Read before enlisting!

By José M. López Sierra – Puerto Rico


By 1935, United States (US) Major General Smedley Butler, the most decorated soldier at that time, wrote a book entitled WAR IS A RACKET, about how the US uses war to make profit for its oligarch.

The forces of evil, instead of being abroad, were within the US. Butler testified before the US Congress about a plot to overthrow President Franklyn D. Roosevelt. A group of US oligarchs wanted Butler to lead that coup, because they did not want to pay for President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” that helped all Americans. The US government never did anything against the coup plotters.  

US President Eisenhower also tried to warn Americans in his final address to the nation about the evils of the US’ oligarchs. He spoke about the Military Industrial Complex, and how that threatened US’ democracy. Few people paid attention. Please click on this link to watch his 1961 speech:

Recently, a US airman set himself ablaze in order to protest against the genocide in Gaza. The war in Gaza and Ukraine are the US oligarchs’ attempt to continue to use wars for their profit.

Today, these oligarchs are anxious to go to war against the People’s Republic of China. It is important to note that 90% of Chinese are satisfied with their government, while only 33% of Americans are satisfied with ours. Who then is the real champion of democracy?

China has already eradicated her poverty, despite having 4 times the US’ population. The US, in stark contrast, still has 38 million Americans living in poverty.

The US claims to support Taiwan’s inalienable right to self-determination and independence, as a pretext for a war against China. For those who may not be aware, the US has consistently refused to comply with 42 United Nations’ resolutions demanding that it immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans!

Half of the people who enlist in the US military do so to pay for their future education. The US, unlike most industrialized nations, does not provide its citizens with free university education.

US oligarchs have put Americans in a Skinner box. We have been conditioned to accept their program, whereby 9 of the 10 richest men in the world are US citizens.

We are the only ones who could stop the racket of war!   

Jose M Lopez Ismael

Nací en NYC. Me mudé a Puerto Rico en el 1980 donde eventualmente me convertí en independentista al ver que PR no se administra para los boricuas. Me retiré tempranamente de la pedagogía para luchar 24/7 por la descolonización de Puerto Rico a través de marchas pacíficas anuales y empujar a la ONU hacer su trabajo. Necesitaremos un tsunami de gente protestando permanentemente para obligar a USA a cumplir con la ley internacional que prohíbe el coloniaje.

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