General Smedley Butler is both the US Army’s most decorated soldier and one of its most capable officers, ever. He spent 33 years fighting successful military campaigns in Latin America and China in the early part of the 20th century.
I think General Butler is a true American Hero not for his sparkling military career but because one day, he obviously woke up and thought — ‘oh shit, what the fuck have I done’?
And at that point, a Road to Damascus moment, if you like, he understood that he’d spent years dealing out death and destruction not to defend America, not for freedom but to further the interests of American corporations and make a bunch of evil perverse and disgustingly rich old men even more disgustingly rich.
This is how he described his activities in 1935 in a magazine article…
“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 to collect revenues in.
I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers.
I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916.
I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903.
In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.
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. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.”
Wow! There’s honesty for you.
General Butler was also very clear about the nature and purpose of war, he even wrote a book about it called ‘War is a racket’….
“WAR is a racket. It always has been.
It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.
“A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.
“A few profit — and the many pay.”
General Butler also had a suggestion to end future wars. His idea was that the next time our psychopathic political and business elite want to go war (to destroy another country and steal its resources), then they, themselves, and their children should be forcibly conscripted to fight in the front-line of that war.
I think that idea would work a treat — I take my hat off to General Smedley Butler, a true American Hero!
Sick of our psychopathic ruling class? Then you’ll like my book of short stories set in an alternative (yet very similar to your own) world where bad people actually get what they really, really deserve…‘When Karma Bites’…