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Monday, May 30, 2011



Today is Memorial Day 2011. It is fitting, especially today, to discuss the topic of this blog.

Having been a loyal Republican for most of my life, but becoming a Libertarian a few years ago, I must speak out against both Republicans and Democrats who spew forth the propaganda and outright lies that soldiers who die in war do so to preserve our liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth. The lives of our good soldiers are lost to the desire of politicians to preserve their own power or cater to whom they believe are their constituents.

As far as I am concerned the last just war was WWII. Our battle to defend Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq were nothing more than a misguided attempt to divert the public from the real truth. What freedom was at stake in these wars? I know that it is easy to fool young men who are loaded with testosterone into believing that fighting is a worthy adventure to preserve the peace. They are being lied to and many give up their lives towards this end. So what if South and North Korea were one Korea under Communist rule? It would just be another country with an opposing point of view – a country that might have collapsed, as did some other Communist countries had done.

Look at Vietnam. We fought there to prevent Communists from taking over which they eventually did. We now trade with them as a friendly nation. All our young men died in Vietnam to establish a Communist country with which we are now friendly. Does that make any sense?

Look at Iraq and all our soldiers who died there for freedom. -- freedom for whom? Consider all the Iraqis who died, tens of thousand, most of them killed by other Iraqis, yet the liberal media blame all the deaths upon the Americans. Arabs have been killing themselves for centuries and will continue to do so for centuries to come because of problems in the line of succession that led to the Sunni and Shi’a factions. Why should we save them from their ridiculous religious beliefs? Let them kill themselves. We are or should be free. They are free people. Let them practice population control in the ways they know how!

Look at Afghanistan. Perhaps the first Afghanistan war was just to teach them a lesson not to attack us, but then we should have finished that war at that time. Now, what are we doing there? We are losing American men to somehow establish freedom there. That is not our responsibility. Let us get out and let them fend for them selves. They will never appreciate our efforts to establish freedom for them. They believe in a flawed religion. Rather, it would be more correct to say that the leaders of their religion are teaching flawed concepts and therefore are flawed them selves. As long as there are Mullahs who teach Jihad – and there are many all over the world including the United States -- the populations of Muslims will want to kill anyone including them selves.

I am sorry I voted for McCain. He is such a hawk. He wants to enter every country and correct their faults. He advocates that we should have never let up in Libya. If we stayed there all along it would have been all over by now. That may well be true, but why are we there? My take on Libya is that, if we wanted to justify our actions there, we should have gone in directly and arrested Muamar Gadafi and try him for the murder of all the Americans in Pan Am flight 103 that went down in Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. But to fight in Libya to free the citizens is flawed in its concept.

As I reflect on this Memorial Day, I am so sorry for all the Americans who have lost their lives and to the families who have lost loved ones in unjust and unnecessary wars, but please do not spew the propaganda that they died to preserve our liberty. This is just not true.

nicola michael Tauraso, MD



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