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A few years back, atarax free sample I was browsing through some books at my neighborhood book store, atarax free sample one of the few remaining of its kind, atarax free sample and I came across a thin paperback, atarax free sample an obvious reprint, atarax free sample of a book authored by a man by the name of General Smedley Butler.  The title of the book - "War is a Racket".   Not exactly a typical title given for a book written by a General of the Marine Corps. Atarax free sample It was one of those books that permanently impacted my perspective on so many things, atarax free sample primarily my entire concept of war and the truth behind such events which have dictated so much of our history.   If anyone would know about war, atarax free sample it would be General Butler.    He has basically been removed from history books, atarax free sample or perhaps was never covered in them to begin with, atarax free sample because he dared to expose a coup attempted on Franklin D. Atarax free sample Roosevelt attempted by a number of banking interests, atarax free sample including JP Morgan himself, atarax free sample  and he was perhaps the first of his kind to lift the veil and expose the reality and truth behind the war machine by sharing his own experience as a General, atarax free sample and as he puts it, atarax free sample being a "high class muscle man for big business". Atarax free sample I found this article today and thought I would post it. Atarax free sample Remembering the lessons of Gen. Atarax free sample Smedley Butler By Bill Wickersham August 23, atarax free sample 2007 At the time of his death in 1940, atarax free sample Maj. Atarax free sample Gen. Atarax free sample Smedley Butler was the most decorated marine in the history of the U.S. Atarax free sample Marine Corps. Atarax free sample He was a double winner of the Medal of Honor, atarax free sample and his book “War is a Racket” was one of the first works describing the U.S. Atarax free sample military-industrial complex. According to writer Ed Roberts, atarax free sample the general, atarax free sample shortly before his death, atarax free sample said: “I spent 33 years in active military service, atarax free sample and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, atarax free sample for Wall Street and the bankers. Atarax free sample In short, atarax free sample I was a racketeer, atarax free sample a gangster for capitalism.” “I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico 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.” “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 in 1902-1912.” “I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the 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.” In the introduction to a Reader’s Digest condensation of “War is a Racket”, atarax free sample journalist Lowell Thomas noted that Gen. Atarax free sample Butler was a strong defender of the U.S. Atarax free sample homeland. Atarax free sample He just didn’t support corporate bullies who, atarax free sample in their greed, atarax free sample were sending young American soldiers abroad to kill or be killed. In describing war as a racket, atarax free sample Butler wrote: “It always has been. Atarax free sample It is possibly the oldest, atarax free sample easily the most profitable, atarax free sample surely the most vicious. Atarax free sample It is the only one in which profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” “A racket” said the general “is best described, atarax free sample I believe, atarax free sample as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Atarax free sample Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. Atarax free sample It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, atarax free sample at the expense of the very many. Atarax free sample Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.” In speaking of the war profiteers of his day Gen. Atarax free sample Butler asked “How many of the war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dugout? How many of them spent sleepless, atarax free sample frightened nights, atarax free sample ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried the bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?” In describing the costs of war, atarax free sample Butler said: “The general public shoulders the bill. Atarax free sample The bill renders a horrible accounting. Atarax free sample Newly placed gravestones. Atarax free sample Mangled bodies. Atarax free sample Shattered minds. Atarax free sample Broken hearts and homes. Atarax free sample Economic instability. Atarax free sample Depression and all its attendant miseries. Atarax free sample Back-breaking taxation for generations and generations.” Regarding the militant call for such sacrifice, atarax free sample he observes: “It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, atarax free sample love of country in ‘we must all shoulder the wheel, atarax free sample’ but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket – and are safely pocketed.” To put an end to the war racket, atarax free sample Gen. Atarax free sample Butler wrote: “You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. Atarax free sample You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Atarax free sample Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. Atarax free sample It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war. Atarax free sample Let the officers and the directors and the high-powered executives of our armament factories and our steel companies and our munitions makers and our ship-builders and the manufacturers of all things that provide profit in war time as well as the bankers and the speculators, atarax free sample be conscripted – to get $30 a month, atarax free sample the same wage as the lads in the trenches get... Atarax free sample Give capital and industry and labor thirty days to think it over and you will find, atarax free sample by that time, atarax free sample there will be no war. Atarax free sample That will smash the war racket — that and nothing else.” Needless to say, atarax free sample Gen. Atarax free sample Butler’s words ring true today. Atarax free sample His prescription should definitely be extended to the “chicken hawk, atarax free sample” neo-conservative war profiteers who got us into the mess in Iraq, atarax free sample and who now claim the right to preemptively attack any perceived enemy on Earth. http://www.columbiamissourian.com/stories/2007/08/23/remembering-lessons-gen-smedley-butler/