My name is Gerry Binder, I'm a Vietnam veteran and I belong to STAND FAST, a group of Australian veterans and ex-military personnel who are opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Let's look at a few dots and see how they all join up very nicely indeed...
The first dot is Major General Smedley D.Butler (awarded two Congressional Medals of Honor), who served with the US Marine Corps 1898-1931.
Here's a brief excerpt from a speech he gave in 1933:
War is just a racket. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.
I spent thirty-three years and four months in the Marine Corps. During that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.
I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military.
I helped make Mexico safe for American oil interests in 1914. - - I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys. - -
I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. - - I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. - - I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. - - In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.
During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
Keep in mind that this was one of America's most senior and highly decorated officers of the time.
Pity we don't have such honest generals in our military...
The next dot is Vietnam:
February 1950: (years before the Americans invaded the place...) The New York Times wrote this: “Indo-China is a prize worth a large gamble. In the north are exportable tin, tungsten, manganese, coal, lumber and rice, rubber, tea, and pepper. Even before World War II, Indo-China yielded dividends estimated at $300 million a year.”
1951: A State Department adviser said, “We have only partially exploited South-East Asia’s resources. Nevertheless, South-East Asia supplied 90% of the world’s crude rubber, 60% of its tin and 80% of its copra and coconut oil.”
1953: President Eisenhower said “when the United States votes $400 million to help the French Indochina war, we are not voting for a giveaway program. We are voting for the cheapest way that we can retain the ability to get certain things we need from the riches of the Indo-Chinese territory, and from southeast Asia.”
1954 - The Vietnamese people spoke... At Dien Bien Phu... And the French were chucked out, and Americans began their take-over. And a decade later we had the war we had to have.
1975 - The Americans were thrown out. - But not before three million Vietnamese had been killed for daring to stand in the way of America's global resource-stripping agenda.
The next dot is the IRAQ WAR... Oil.
And the last dot is the AFGHANISTAN WAR... Oil and gas.
Those dots join up very nicely, don't you think?
As you can see, the U.S. has been busy plundering the globe's resources for over 100 years. They've even invented a sarcastic name of it. They call it "free trade".
And in the last 50 years, Australia has been only too happy to lend them a hand.
But I say - it ends NOW !!!
By the way, I think there are better ways to fight terrorism than blowing the crap out of whole populations. That just kills a lot of innocent people and produces many more terrorists.
I think there's only one thing left to say... TROOPS OUT NOW !!!