Martin Luther King on war and those who support war
Ebenezer Baptist Church, April 30, 1967
“There are those who are seeking to equate dissent with disloyalty.”
King could be talking today about Iraq, about Afghanistan, about Pakistan and any other number of countries where the US is waging war overtly and covertly - not for self defense, but to assert its power.
Motown released this speech in 1970 and won a Grammy for it for “Best Spoken Word Recording.”
King was shot dead under still mysterious circumstances on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN. To this day, his family does not believe the US government investigation into the circumstances of his death was adequate.
The news media is not interested in their opinion on this matter and neither is the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, or the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who on the day of this writing (August 24, 2013) are on a podium claiming the moral authority of King’s legacy.
In a country where official obscenity is a daily occurrence, this is an especially odious display of hypocrisy and fundamental dishonesty.
I have to agree with the authors of the above statement; this certainly does reflect the way of the world where the US government is concerned in today’s society. However, it must also be realised that it is not solely the US government who follows such an approach, but also the governments of the UK and other European Union countries. Look at the conflicts happening around the world - particularly in the Middle East - and particularly what has happened to countries where there has been so-called democratic intervention. None of those countries who have been liberated could now be considered stable. In many ways, the US government in particular, cares little for democracy (as can be seen by their illogical backing of the general Syrian Freedom Fighters - a growing number of whom avow their loyalties to Al Quaida; an apparent terrorist organisation whom the American government has vowed and declared to fight till the bitter end for their supposed atrocities against its citizenry).
These same so-called freedom fighters (and I say this with tongue in cheek) have vehemently and publicly declared their intention of forcefully taking over Northern Syria and turning it into an independent Al Quaida state, yet the American government is hell-bent on removing the current Syrian government with the aid of these so-called freedom fighters no matter the eventual cost!
To me this is politics gone horribly wrong - black is now white, and white is now black (evil is now good, and good is now evil) - particularly through the eyes of the corporate media and their trolls (I know this is now an internet term, but I think it fits here).