posted on Nov, 2 2006 @ 08:00 PM
Some words from RFK on war...he's speaking about Vietnam, but it rings true for the situation today in Iraq as well:
Excerpts from speech at Kansas State University: March 18, 1968...
"I do not want - as I believe most Americans do not want - to sell out American interests, to simply withdraw.....That would be unacceptable to us as
a country and as a people. But, I am concerned - as I believe most Americans are concerned - that the course we are following at the present time is
deeply wrong.....I am concerned - as I believe most Americans are concerned - that our present course will not bring victory; will not bring peace;
will not stop the bloodshed; and will not advance the interests of the United States or the cause of peace in the world.
I am concerned that, at the end of it all, there will only be more Americans killed; more of our treasure spilled out.....
....If we examine the history of this conflict, we find the dismal story repeated time after time. Every time - at every crisis - we have denied that
anything was wrong; sent more troops; and issued more confident communiques. Every time, we have been assured that this one last step would bring
victory. And every time, the predctions and promises have failed and been forgotten, and the demand has been made again for just one more step up the
But all the escalations, all the last steps, have brought us no closer to success than we were before. rather, as the scale of the fighting has
increased.....[Iraqi] society has become less and less capable of organizing or defending itself, and we have more and more assumed the whole burden
of the war.
And once again, the President tells us that....."we are going to win" and "victory is coming."
This comes from a book I am reading called "The Gospel According to RFK - Why it Matters Now" edited with commentary by Norman MacAfee. Later in
the book, RFK gives another speech where he tells the country that we should learn from Vietnam and make sure we never have another one. Well, we
didn't learn did we? Or at least, the current administration did not learn from our mistakes in Vietnam. What they did learn from Vietnam, however,
is there is a lot of money to be made from such a war and from continuing such a war.....and the only cost is the blood of our own troops.
John Kerry may have screwed up recently when he made his comment about the "uneducated" being the ones fighting in Iraq. What exactly did he say?
If you don't go to college, then you will end up in Iraq? Something like that , right? Well...he wasn't far off. Some of this country's poorest
peoples (and don't kid yourself...we have a lot of poor people in this country) don't have a lot of choices with what to do with their lives. If
they can't afford an education, they have the choice of either working menial jobs for low wages or joining the military and trying to get an
education by that route. Most of the people we have fighting over there are from this group...let's not kid ourselves!
No one should be over there fighting this farse of a war that is only happening to make the rich richer and the politicians they own richer as well!