War is a Racket, that’s the title of a classic written by General Smeldley Butler, written in the nineteen thirties but still as relevant today as it was then. In it he starts with the statement that war ‘.. is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.” and that “Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many.” War indeed is a racket and this hasn’t changed in the years since Butler wrote this.
What is a racket? According to the online dictionary it is “A dishonest business or practice, especially one that obtains money through fraud or extortion.” According to Butler a racket is “something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people.” Let’s take for example some recent wars we were involved in. The war against ‘terror’, our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. The casualties of these wars combined go into the many hundred thousands, possibly over a million. That’s like annihilating two thirds of Manhattan in retaliation for 9/11 where nearly 3000 people died. A ration of 1:333. One has to take time to take this figure in.
The closest thing we come to in comparison in the past is to the way Nazis responded when one of theirs was killed. But even the destruction of Lidice where 199 men were executed is still far off the 1:333 margin. The reaction of the US to 9/11 is worse than what the Nazis did when it comes to retaliation. We have to ask ourselves, who is the real terrorist here?
War is a racket because we are deceived by it each time. Those who stand in the way of the few to have their way are removed. Those who threaten to expose the lies of governments and powerful organisations are removed.
John F Kennedy was a president who was a threat to the war machine and those powerful few who didn’t want the Vietnam war to stop because it filled their greedy pockets with riches beyond measure. War is good for business and woe to you if you dare to interfere. It’s all about the money which is the reason why money crimes can carry more severe penalties than violent crimes like physical abuse, paedophilia and even murder. It’s all about protecting the interests of the few against the many.
The war in Vietnam was a racket, a deceptive war that was supposed not to end soon in spite of all the rhetoric contrary to it. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan also is a racket to secure oil fields and pipelines for massive future profits. Butler is right when he says : “Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes”.
22nd of November was the fifties anniversary of Kennedy’s murder, a victim of the this racket, where the public has been deceived all these years about what really happened. The official story is that Kennedy was properly assassinated by a conspiracy and yet the media still spins it as if it was a lone-nut who killed him. The U.S. House of Representatives stated in their report in 1979:
- I.C. The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The committee was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy
Another thing that has been kept very quite from the public is that a similar assassination attempt on Kennedy was planned for his tour in Chicago but was exposed in time and arrests were made. Kennedy was informed about it. What is striking about it and possibly why it was kept out of the public eye is that it was a very similar setup including a Patsy like Oswald Lee Harvey, a guy named Gilberto Policarpo Lopez, who also was a former defector and in contact with a small pro-Castro group called the Fair Play for Cuba Comittee (FPCC). If this had succeeded it would be Gilberto who everybody would be talking about as the lone-nut who killed the president.
Like Butler said, a racket is something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. The way this racket has been kept up for now over fifty years shows how well the military block and the few in power have learned to play this game. No matter how obvious the truth stares into the public face the lies are repeated over and over again with the support of much of the media. The more the lies are repeated the more the people will believe it, but not always. The public is not that stupid and have kept those few on their toes all these years to come up with more and more contrived explanations to explain all the inconsistencies in the story about the assassination.
Here some facts that prove that Harvey Lee Oswald is innocent of the crime of killing Jack Kennedy:
1. Witness Testimony of having seen Oswald after the crime drinking Coca Cola. The timings of when these were witnessed do not allow for Oswald to have had time to do the shooting.
2. The weapon identified to have been used to shoot Kennedy was a Mauser Rifle, Oswald possessed a Mannlicher Rifle. The Mauser Rifle was identified as such by Debuty Sheriff Eugene Boone, Officer Weitzman DPD (an expert on rifles), Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig (… I was standing next to Weitzman who was standing next to Fritz. And we were no more than 6 to 8 inches from the rifle and stamped right on the barrel of the rifle was “7.65 Mauser … (Savage, JFK: First Day Evidence, 162).
3. No Fingerprints could be matched, a palm print was allegedly being taken but proved to be unlikely.
4. Oswald tested negative for nitrates on his right cheek, which makes it unlikely he fired a weapon.
5. “Backyard Photos” that showed him standing with a rifle were proven to be a forgery.
6. Recent advancement in technology not available at that time have shown that Oswald was telling the truth. Psychological Stress Evaluation (PSE), as opposed to the classic lie detector tests, are admissible in court. Using Oswald’s recorded voice it could be established that he was telling the truth about his innocence.
War is a racket and those who dare to get in the way are taken out. Any president who dares to stand up to the military block has to watch out or he might face a coup d’detat like the one in 1963.
Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned about the military complex and the danger it poses if it is not checked:
Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.