Refuse To Celebrate July 4th Militarism

From the Archive:
Militarist Bunkum, May 19, 2014
Did you know that 85 to 90 percent of war’s casualties are non-combatant civilians? That is the conclusion reached by a nine-person research team in the June 2014 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. The deaths of soldiers who are fighting the war are a small part of the human and economic cost. Clearly, wars do not protect the lives of civilians. The notion that soldiers are dying for us is false. Non-combatants are the main victims of war.
Keep that in mind for July 4th, which is arriving in six weeks.
July 4th is America’s most important national holiday celebrating American independence from Great Britain. On July 4th, 1776, America’s Founding Fathers declared that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer colonies but an independent country in which the Rights of Englishmen would prevail for all citizens and not only for King George’s administrators. (Actually, the Second Continental Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, and historians debate whether the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4 or August 2.)
In this American assertion of self-determination citizens of Great Britain were not allowed to vote. Therefore, according to Washington’s position on the votes in Crimea and in eastern Ukraine – the former Russian territories of Donetsk and Luhansk – America’s Declaration of Independence was ‘illegitimate and illegal.’

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on July 4, 2016.

90% of All Deaths In War are CIVILIANS

The United States is responsible for 41% of the worlds total military spending. The next largest in spending are China, accounting for 8.2%; Russia, 4.1%; and the United Kingdom and France, both 3.6%. . . . If all military . . . costs are included, annual [US] spending amounts to $1 trillion . . . . According to the DOD fiscal year 2012 base structure report, The DOD manages global property of more than 555,000 facilities at more than 5,000 sites, covering more than 28 million acres. The United States maintains 700 to 1000 military bases or sites in more than 100 countries. . . .

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