Sunday, 3 November 2013

There are only two things we should fight for

In 1935, a 51 page book entitled ‘War is a Racket’ was published by Round Table Press.  Written by Major General Smedley D Butler, who was one of the most decorated soldiers in American history and twice recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, it instantly became one of the most significant anti-war works of the 20th century.  It described the mechanisms of war, identified those who profit from conflicts, and possible means to bring the racket to an end.

"Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents," Smedley D Butler
In the lead up to Remembrance Day, we intend to upload extracts from each of the five chapters from ‘War is a Racket’.
We at Sign for Scotland believe that this book should be in every school and library in Scotland and we hope that this series of blogs will, in some small way, increase awareness of the issues General Butler raised and the possible solutions he proposed.
“I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers.  There are only two things we should fight for.  One is the defence of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.  War for any other reason is simply a racket.”  Smedley D Butler
Part 1 - War is a racket
Part 2 - Who makes the profits?
Part 3 - Who pays the bills?
Part 4 - How to smash this racket!
Part 5 - To hell with war!

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