In 1901, novelist Mark Twain wrote about the aftermath of the war for the Phillipines:
We have robbed a trusting friend of his land and his liberty; we have invited clean young men to shoulder a discredited musket and do bandit's work under a flag which bandits have been accustomed to fear, not to follow; we have debauched America's honor and blackened her face before the world.
What Twain wrote is much your thoughts here, Terry. My father would likely have agreed as well—And he was a veteran of three wars. Drafted as a teen for WWll, war again as a reservist for Korea he stayed in until after a final deployment to Vietnam and then he retired in 1971. He became disillusioned. He saw the abuse of military force for no good cause, the needless loss of young soldiers and the harm done to civilians. (He adopted a orphan at the end of a hardship tour to Korea 1967, a four year old girl, my sister Meg, who brought our total of children to nine.)
He drank a lot.
I have regard for young men and women who serve for ideals. But l have contempt for cold blooded aggression and underhanded subversion that spill blood for power.
I was raised around the military. I was raised to believe in a God that blessed some wars. But what we humans are doing on earth is sick.
There is unarguable evidence of criminal intervention by the USA in Nicaragua and the Congo. Criminal, immoral, irresponsible —l understand why the U.S. would not join the World Court. The actual government records of those CIA crimes are available IF PEOPLE WANT THE FACTS as you say.
Other predations of the US from earlier times noted: the Mexican War in 1848 to take land (Not to mention the genocide of native people) and the pocketing of Phillipines by slaughter. And more. And more.
The idea that any person or any nation can pretend they stand on moral high ground after destabilizing other countries and murdering their people is silly. The US is a super power for sure. But it is not honest about how it does it’s business.
The U.S.A. is no worse than many other governments. Many are worse for sure. But once l learned that our government lies to us about who, why and how the US is attacking and how it treats the blood of its citizens—l do not believe, don’t trust in the rightness of my government. I don’t automatically genuflect at a declaration of war. Blood should count for good if you have to spill it.
I am glad you brought this up, Terry. You struggled to do the right thing and went to prison and f—ked away years with the JWs. It’s hard to figure this stuff out. I think so,
My dad did the best he could to figure it out too. He survived all that war—and survived the alcohol by leaving it alone after a time. That stuff tore him down but he moved on. We are moving on too. We move away and don’t justify a wrong path we took.
It’s a tough topic. But it is good to be clear about what facts are. And good to face them.