Tomorrow the United States observes a national holiday--one of the High Holy Days of American civil religion--known as "Memorial Day". As with Veteran's Day in the Autumn, this day exists on the premise of it being a day wherein the population reflects on the deaths and dismemberments of American soldiers in past and present wars. While many will give that sacred intention--and, again, I use "sacred" in the academic sense and not the common one; it means the extraordinary/supernatural realm, as distinct from that we inhabit otherwise (the ordinary or "profane")--but lip-service, using it as an excuse to engage in excesses that mock the sacrifices made by the deceased and disabled, both those like myself as well as Empire and its Thralls comprehend what this really is and how it works.
The act of warfare, as we are told by our elites, has not been the lawful use of force to repel predators seeking to feed off of us for many generations. Rather, it has been the violation of free nations (by which I mean distinct ethnicities) by imperial states and their enslaved nations seeking to expand their worldly domains to feed Empire's ravenous hunger and thirst. While that hunger and thirst does involve land, water, air, material wealth (in all its forms) and so on what I find as a consistent pattern across all manifestations of Empire's presence is that these material desires are not the true object of obsession. Instead, I find that the cultivation and harvesting of Mankind itself is the true objective.
I speak of warfare as an act of human sacrifice, as a formalized and sacralized ceremony whereby celebrants in iconic and dramatic ritual costumes perform ritual acts of horrific violence in a coordinated manner for the purpose of satisfying a sacred objective in return for that sacred entity's bestowing power or performing effects useful in the profane world. In other words, magic. The celebrants, nigh to a man, have no idea what they are really doing; they are told that they to achieve specific goals, and that there is some socially-acceptable reason why this use of military might is not a act of violation, but instead a lawful use of force (which is, nonetheless, a lie--in whole or in part--most of the time). The ones organizing the ceremony, however, are the primary (if not sole) beneficiaries of the ceremony; they get it, and a very few of them comprehend what they are really doing in these terms (the rest in terms of politics and economics, which are just more tools that do the same thing). However, the benefits of these acts persist long after the sacrificed celebrants have their remains returned from where they died.
Empire's use of war, therefore, is a corruption of its true intention: the organized use of force to repel and destroy predators and similar threats to the nation or any subset thereof. Soldiers who remain true to themselves recognize that this is the legitimate reason for their existence; they are to guard against external predation, repel it when it occurs, and then destroy it as soon as they are able to do so. This is the just and proper way of war; it is defensive, protective, and preservative in its nature- and therefore its comprehension of, and use of, force is meant to be that of measured levels of response to decisively end the threat permanently (an objective that need not require the extermination of the opposition; "war is politics by other means" is a truism, but it is so for very solid reasons).
It is right and proper to take time out of our ordinary lives to reflect on those who waged war for us, and thereby died or got disabling injuries to preserve us. What is wrong is to demand that such risks, such sacrifices, be made for corrupt purposes that violate the rights of others. What is wrong is to demand that such risks, etc., be used to fuel a secular cult whose very purpose is to brainwash the nation into thinking that the claimed narratives are true, that the claimed threats are real, and that we should pay no need to our counterparts elsewhere in the world when they bring contrary information to our attention that contradicts the elite narrative. What is wrong is to use those sacrificed lives, that sacred dead, as a talisman to obscure the actual predation that those sacrificed lives actually enabled. What is wrong is to willfully ignore that Empire feeds off these sacrifices, that it is itself the prime parasitic predator, and that when we refuse to acknowledge reality--when we refuse to admit that we, that our forefathers, got suckered into doing its dirty work--we become complicit in those crimes.
I am no longer in the prime age range for military service, but when I approached it I recalled three things. The first is that I grew up around military veterans. Those who saw combat would, now and again, talk; I saw then that, no matter what I would be promised, I was no less fungible than they were and therefore would be thrown into the shit should it be called upon. The second is that my father would disown me if I signed up; his own experience, lucky as it was, still proved disenchanting enough to push him to discourage me from signing up. The third was to see what became of veterans with my own eyes, and thus lose any faith in the propaganda imagery of glory that was already thick as molasses over 20 years ago (and has only gotten worse since). History, in addition, revealed in all the gore and horror what warfare--even warfare done entirely for the right reasons--is really about; I want no part of that, not now and not then.
Remember this tomorrow, when the ceremonies to invoke the dead and disabled are done, and think about why these things are going on. Is the aim of the ceremony to use the dead as fuel for a propaganda campaign? Or are those speaking actually giving a true and proper display of gratitude and respect to those who risked--and lost--life and limb for the good of the nation? Count on the former more than the latter, and acknowledge the disgust that you may well feel when you recognize the former in place of the latter. Empire must fall.