On Memorial Day, I believe that each of us should ponder facts that pertain to our country. Santayana stated: ” Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. ”
I try to learn something new and valuable each day. I never considered that my five university degrees made me smarter or wiser than the average. Rather I believe that my degrees provide me with an opportunity to study and learn new things. Yet I believe that all people regardless of educational level or age can learn new things if they make the effort.
I recently learned that during World War II, the U.S. avoided bombing the Emperor of Japan and the Imperial Palace. Douglas MacArthur, who became Supreme Commander after World War II, worked to avoid trying any members of the Imperial Family for War Crimes in spite of evidence that at least two members of the Imperial Family were guilty “beyond any reasonable doubt. ” I suggest that Americans should ponder this on Memorial Day.
The last war that was legally declared was World War II, when congress declared war on Japan and then on Germany. Only congress can declare war for the U.S. I suggest that Americans should ponder this on Memorial Day.
The Stuxnet computer ” worm-virus ” was developed jointly by the U.S. CIA, the U.S. NSA, and the state of Israel. The main target of this computer virus was the nuclear program in Iran. This act of war against Iran was not authorized by congress. I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.
The U.S. has drones, pilotless aircraft, that are armed with very deadly rockets. These drones have been used to kill people in foreign countries. Many Constitutional experts in America believe that this type of warfare is prohibited under our Constitution. Will these drones be used in the future to kill Americans? I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.
While the present congressional crooks continually demand more and more investigations about Benghazi, it is interesting that there has never been a serious congressional investigation into the USS LIBERTY incident. On June 8, 1967, Israeli armed forces attacked this American ship in International waters. The attack killed 34 American servicemen and injured an additional 171 Americans serving our country. Israel stated that the ship was mistaken for an Egyptian ship. Sane and sensible individuals do not believe that the attack was a mistake. The USS LIBERTY was flying an American flag and Israeli aircraft flew over the ship for hours before the attack. I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.
The electronic media in the U.S. continually terrorize Americans by stating that Iran may someday obtain a nuclear weapon. Yet, the same media never mention that Israel has nuclear weapons. Israel is a nuclear armed country not recognized as a nuclear weapons state by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. This Orwellian doublespeak is an open invitation to Israel to use their nuclear weapons against other countries. Also this Orwellian doublespeak is a statement that International Laws that apply to other countries need not apply to Israel. I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.
When the U.S. left Viet Nam, there were about 2,000 American deserters living in and around Sai Gon and another 500 living in the Da Nang area. It was easier for Americans to think of our deserters as MIA’s. Of course, there were real MIA’s and our country has worked to bring their remains home. I suggest that Americans ponder this on Memorial Day.
I have a deep respect for all Americans who served their country honorably and died for our freedom. I wish that I had the same respect for our incompetent congressional crooks and our last two totally incompetent presidents.
R. Van Conoley