Thoughts, Video & Quotes On Memorial Day 2012

Could it be that we have lost the true cost of war as we morn its dead ~ could it be that flowers and flags can never justify the inhumanity of war ~ could it be that all wars are lost because there are no true winners and lastly why are we continuing to justify our current illegal occupations by falsely calling them wars. In wartime, everything is done to subvert the force of love but in the end ~ only love prevails:


by Allen L Roland


Here are some thought provoking quotes and serious thoughts to mull over on memorial Day 2012 but first let’s have a reality check and watch a must see Real News video of Larry Wilkerson discussing the National Defense Authorization Act that recently passed the Senate giving the president the power for indefinite detention without trial ~ which Wilkerson correctly asserts is a draconian violation of our rights. 7 minute video

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Wilkerson correctly calls this “another step on the road to tyranny“ and also shares that the Defense (War) Department “now is completely in control of over two thirds of our intelligence facilities.”

The founders of our Republic were seriously opposed to handing this much military power over to the executive branch, fearing tyranny. If enacted into law, this provision will make Obama a dictator who can wage war anywhere and without the consent of the American people and it’s duly elected Congress. Events in the past have warned of the danger of an out of control war making machine ~ which we most certainly have at the present time.

Here’s a short video clip showing how every major war in US history was based on a complete fraud, lie or false flag ~ with video of the insiders themselves admitting it. This includes the battleship Maine, Sinking of the Lusitania, Gulf of Tonkin, USS Liberty but not the yet to be admitted 9/11 cover up. 8 minute video

President Eisenhower most certainly warned us about the out of control military/industrial complex but here is a 21st century updated thought provoking warning by Joe Rogan that War Is indeed a Racket ~ with X rated but effective language, so be fore warned. Nine minute video

When people say “support the troops” but aren’t fighting to bring them home and keep the criminals who run these wars and occupations in check, I wonder how serious they are about helping anybody. Others have expressed the same doubts about the futility of war;

“We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we do about peace – more about killing than we do about living.” ~ WWII General Omar Bradley

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers”Jose Narosky

“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore (individual citizens) have the duty to (refuse to obey) domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” ~ Nuremberg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

“We must kill them in war, just because they live beyond the river. If they lived on this side, we would be called murderers.” ~ Blaise Pascal (17th century mathematician and philosopher whose father lost his entire savings because of France’s national bankruptcy caused by the debt incurred during the religious Thirty Years War)

If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.” ~ The Duke of Wellington (celebrated for being the victorious British general at the Battle of Waterloo, June 1815)

I confess without shame that I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for more blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is Hell.”~ Civil War Union General William Tecumseh Sherman who orchestrated the infamous scorched earth policy that terrorized the Confederacy in his “March to the Sea” in 1864.

Every ambitious would-be empire clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it! …

If America ever does seek Empire, and most nations do, then planned reforms in our domestic life will be abandoned, States Rights will be abolished ~ in order to impose a centralized government upon us for the purpose of internal repudiation of freedom, and adventures abroad.

The American Dream will then die ~ on battlefields all over the world ~ and a nation conceived in liberty will destroy liberty for Americans and impose tyranny on subject nations.” George S. Boutwell – (1818-1905) American statesman, Secretary of the Treasury under President Ulysses S. Grant

All that was required of them (i.e. the brain-washed masses) was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because, being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.” ~ George Orwell 1984

And of course, the mass media more than plays its role in promoting and selling these larger evils or so-called wars and occupations for the benefit of the Military/Industrial complex.

In other words, no mass media promotion, no war.

Howard Zinn (1922-2011) shows how CNN and other “news” outlets cheer lead the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and other atrocities. 5 minute Video:

Only love can reach the common taproot beneath the primordial necessity to kill because love and the urge to unite is not only deepest within ourselves ~ it is also the driving force of evolution and we resist it at our peril.

And this is the truth that shall set everything ablaze; The basic underlying and uniting force of the Universe is a psychic energy field of love and soul consciousness ( the Unified Field ) which lies not only beyond time and space but also beneath our deepest fears ~ and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite.

The June 1995 issue of Scientific American featured an article titled The Arithmetic’s of Mutual Help in which it shared that computer experiments conclusively show how cooperation rather than exploitation can dominate in the Darwinian struggle for survival … ”In the course of evolution, there appears to have been ample opportunity for cooperation to have assisted everything from humans to molecules. In a sense, cooperation could be older than life itself. “ And what else but love and this innate urge to unite could be older than life itself.

But I am not alone in singing this song of innate connectedness, love and hope.

