More Sordid Tales From Zinn City: Emma Goldman and Mark Twain Speak Out on American Imperialism.
Feminist and Anarchist Emma Goldman gives her take on the Spanish-American war, many years afterward:
“How our hearts burned with indignation against the atrocious Spaniards!…. But when the smoke was over, the dead buried, and the cost of the war came back to the people in an increase in the price of commodities and rent- that is, when we sobered up from our patriotic spree-it suddenly dawned on us that the cause of the Spanish-American war was the price of sugar…. that the lives,blood,and money of the American people were used to protect the interests of the American capitalists.”
And this from Mark Twain, circa 1900:
“I bring you the stately matron named Christendom, returning bedraggled,besmirched,and dishonored from pirate raids in Kiao-Chou, Manchuria, South Africa, and the Phillipines, with her soul full of meanness, her pocket full of boodle, and her mouth full of pious hypocrisies.”
With the exception of WWII (and even that war was a golden opportunity to extend our sphere of corporate interest) every single war, “police action”, and military intervention has been about making corporations wealthier while our soldiers kill or be killed under the pathetic guise of patriotism. Only the names and locations of our “enemies” change; the motive remains the same.
Tin foil props to Howard Zinn, and “A People’s History of The United States.”
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