Veterans Affairs estimates that 18 American soldiers/veterans commit suicide every day. More will kill themselves in one year than our enemies killed in the past 10 years.
But the real enemy is greed.
Wall Street makes obscene profits from military weapons. The U.S. produces more weapons than the next seven leading arms-manufacturing nations combined. Our war industry is a vast network of corporations including America’s most iconic companies: General Electric, Boeing, DuPont. To sustain war profiteering, Wall Street controls both Congress and the White House, using them to propagate perpetual war.
Our brave soldiers do not share Wall Street profits. Now thousands of America’s finest return from combat that shattered their lives, and the lives of hundreds of thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan who just want their own countries back. The national wealth that paid for their training gives little for their healing.
I write this on Memorial Day, a day we remember the fallen.
Let us not remember war’s glory. That is fake memory. Let us remember war’s horror: how it lies, how it fattens the rich with the blood of the poor, how it ruins the soul as well as the body.