're fighting for our freedom" slogan. Freedom has nothing to do with it but it makes for great propaganda.

Gordon...
I wanted to tell our family's story because I felt it was a story shared by thousands of other American families. It is the Bush and Cheney family stories that differ. We simply have to stop this endless cycle of profitable violence.

Let's Talk...
Jollyroger has a way with words and is a noble defender of American democracy. Bush and those of his ilk however, are parasitical blood suckers who have been draining the American people dry for generations. George W. Bush cares not for our children but he will protect his own.

11:44 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

bluegrrrrl...
We missed you at Arlington West.

We enjoyed the zoo photos. What a good idea - the Bush Chain Gang at the San Diego Zoo!

What you wrote for Memorial Day is both poignant and powerful.

I feel that we must memorialize but also have to examine just how the tragedy of these wars came about and then do everything possible to prevent the same errors from being repeated with the same dreadful results.

deuddersun...
Good to hear from you again. I hope you are well. I'm proud to know you, too!

redpill8...
I just got Smedley D.Butler's book, War Is A Racket. It is an eye opener.

I don't watch Glenn Beck - I figure it is better to use my time wisely.

I think that we should teach classes on propaganda to help Americans become better citizens by enabling them to identify American-styled propaganda. If Americans were on propaganda alert it would be much harder to set up political moves like the war against Iraq.

The internet is in danger of take over by large phone and cable companies. If you haven't already go to savetheinternet.com/airways and sign the petition.

12:48 PM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

I will sign the petition, but I won't get my hopes up too much. Money seems to be the only thing congress listens to anymore (but, perhaps, threats do the job just as well).

BTW, I watch these rabid madmen (and women) on Fox, MSNBC and CNN, not because I am masochistic, but precisely because it is propaganda, and it can tell you a lot about what the propagandist are thinking and how they want to frame the debate.

Remember the babies being thrown out the incubators in Kuwait? Manufactured propaganda by a PR firm, Hill & Knowlton.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well hey as long as we are talking.....

I as life long mentor,I have washed a dish or two with this wonderful woman. Although my words and spelling are ...should i say not up to par....! I still walk in my life and what is so cool is this woman still looks out her window! Maybe watching to see if I came home in one .....well you know what i mean peace?.The Kitchen Window Woman Can back her words...She has been there! She knows what it means when one "Hallars" "heads down" then the bees fly......we've been there and back.......many times! with love LLTF mACmaC

ps has anyone seen my wee-da-do??

3:28 AM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Hello, kww, everything ok? We miss you. Just so ya know, not everything ya write has to be NYTimes qualified. A casual hello will suffice.

Hope all is well.

Best wishes to you and yours.

d.

5:17 PM  

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