The Greenback Beret

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Is
it wrong to commit murder? Yes. Is it wrong to take a human life
in the defense of an innocent life? No. Is it wrong for a country
to wage unjustified and aggressive war against another country?
Yes. Is it wrong for a country to wage a purely defensive war to
protect the lives and property of its citizens? No.

Since
WWII, the U.S. has fought unconstitutional (undeclared), unjustified
(the US was never attacked), immoral and aggressive wars in Korea,
Vietnam, Grenada, Panama and, now, twice in Iraq. What has been
the result of all of these unjustified wars? These wars caused the
deaths, suffering and maiming of tens of thousands of American soldiers
and the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent foreign civilians.

Who
benefited from all these wars? Our ruling oligarchy and all their
cronies reaped enormous profits and political power from all these
wars.

The
founders of our country established a republic – not an empire.
It is a truth of history that healthy republics tend to shun wars
of unjustified and naked aggression but that empires openly embrace
them.

The
U.S. Congress and all U.S. soldiers swear to uphold and defend the
Constitution (our most basic law) against all enemies foreign and
domestic. Why, then, have they allowed U.S. presidents, since Truman,
to usurp unconstitutional powers and drag this country into one
unjustified and aggressive war after another? The answer to that
question, I’m sad to say, is this; The U.S. is no longer a healthy
republic of laws and sober deliberation but has degenerated into
an unlawful, immoral, brutal, despotic and aggressive empire instead.

Sergeant
Barry Saddler wrote the song The Green Beret. What makes men like
him glorify fighting and dying for an evil empire that is wholly
opposed to the cherished American ideals of life, liberty and the
pursuit of happiness? Are they really that ignorant of the truth?
Maybe, if he and others in the military weren’t so blind to the
gross sins of our current ruling oligarchy, they would finally take
a truly honorable, moral and principled stand. They would absolutely
refuse to participate in any more wars of ungodly aggression. They
would tell that gang of homicidal maniacs up in Washington to go
to hell!

Of
all people, Sergeant Saddler should have realized this; he was deceived.
He was used and abused by a very cunning, powerful and evil elite
for their own despicable ends and purposes. As a fair, merciful
and stern warning to future generations of fellow would-be cannon
fodder, I wish that Sergeant Saddler had composed these words of
truth instead:

Fighting
mercenaries from the sky
Clueless men who jump and die
Men who mean just what their masters say
The duped men of the Greenback Beret

Chorus
The Empire’s wings are upon their chests
These are men The Establishment’s impressed,
One hundred men they’ll fool today
But only three get a Greenback Beret

Trained
to obey their master’s every command
Trained to kill in every land
Men who fight for nothing right
Don’t think too deep, you’re a Greenback Beret

Chorus
The Empire’s
wings are upon their chests
These are men, The Establishment’s impressed,
One hundred men they’ll fool today
But only three get a Greenback Beret

Back
at home a young wife waits
Her Greenback Beret has met his fate
He has died for those who oppress
Leaving her a gasping last request

Chorus
Don’t put The Empire’s wings on my son’s chest
Don’t make him one of The Establishment’s impressed,
May God forbid, he’ll be fooled one day
And be sacrificed as a Greenback Beret

Song
ends with a voice monologue

“War
is a racket. It always has been. Is possibly the oldest, easily
the most profitable, surely the most vicious.” ~ General Smedley
Butler (USMC)

September
28, 2005

Henry
A. Clemens [send him mail]
is an engineer and a native son of the South.

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