On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

poppies-leavesArmistice Day, as it is called in Britain, in once again upon us. The day where we are called upon to remember the “glorious” dead of the Great War, the war that was supposed to end all war. Now it has become the day on which to honor all the fallen heroes of the wars that came thereafter.

The guns fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh of November 1918 signaling the end of the up to then bloodiest war which involved a great part of the world and which in Britain was called the Great War. It was also meant, as said above, the war to end all wars. But ever since we have had more wars, including another World War, the second one, that cost the lives of millions upon millions. Still no peace.

On Armistice Day we are no no longer honoring just the “glorious” dead of the Great War, now also known as the First World War, but those the Second World War, of the Korean War, a numerous other wars and conflicts eve since that war that was supposed to end all wars.

Now, at this very moment, almost one hundred years after the end of the Great War, we are, as far as NATO is concerned, preparing a new war by going on a confrontation course with Russia with somewhere in the region of 300,000 troops, including British ones, being stationed just about three to five miles away from the Russian borders in the Baltic States and in Poland. They just could not get more stupid.

Are we – or better the elite – mad? The answer to this question must be a resounding “yes, very much so”. But then it is not they themselves that have to make the sacrifice. Nay, it is the little man, as always. The elite will sit safely tucked away in their bunkers deep under ground while others have to die for the cause that they have decreed to be right. Oh, but the soldiers will get medals and honors, if but posthumous.

And the civilian dead? The men, women and children, the old and the sick? Well, that is collateral damage.

Russia is not our enemy. The Russian people and Russian soldiers, sailors and airmen are not our enemies. The politicians and the elite of our neoliberal or neoconservative (same side of the same coin) capitalist “western” world, who are hellbent on world domination, with the United States in the lead, they are our enemies. Those are the enemies that we have to fight and defeat.

© 2016