Immemorial Day - No Peace for Militarized
By Bill Quigley
May 26, 2008 by CommonDreams.org
War Memorial Day is not actually a day to pray for
Congress which created Memorial Day says: 'Requesting the President to issue a proclamation designating May 30, Memorial Day, as a day for a Nation-wide prayer for peace.' (64 Stat.158).
Peace today is a nearly impossible challenge for the
dramatically reduces its emphasis on global military action, there will be many, many more families grieving on future Memorial days.
The U.S. has about 700 military bases in 130 countries world-wide and another 6000 bases in the US and our territories, according to Chalmers Johnson in his excellent book NEMESIS: THE LAST DAYS OF THE AMERICAN REPUBLIC (2007).
The Department of Defense (DOD) reports nearly 1.4 million active duty military personnel today. Over a quarter of a million are in other countries from
Hemisphere. The DOD also employs more than 700,000 civilian employees.
efforts outside the
While the focus of most of the Memorial Day activities will be on
casualties. 'We don't do body counts,' General Tommy Franks said.
Most people know of the deaths in World War I - 116,000
By World War II, about 408,000
1947-1949 Greece. Over 500
1947-1949 Turkey. Over 400
1950-1953 Korea. In the Korean War and other global conflicts 54,246
1957-1975 Vietnam. Over 58,219
1958-1984 Lebanon. Sixth Fleet amphibious Marines and U.S. Army troops landed in
1965-1966 Dominican Republic.
1983-1991 El Salvador. Over 150
1989-1990 Panama. U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy forces invade
1991 Gulf War. Over 500,000
2001 to present
2003 to present
84,000 civilians killed.
interventions. If Memorial Day in the
[Bill is a human rights lawyer and law professor at Loyola
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