Six million people have died at the hands of the US war machine since WWII, as America celebrates militarism on Memorial Day.
That figure is a conservative estimate and includes civilians and soldiers, says the Washington Posts's John Tirman, who in a 2012 column wondered why we don't commemorate those war dead or even acknowledge them. He calls it "less oversight than habit." I'd accept that and add that we also have a habit of not considering foreigners as really being people, but then he may be less disgusted by it than I am.
Jeff Bachman, writing in The Hill two years later, acknowledged our lack of memory, too.
"Such callous disregard for the lives of others simply cannot be
justified when one considers the unequivocal fact that the United States
is by far the most militarily active nation in the world."
He says we've been at war continually in the Middle East since 1980, and during that time every president has initiated some kind of military action there.
And I'd add that to the Bush massacres in Iraq and Afghanistan Obama has added Libya, Syria and Yemen. More hundreds of thousands dead, three more countries destroyed.
So happy Memorial Day, and remember that this continues unabated and with our acquiescence, and please, join me in trying to stop it. Thank you.