WAR IS BUSINESS…

US War Profiteering: Coup de grâce to the sanctimonious ‘American Dream’ hyperbole.

Nothing captures the essence of ‘war as business’ better than the satirical brilliance of War Inc. (2008). Corporate sponsorship of war (depicted in the film) may seem far-fetched, but the industrial military complex of our current reality is proof that this far fetched notion is disturbingly accurate. Perhaps, serving up the truth with a side order of satire helps to make the unspeakable reality of wars for profit (in spite of human devastation) easier to stomach. But, off screen, the harsh reality doesn’t end when the credits roll.

Funding contrived, perpetual wars in the name of greed… is the new American way. Our leaders (past and present) sell the notion of war by exploiting the villain, victim, hero frames deeply embedded in the psyche. The ever looming threat of terrorism (fueled by metaphors of fear) provide the necessary level of political brainwashing to gain supporters. Soon, the war mongering puppet masters execute murder-for-profit contracts, written in blood.

Support war or suffer the consequences-opposition will be labeled treasonous, unpatriotic, or un-American. But, anti-war activists are immune the tactical framing and political brainwashing of the war mongers.

They see contrived war for the scam it really is…war profiteering fraught with waste, fraud, and abuse.

Governments offer up the human sacrifices to fuel the war profiteering machine. Stop the machine. Know the truth.

“There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” — Howard Zinn

Interesting reads/Sites:

http://antiwar.com/

Commission on Wartime Contracting Report

http://www.fff.org/comment/com1109j.asp

http://www.warresisters.org/warprofiteers

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/08/29/5989/windfalls-war-pentagons-no-bid-contracts-triple-10-years-war/

http://costofwar.com/en/publications/2011/ten-years-after-911/department-defense-budget/

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/08/31/5992/windfalls-war-pentagon-buys-choppers-russia-equip-afghan-iraqi-militaries

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0884224/

http://www.commondreams.org/category/broad-topics/militarism/war-profiteering

http://www.warprofiteering.net /

http://www.thenation.com/article/blackwater-founder-implicated-murder

http://iraqforsale.org/

http://october2011.org/

http://www.imdb.com/company/co0079035/

Labor Day

The world is agreed that labor is the source from which human wants are mainly supplied.-Lincoln

Labor Day honors the contributions of working men and women to America’s
social and economic life.

Q: When was Labor Day first celebrated in the United States?

A: After the first Labor Day in New York City, celebrations began to spread to
other states as workers fought to win workplace rights and better working
conditions and wages at a time when they had little power.

In 1893, New York City workers took an unpaid day off and marched around Union
Square in support of a national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal
troops were called into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against the
Pullman railway company and two workers were shot and killed by U.S. deputy
marshals.

In what most historians call an election-year attempt to appease workers after
the federal crackdown on the Pullman strike, shortly after the strike was
broken, President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making the first Monday
in September Labor Day and a federal holiday. Cleveland lost the election.

Q: When did Labor Day become a national holiday?

A: After the first Labor Day in New York City, celebrations began to spread to
other states as workers fought to win workplace rights and better working
conditions and wages at a time when they had little power. In 1893, New York
City workers took an unpaid day off and marched around Union Square in support
of a national Labor Day. The following year, 12,000 federal troops were called
into Pullman, Ill., to break up a huge strike against the Pullman railway
company and two workers were shot and killed by U.S. deputy marshals. In what
most historians call an election year attempt to appease workers after the
federal crackdown on the Pullman strike, shortly after the strike was broken,
President Grover Cleveland signed legislation making the first Monday in
September Labor Day and a federal holiday.

Q: Who founded Labor Day?

A: That’s a matter of dispute among historians. Some say Peter J. McGuire,
general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder
of the American Federation of Labor, first suggested a day to honor workers.
Others credit Matthew Maguire, a machinist who served as secretary of the
Central Labor Union in New York.

Q: Is Labor Day just about unions?

A: No. The U.S. Department of Labor describes Labor Day this way: “It is a
creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic
achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to
the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being
of our country.”

Ref: http://www.aflcio.org/upload/laborday2011/index.html?continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aflcio.org%2Findex.cfm