I've reacted to videos like the OP's in these forums before, but it might be worth recapitulating some of that and maybe expanding on it.
In my own very modest way I was an anti-war activist in the 1960s, attempting to get people to stop the war in Vietnam. My very, very small and
limited effort in this regard consisted of passing out flyers on the campus of the University of New Brunswick in Canada. I was verbally threatened
with a punch in the nose by some clown during that process, but like a lot of the sort of people who issue threats like that, this guy folded like a
cheap suitcase when we were face to face.
You might be saying, this guy, ipsedixit, is from Canada, what (wtf) does this have to do with him anyway?
Well, . . . during my first year in university I took a physics course from a newly minted Phd. from Harvard, named Dr. Norman Strax. Dr. Strax was
one of the best teachers I have had in my life. He is one of the two or three people in my life who made a real constructive difference to me. He
taught me to think
That doesn't sound like much, but after you have learned to do it, you make a shocking discovery. You find out that almost nobody else does.
To really understand what I am saying, one would have to know Dr. Strax. He was a man who was still a boy. He was sweet and shy with a sense of fun
and a great enthusiam for physics and for life. He had done an undergraduate degree at Princeton and chuckled about how he had snuck into lectures
given by Einstein, which were way beyond his academic level, simply to imbibe some of the atmosphere of a presentation by the greatest physicist since
He told us about how, as a kid, he had built a lawnmower that would mow the lawn by itself. (Antennae with mercury switches were involved.) We did
interesting experiments in class, calculating the mass of the earth, using a metal ball that rolled down an incline, etc, etc. We used Einstein's
famous equation (E=MCsquared) and got a course that was more fun and more current than the one given to first year engineering students.
Cutting into all of this was a relentless corrosive force. The Vietnam War and the social unrest in the United States that accompanied it.
Dr. Strax didn't really march to the tune of the military industrial complex. He was really spooked by what was going on in the States and it started
to eat away at him, taking the joy out of him.
Political activism, the obligation of political activism in the circumstances, pushed Physics and academic concerns away from the center of his life,
onto the periphery. He organized a couple of busloads of students from our university to go to Washington for a big demonstration in 1967. (Wikipedia
Dr. Strax started to get into trouble with the university administration. He was too serious for them. He was too politically hip and too moral and
honest. He wasn't a salaud
, or "stinker", in Sartre's term for the comfortable middle class, and they were
To make a long story short, he raised hell on campus and got thrown out of the Physics Department. There was a court case and a guy named Tom Murphy,
who was president of the Student Christian Movement got thrown into jail for criticising the court judgement.
Dr. Strax eventually had what was probably a nervous breakdown and "went native". Eventually he went back to the States and got a job at a small
college in the midwest and had a career and a life and a wife and some happiness before eventually dying of cancer, years later.
His fate wasn't like losing a limb in Iraq or having your home smart bombed in Afghanistan, but it wasn't what his life should have been or could
Another friend, a Marine Corps deserter from Cleveland, blew his brains out in an alley in Toronto in the early 1970s. I couldn't stop it. I tried,
but I didn't try hard enough. Now I am on ATS.
America has a disease.
Many Vietnam vets now realize that. Many Iraq war vets realize it. Many Afghan vets realize it.
Getting to the root causes though . . . nobody is doing that. Almost nobody. Read Jim Marrs's book, Rise of the Fourth Reich
Germany was beaten in WW2 . . . but the Nazis weren't beaten. They shape shifted and dispersed. They had friends in America, powerful friends who had
helped them before, during and after the war. Friends who shared their opinions about the value of human life and the need to dominate the globe.
These people have hoodwinked Americans and hijacked the American agenda. They have force fed Americans with stupid amusements and imaginary phantom
Wake up America, please. Stop supporting slick liars.