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Monday, November 18, 2013

“Please DON’T THANK ME for my service” ─ Veteran Andrew Larkin

“No Glory in War”
Excerpt, minor edit by Carolyn Bennett

“War damages everything associated with it: ● Not only the sailors and soldiers but the civilians including the children ● Not only the body but the mind and the spirit. 

“Glorification of war becomes support for more war, for accepting the easy violence of war ─ instead of the difficult peaceful resolution of human problems.
Afghan deadWar's endless sufferersPeople of Afghanistan

“… Veterans Day ceremonies perpetuate a myth of fear that we have created for ourselves and that we have allowed our false leaders to impose upon us. 

“We invent myths of defense against those we fear ─ instead of living truly free.

“We perpetuate fear to maintain fantasies of victory and glory and nostalgia for the oxymoronic ‘good war.’ 

We spend $trillions and kill and injure millions of people;

We sacrifice our own people and our people’s needs [for] fantasies of glory, [for] perpetuation of fear.

“War, if it continues, will bring down a nation built by generations of hard-working, dedicated people — a long collapse to be caused by economic and moral bankruptcy, and by the anger, envy and spite of people around the world.

Injury compounded by insult

Please don’t tell me

War's endless sufferers - People of Iraq
‘thank you for your service’ because that is revolting to me. 

“Instead, thank others for their services to your true freedom:  the creators, growers, healers, preservers.

“As a veteran I might participate in the ceremonies if I could display my opposition to war at those ceremonies; but I cannot because many would be angered, not enlightened, not persuaded.  I would be told, without embarrassment, that ‘freedom isn’t free.’ Even [my] words written here will permit many to indulge their anger.”

War's endless sufferersPeople of Vietnam
Andrew Larkin is a Vietnam-era veteran “as are [his] friends and brothers,” he says. His father, uncles and an aunt were World War II veterans; a great uncle was stationed on a battleship during World War I; a great-grandfather, an immigrant in an Illinois regiment, fought in the Civil War and sustained a bullet wound that caused him to suffer for “the rest of his life.” Andrew Larkin is also Emeritus Professor of Economics at St Cloud State University (Minnesota) and writes for PeaceVoice.

Sources and notes

“No Glory in War: Reflections on the Day from a Veteran” November 11, 2013, by Andrew Larkin, NCVeditor; Category: Guest Author, Politics, newclearvision.comhttp://www.newclearvision.com/2013/11/11/no-glory-in-war/

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