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  1. Exactly! Most Americans don’t know this, but after WWII, a lot of Nazis came to the U.S. to work in intelligence and other top government positions.

    1. Listen once more to Tom Lehrer “Werner von Braun”.
      Here in the EU we notice President Ursula Von Der Leyen and can look at the story of her dad and grandad in WW2.

    2. A lot of Nazis ended up working for the Soviet Union as well. Not to mention many Latin American nations as well as both Egypt and Syria. Does this make them all fascist as well?

  2. Scrapes the bottom of the stupid and disrespectful barrel.

    1. Not according to my own grandfather, nor the many dozens of veterans from that war who I’ve been corresponding with over the years, particularly those who reached out to me during the George W. Bush administration. These were men who spoke quite clearly about the fascistic tendencies of the 21st century United States, openly questioning the value of their own sacrifice.

      1. Exactly, Mr. Fish. Thank you for speaking illustrating the hard truth in all your work.

      2. I agree. My dad served in WWII, but rarely spoke of his experiences, that were no doubt horrific. I remember him crying when the funeral procession for Eisenhower was on TV. He carried a great deal of anger about our government and military throughout his final years until passing away in 1978 at the age of 69.

      3. Thank you, Kathy. It is a sad day indeed. Not a day to celebrate the hubris and folly of war, death and destruction.

    2. Exactly why I love it; it pisses off you bootlicking, sniveling conservaturds.

  3. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 Truth usually lies between irony (funny) and pain…. I never understood Americans wishing a “happy Memorial Day” filled with BBQ, mattress sales and “fun for the kids”…. but then, I haven’t understood the lack of acknowledgement of Neo-Nazi activity here (which has been going on under everyone’s nose) either…Thank you for this “cartoon”.

  4. But I thought it was for “freedom”! Not fascism. This reminds me that the original Memorial Day was founded by women as a day of mourning with a deep sense of loss for all who died in the Civil War on both sides. A day of yearning for peace. A day of determination to never let the folly of war happen again.

    But now the MIC has turned the day of thoughtful sadness into a celebration of war heroism and military exploits with fighter jet flyovers, marching bands and flag waving. No mention of the hubris and folly of modern wars, and their failure to accomplish noble objectives. Which is even sadder than the original purpose.

    I recommend that, this Memorial Day, everyone join Veterans For Peace in their efforts to stop the killing of innocent children, women, and yes, vets too, on all sides. Even if you are not a veteran you can become an auxiliary member and fight for peace on earth. Peace is still possible, if we only knew it!

    1. In 2010 Chris Hedges was arrested with this group at the White House.

      1. Thanks, Red: Hedges is the most courageous journalist in America today. Who else speaks with clarity, force and accuracy about the oppressed, the poor and the abused?

  5. So Nazi Germans knew things Americans didn’t and also had abilities Americans didn’t and understood things Americans couldn’t (Supermen?).
    They performed commanded feats for fee and favor.

    Any thoughts on this POV?

    Now I’m thinking: Who was Sam Giancana, and why was he in a cooperative arms and drug cartel with the CIA, and why was he recruited to assassinate Castro, and was he a frienemy of the head shot Kennedys? What made Sam special and enabled his special powers? (Phyllis MacGuire romance, the sexual torture of Marilyn Monroe and graft of her career, delivering 1960 votes in Chicago and Louisiana)
    Why are studied and accomplished professional sadists/sociopaths so in demand by Capitalists ?
    And why do the origins of these relationships remain so murky and contested officially when the facts are not debatable. (Church Committee)
    Why is there a mythic of the forbidden in our politics/poplar culture?

    1. Why is “fighting” the only response that Americans can come up with? That’s what THEY know best. Why not come up with a different tactic?
      One thing that we can do is to build alternative social structures to make the establishment irrelevant. We can then use these to build the society we want, after we have ended the empire.
      Another thing that we can do is to use the forces of nonviolent resistance. They will respond to this with the only thing they have at hand, which is violence, thus showing the weakness of their ability to persuade anyone.
      Watch How to Start a Revolution DVD documentary (it’s no longer available on YouTube; you’ll have to find the DVD) and read From Dictatorship to Democracy, the book by Dr Gene Sharp. Then read his three-volume series, The Politics of Nonviolent Action.
      Dr Sharp says clearly that overthrowing an empire is dangerous work, and that they will double down on repression. He tells us that in order to be successful, we must conquer fear. Fear, he says, leads to submission.
      The DVD shows that other people in oppressive regimes have used his tactics successfully. We can do this.

    1. OMG! This is exactly what we said to resist the Vietnam War in the 1960s! I mean literally, word for word, Mike Prysner is repeating the words we said. He is only inserting the words “Middle East/Afghanistan” for the word “Vietnam.” If you can find any old films of the 60s Vietnam anti-war rallies, you will see that I’m right.
      I’m 75. We didn’t all sell out and become affluent capitalists.

      1. I’m right with you, having been there during the 60s, too. Which in its turn carried on tradition of being antiwar on the basis of class war. Tradition which has been overshadowed by propaganda war to erase memory (hyper-patriotism, support the troops, etc.), critics of which, like this political cartoon, may too often, cynically forget, much to the advantage of the propaganda.

  6. A Memorial Day Memory: My grandfather was a veteran of WWI, at my brother’s funeral (he was drafted, sent to Vietnam, and came home in a coffin) my idiot grandfather celebrated my brother’s death by saying: “He died in defense of his country.” In what universe, please explain to me, how John Robert Oglesby (Robbie) died in defense of his country? He was sent to a foreign land, which by the way, a nation which could never have threatened America, to kill and/or be killed (which he was, and no doubt, killed other human beings, and for what?).

    Just a little side note: My mother never spoke to her father again- she lost her boy, nineteen years old, what a waste. As for my father, Robbie’s funeral was the only time in my life that I’d witnessed my father crying, he too lost his boy, his first born. Ain’t WAR grand!

    1. Many of my friends argued with their fathers about Vietnam in the 60s. All of those fathers were WWII-era, some veterans.
      My father, who was a fighter pilot in WWII, died in 1949 when his vintage Mustang fighter crashed. (I was born in 1946.) I suspect that we would have fought about Vietnam too.
      I only wish that he had been alive to argue with me.

  7. Reminds me of that old adage (paraphrased)@ those who fail to heed the past are doomed to repeat it.

  8. “The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose – especially their lives.” ~ Eugene V. Debs

    “War is a racket” — General Smedly Butler.

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