The media and government will try and morph the message of remembrance into generalized patriotism. With 200,000 troops in active war zones, the urge to recruitment is overwhelming. Neverthe-less, this is our military “Day of the Dead” when we salute the dedication of those who fought and died for our flag and fortune.
Perhaps, however, we ought to ponder not only the sacrifices, but the causes and results of all those battles.
Considering both our revolution and the second British war of 1812 as having been forced upon us, and thereby justified, America’s record of war for gain is unmatched, even by the fading empires of Euro-colonialism. Spurred on by illegal alien agitators from the U.S., Texans rebelled against their Mexican overlords and then hid behind lady liberty’s skirts while they invaded and annexed the lush northern territories of the then French nation. We called this “manifest destiny” and celebrated it as a major advance for democracy and a continent-wide nation.
We took on the Spanish again at the end of the 19th century, inheriting Puerto Rico, the Philippines and a remote naval coaling station at the southwest tip of Cuba at Guantanamo Bay. The early years of the twentieth century saw Marines fighting throughout the Caribbean, creating and defending puppet governments from Haiti and Nicaragua to Venezuela and the Duvalier regime in the Dominican Republic. These “Banana Wars” continued through the Reagan years and are still continuing in Mexico, disguised as drug wars but challenging the central government from Chiapas to the northern border.
These days the body bags are returning from Kabul and Baghdad, where our all volunteer forces are toughening up under fire and becoming the worlds largest and toughest military, for future use around the globe. There will be no shortage of new graves to decorate in coming years.
As we pause to remember the fallen, we should recall what they died for and if it was worth the price they paid.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.