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Friday, May 22, 2009

Laurence M. Vance reflects on Memorial Day

Every U.S. soldier who died in Iraq died for a lie. They may have died for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, the U.S. global empire, the U.S. government, the military-industrial complex, or Halliburton, but none of them died for the American people or our freedoms.

If they died for a lie, then the liars should be held accountable. But don't look for Congress to do anything. How can we expect a Congress that continues to fund this war to hold the Bush administration accountable for its lies? Every member of Congress that continues to vote to fund this war is complicit in these lies. How many more dead American soldiers and billions of dollars will it take before Congress finally says enough is enough? How many American soldiers not currently in Iraq who are enjoying this Memorial Day holiday will be sent to Iraq to die for a lie before the next observance of Memorial Day?

-- from " Dying for a Lie" by Laurence M. Vance at http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance80.html.

Note that Vance wrote this on Memorial Day, 2006. Three years have come and gone; uncountable peace demonstrations have come and gone; uncountable anti-war articles have come and gone; more Americans, Afghans, Pakistanis, and Iraqis have been killed and maimed; more American, Afghan, Pakistani, and Iraqi treasure has been wasted; two major national U. S. elections have come and gone; yet nothing has changed.


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