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Friday, May 22, 2009

Doug Bandow reflects on Memorial Day


The passing of another Memorial Day should lead to serious reflection. But not just on the heroic sacrifices upon which politicians routinely dwell. Americans should ponder the lies and deceptions used to justify most of America's wars. Americans should consider the tragic disjunction between rhetoric and reality, the fact that most US conflicts wasted American lives for dubious causes. Americans should confront the often shockingly high price paid by the innocent peoples the US government claims to be saving. And Americans should challenge political leaders who insist on threatening new wars, having learned nothing from previous ones.

--from "Heroic Sacrifices for Foolish Causes: Memorial Days Past and Present" by Doug Bandow at http://www.antiwar.com/bandow/?articleid=12919.

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