Chris Hedges, award winning human rights journalist and peace activist, makes this same point in his interview with Sarah Ruth Van Gelder in the Winter 2005 edition of YES Magazine:

SARAH:In your book, you say, “Lurking beneath the surface of every society, including ours, is the passionate yearning for a nationalist cause that exalts us … the kind that war alone is able to deliver.” That yearning suggests that we’re always going to be either at war or on the brink of war. Do you see any forces that can temper that tendency? “

CHRIS:The only force that is powerful enough to subvert the force of war is love. Love is never organized. Love is always individual love. Love is a force that is built between two human beings. In wartime, everything is done to subvert that force.

I don’t know that there’s an organized force that can stand up to the allure of war, which gives us a sense of empowerment ~ allows us to be part of a cause, to ennoble ourselves, to rise above our small stations in life.

The need to find meaning like that, I think, is an indication of the huge deficit of our emotional life. In conflict after conflict, those who are able to remain sane, who were never able to hate the perfidious enemy (who, in places like the Balkans, were often their neighbors), were those who had good relationships, those who were in love.” See article

So in wartime, everything is done to subvert the force of love ~ but in the end only love prevails because it lies deepest within ourselves and we resist it at our evolutionary peril.

So on Memorial Day 2012 ~ let us honor those who have died, let us heal the countless wounded and let us take the necessary action to stop these illegal occupations, masqueraded as wars ~ which are actually mockeries of freedom and liberty.

About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at


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12 Comments for “Thoughts, Video & Quotes On Memorial Day 2012”

  1. As always, we’ll hear a lot of talk on Memorial Day…but very little of it will come from actual combat veterans.
    Here’s one from a World War II veteran that speaks his mind about the reality of war.

    • Thanks very much. This 14 minute talk is truly exceptional. I have forwarded it to family and friends. Thanks also for the 6 minute video link above (by Roger Young posted at informationclearinghouse) which I also enjoyed and forwarded to friends earlier. Your quotes in your article are also impressive (and invite re-reading). All in all an exceptionally sage presentation! Thanks again.

  2. Allen – The best article of yours here to date, in my view. War is the scourge of humanity. Those who promote it rationalize that it has always existed historically. In my lifetime I have watched a populist peace movement develop that did not exist when I was in my teens during the Korean War era. Peace activists of the 1960’s and 1970’s became my personal heros. War criminals now in charge may shortly face an upsurgence in anti-war sentiment as their tactic of instilling fear fails among decent people who have little else to lose. I would like to think that the love ethic is developing in mankind. Thank you for this superb article.

    • Thanks, Stuart. The love ethic is indeed developing in mankind, but it works slowly from individual to individual ~ and eventually it will destroy the war ethic but it won’t be a painless transformation.

  3. Excellent. Loved Rogan’s video.

    Many special people were lost in Vietnam; and I had the privilege of rooming with one of the most special. They need honor and remembrance.

    And, government leaders who promoted wars on false pretenses and/or profited need remembrance for shame and dishonor. LBJ belongs at the top of that list, and if the second half of The Secret Team by L. Fletcher Prouty is consistent with the first, the CIA belongs there as well. [And, other recent books implicate both in JFK assassination.]

    We owe that to the fallen and the country. No spin should be able to cover the perfidious truth. As for current wars, Senators and Congressmen should know that a hall of shame and perfidy is well overdue.

  4. Since the beginning of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, heroin use has skyrocketed here at home and worldwide.
    Geraldo Rivera says we ‘tolerate’ their culture of opium cultivation, but Lieutenant Colonel Brian Christmas, speaking of the opium growers, says, “…we provide them security, we’re providing them resources.”
    Someone out there is going to say I’m taking this ‘out of context’, well, no, I’m putting it IN context.
    Cheap high grade heroin can now be bought for $5.00 dollars a packet by school kids across the US.

    Here it is ~ Opium Wonderland Afghan Style…
    10 minute must see Video:

  5. Preston James, Ph.D

    Superb article. Many thanks for telling it like it is. This is a very important article.

  6. The fact that the inclusion of the “Rogan video” must include an obligatory disclaimer “X-rated language” is the SIGN that reads “THIS is WHAT is wrong with Amerika”? Lanuage (TRUTH) is MORE offensive to the “average sheeple sensiblilities” (or complete lack thereof) than the murderous ACTIONS and LIES that Rogan’s language describes.

    Keep cleaning our “psychological house” Allen, ‘IT’ is one long neglected MESS.

  7. If the War dead could speak, they would cry out ~ Never More, Never More !

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