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No evidence is needed for "liberating Iraq" and make it safe for democracy. It just doesn't sound very plausible. Would a capitalist country like the US want to spend 100 to 200 billion dollars on attacking Irak without expecting a return? Besides, historical facts reveal other motives. "The world must be made safe for democracy", President Woodrow Wilson said in April 1917. And ever since, the US has been busy making the world safe for democracy - and American interests. "War is just a racket" argued Smedley Butler in 1933. Butler had by then spent 33 years in the US Marine Corps. He makes his point persuasively: 'War is Just a Racket' [Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933 by  General Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC. General Butler was the recipient of two  Congressional Medals of Honor.] 'War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.... There isn't a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its "finger men" to point out enemies, its "muscle men" to destroy enemies, its "brain men" to plan war preparations, and a "Big Boss" Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism. It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country's most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested. During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. 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.' http://www.fas.org/man/smedley.htm (Smedley Butler was 16 when he joined the Marine Corps in 1898. The Spanish American War had just broken out.) ### "Making the world safe for hypocrisy" is more like it, suggested Thomas Wolfe in 1929: "'Where've they got you stationed now, Luke' said Harry Tugman... 'At the p-p-p-present time in Norfolk at the Navy base', Luke answered, 'm-m-making the world safe for hypocrisy.'" [Look Homeward, Angel_ by Thomas Wolfe. 1929] Elga Sutter _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk