I don’t often quote Bible phrases but it’s all I could think of that seemed appropriate for addressing the veterans on their ‘day.’
Smedley Butler is rolling over and over in his grave because he gave us the warning that war is a racket but it never made it into the textbooks and rarely into the churches so most of the soldiers never had a chance to grasp the concept.
“WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”
I don’t want to call the vets names but don’t those who use them for their own purposes refer to them as patsies, pawns and puppets? Useful idiots is very derogatory but I think they are called that too. Heck, the system can’t even be bothered with keeping up with the body parts that get blown up in our latest profiteering in Afghanistan. Respect for the dead and their families is not a very high priority.
Mortuary officials at Dover were charged with improperly sawing off an arm bone from the body of a Marine killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2010 in order to fit his remains in his uniform for viewing before burial. The family was not asked about removing the bone.