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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Memorial Day Platitudes Are Not Reality

Jun 7, 2021

More than 100,000 U.S. soldiers died during World War I; more than 400,000 U.S. soldiers died in World War II; the U.S. dead in the Korean so-called conflict and the Viet Nam war also number at least 100,000 together.

And these figures do not include those who carried wounds the rest of their lives from taking part in these wars. And these figures certainly ignore not thousands but MILLIONS of soldiers from countries around the world who also died and were wounded in these wars.

Politicians love to give speeches on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, claiming that all these deaths and wounds were in the cause of “freedom.” And that’s Republicans and Democrats alike, mouthing such lies in every city or town across the U.S.

Here is part of what Veterans for Peace said this Memorial Day:

“We are filled with rage as we continue to watch the empty political platitudes from the two largest political parties praising soldiers and veterans as they continue to send them off to wars that line the pockets of the rich.”