1-2-3-4... We Don't Want Your Fucking War!
Looks like Vietnam-style protests are starting to form throughout the nation.
We should start coming up with slogans similar to the vintage 1-2-3-4 chant.
I recall with pride the protests and marches I used to participate in when Vietnam was going on, and I am certainly planning to join in the coming protests in the South Texas region.
Back then, a group called Country Joe and the Fish recorded the ultimate anti-war anthem:
Feel Like I'm Fixing To Die Rag (Next Stop Vietnam)
Come on all of you big strong men
Uncle Sam needs your help again
he's got himself in a terrible jam
way down yonder in Viet Nam so
put down your books and pick up a gun we're
gonna have a whole lotta fun
And it's one, two, three, what are we fighting for
don't ask me I don't give a damn, next stop is Viet Nam
And it's five, six, seven, open up the pearly gates
ain't no time to wonder why, whoopee we're all gonna die
Come on generals, let's move fast
your big chance has come at last
now you can go out and get those reds
cos the only good commie is the one that's dead and
you know that peace can only be won when we've
blown 'em all to kingdom come
Come on wall street don't be slow
why man this war is a go-go
there's plenty good money to be made by
supplying the army with the tools of its trade
let's hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
they drop it on the Viet Cong
Come on mothers throughout the land
pack your boys off to Viet Nam
come on fathers don't hesitate
send your sons off before it's too late
and you can be the first ones on your block
to have your boy come home in a box..."
It's really not much different now.
We entered into Viet Nam because the United States was importing cheap tin and tungsten from South Viet Nam and wanted to keep it coming. The USSR, our bitter enemies at the time, backed North Vietnam just to stick it to us.
Basically, the war started as a North/South civil war. North Vietnam had most of the natural resources and lush farmlands, and South Vietnam wanted a share of them.
Countries like Australia and France passed their involvement on to the U.S.- they knew when to get the fuck out.
The United States lost more than 58,000 souls in the Vietnam war.
Many were my dear friends I still remember fondly.
Some 30 years later, then-Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara admitted in his memoirs that our involvement in Vietnam was a complete mistake.
At the rate we are going in Iraq, we are well ahead of the death toll for U.S. soldiers than we were at this stage of the Vietnam war.
We are quickly equaling the same number of deaths the Saudi terrorists inflicted upon the United States on 9/11, except our precious troops are fighting in a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.
Resident Bush, meanwhile, continues to cavort with the Saudi leaders, never once demanding a whit of accountability from them for sponsoring the worst attack the continental United States has ever endured.
As heavy investors in the American economy, especially the military industrial complex, the Saudis are making billions of dollars off Bush's war with hapless Iraq. So is Dick Cheney's Halliburton Company, which still pays him an annual stipend of $160,000 or more.
Halliburton has been given more than $10 billion in contracts in Iraq, with no end in sight. Cheney stays out of sight most of the time- he hates to discuss Halliburton, especially his continued involvement with them.
When your area gives you the opportunity to march or protest against this illegal, unwinnable war, please do.
Love your country by fighting for peace.
Say no to the Saudis and their hired hand Bush.
Say no to Halliburton serving our troops maggoty meals and selling our troops gasoline at 50 times the local price.
Support our troops. Bring them home.
Oust Bush and his criminal associates.
Say yes to peace.