What to Remember This Memorial Day

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I remember when I learned as a young man that the Vietnam war was not something noble nor righteous.  That it really had little to nothing to do with any sort of benefit to the Vietnamese people.  That in effect, the primary beneficiaries were corporations who profited mightily from it.  Back in those days a less controlled media saw the demonstrations and anti-war sentiment as newsworthy as anything the government had to say.  Consequently, anti-war sentiment led to an end to the carnage.  The Pentagon Papers and learning the truth about the fabricated Gulf of Tonkin incident further confirmed the contrived nature of the war.

On this Memorial Day I hope many realize fighting a contrived war, killing and being killed in the service of lies, is not an effort to be desired.  Throughout history how many times have the common people, in many countries, around the world, not seen the lies?  Because the lies were well orchestrated and came from the people holding offices and titles we were taught to have trust in, to have faith in.  How easily we can be misled by those who control the offices and communications our nation relies upon to keep functioning.   Those who do not remember history are forced to repeat it.

We need to teach critical thinking and the civic duty that we all have to question those in positions of power, their motives, their assertions.  Those wishing to abuse us understand the advantages of obtaining offices of power from which to conduct their schemes.  That is not to say all who seek such offices wish to implement schemes which will abuse our trust, impair us in one way or another.  However, the reality is that many who seek such offices do have desires of such a nature.   That has been a peril facing humankind for all of recorded history.  Our time is no different.