Memorial “Daze”: Nightmares of Empire

by Phillip Faruggio / May 31st, 2010

German army invaded and occupied Poland. Many soldiers were killed. The
Japanese invaded and occupied Nanking and Shanghai. They had many
soldiers killed. The same for the British when they occupied India and
Palestine. The local populations did not wish to be occupied by
foreigners, especially ones with loaded guns pointed at their faces.
The Indians of the plains did not take well to our Calvary and forts.
Many of our young troops were slaughtered at Little Big Horn, because
they were seen as invaders. The people of Germany, Japan, Britain, America mourned those soldiers killed while occupying foreign soil, and rightly so. Yet, to honor them does an injustice to the victims of their occupation. Why? Well, in all the above instances, those nations illegally occupied the countries mentioned. So, to honor a soldier that is used for such heinous acts is an injustice to both the memory of him and the memory of the victims of such assaults.

I find it strange that, now, 2010, my town (and countless others) has decided to construct a Veterans Memorial in
our city center. What they are doing is to take those who fought for
defense of our nation in WW2 and bundle them with those who were used
to extend our empire in Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan.
All those brave young men (and women) were shipped to those places to
fight not for our defense or liberation, rather to keep this newest of
empires churning.

We now have over 780 military bases in almost 100 countries. I ask,
how would you like it if the Chinese had a military base in your town?
How would you like to see Chinese troops, tanks, weapons, all staring
in the faces of your family, friends and businesses? You know you
wouldn’t like it…. And you shouldn’t want it. Well, what about those
citizens being occupied? Are they less human than you? So when a town
decides, during the height of not one, but two major US illegal
occupations in Afghanistan and Iraq, to build such a memorial, I
question it.

Over 4000 of our young kids have been killed in Iraq. Now the focus
shifts to Afghanistan, where they are dying as well. Not to mention how
many of the other soldiers lose legs, arms, eyes, genitals, and their
minds (check out the skyrocketing suicide rates) during these
occupations. Then, those of you out there who still maintain some sort
of humanity, turn your attention to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi
and Afghan civilians destroyed by our army and air force! The drinking
water supplies ruined, electrical grids not functioning, hospitals
under equipped and understaffed, food shortages, crops and arable land
destroyed… Depleted uranium slowly sucking the life out of tens of
thousands. Need I go on? All for lies and empire!

So I say, you wish to put up memorials? Great idea. How about a
memorial for all the victims of aggression and oppression, which
includes our brave young soldiers? You see, to simply wave that flag,
or wear it on your lapel or car, is not enough. To read the names of
the dead soldiers is not enough. There needs to be a shift in
consciousness by our neighbors and our community. People need to
understand that our towns and cities are broke because nearly 50% of
our federal taxes go to pay for War Spending a.k.a. Defense Spending.
As long as our fellow Americans accept that and say nothing… The empire
continues to eat up the world and itself!

Anthony Faruggio is a free-lance columnist, environmental sales rep,
and organizer of the ProActivists of Volusia. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Phillip.

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