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05/05/04 Quotes From a Few Good Marines…

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(TMPress International – New York – May 07, 2004) – Quotes From a Few Good Marines … Gen. Smedley Butler’s confession, in 1935, a two-time Medal of Honor winner, retired former U.S. Marine Commandant, Gen. Smedley D. Butler accused major New York investment banks of using the U.S. Marines as racketeers and gangsters to exploit the peasants of Nicaragua. Later, Butler stated, `The trouble is that when American dollars earn only six percent over here, they get restless and go overseas to get 100 percent … the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.' `I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to defend some lousy investment of the bankers … we should fight only for the defense of our home and the Bill of Rights … war for any other reason is simply a racket.' `There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to.` `It had its ‘finger men’ to point out enemies, its ‘muscle men’ to destroy enemies, its ‘brain men’ to plan war preparations and a ‘Big Boss’ – supernationalistic capitalism.’

Separately from Butler … sound familiar … history has a funny way of repeating itself and this is the 1930s, when comments like this came from our top brass!

Now continuing with Butler … `I spent 33 years in the Marines. Most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism. `I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenue in. I helped in the rape of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. `War is a racket.' – General Smedley Butler, former U.S. Marine Commandant, `Common Sense' in November 1935.

And another more recent Marine Commandant … `I believe that if we had and would keep our dirty, bloody, dollar soaked fingers out of the business of these (Third World) nations so full of depressed, exploited people, they will arrive at a solution of their own. And if unfortunately their revolution must be of the violent type because the `haves' refuse to share with the `have-nots' by any peaceful method, at least what they get will be their own, and not the American style, which they don’t want and above all don’t want crammed down their throats by Americans.' – General David Sharp, former United States Marine Commandant, 1966.

Finally let us examine a newer conversation with an ex-Marine who served with Reagan's so-called `Contras’ all during the 1980s – 1990 … a talk by John Stockwell, 13-year veteran of the CIA and former U.S. Marine Corps major, `Systematically, the Contras have been assassinating religious workers, teachers, health workers, elected officials, government administrators. Remember the ‘Assassination Manual’ that surfaced in 1984? It caused such a stir that President Reagan had to address it himself in the presidential debates with Walter Mondale. They use terror to traumatize society so that it cannot function. `I don’t mean to abuse you with verbal violence, but you have to understand what your Government and its agents are doing. `They go into villages. They haul out families. With the children forced to watch, they castrate the father. They peel the skin off his face. They put a grenade in his mouth, and pull the pin. With the children forced to watch, they gang-rape the mother, and slash her breasts off. And sometimes, for variety, they make the parents watch while they do these things to the children. `This is nobody’s propaganda!' `There have been over a hundred thousand American `Witnesses for Peace' who’ve gone down there, and they have filmed and photographed and witnessed these atrocities immediately after they’ve happened, and documented thirteen thousand people killed this way – mostly women and children. `These are the activities done by the Contras … the Contras are the people who former President Reagan called ‘freedom fighters.’ He said … `They are the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.' – Major, John Stockwell, 13-year veteran of the CIA and former U.S. Marine Corps major.

Well the point is mostly mute, if you know your third-world history and US involvement there … and you can pick-a-country … `Pre-emptive War’ and clandestine operations are not new, Iraq, Panama, Grenada, Guatemala, Chile or Vietnam … the result is the same … death and war crimes perpetrated by US military and allied forces – how many have ever faced International justice? – By John Osborne, Sr. Political Editor – TMPress International Newswire

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