Heinrich von Kleist: The military is "a living monument to tyranny"

Senator John McCain III in military uniform with his father, John McCain Jr., a 4-star Admiral in the US military.  Admiral John McCain was the officer in charge of the Navy cover-up of the 1967 Israeli attack on the USS liberty.
 

If you think Generals and the high-ranking men in uniform are misunderstood angels who will save America and the world from destruction, dream on. They're complicit in 9/11 and in the murder of Pat Tillman along with thousands of other patriotic soldiers.Generals are paid to kill and lie in the name of empire, not defend the homeland and guard the innocent from the wicked. Top Generals from all countries, no matter if it is America, Iran, Israel, England, China, or Pakistan, are power-hungry thugs who don't deserve any love or loyalty. Only the soulless scum go up the hierarchy of evil and destruction in the military in any system of government.- disquietreservations


The German poet and dramatist Heinrich von Kleist wrote in one of his letters:

"The greatest wonders of military discipline, while objects of awe to all the experts, became objects of my own most heartfelt contempt; the officers I regarded as so many drillmasters, the soldiers as so many slaves, and when the whole regiment was performing its tricks, it seemed to me a living monument to tyranny. What is more, I began to feel keenly the evil effect that my position was making on my character. I was often compelled to punish when I would gladly have pardoned, or I pardoned when I should really have punished; and, in either case, saw myself as the punishable one. At such moments, the wish to leave such a profession began to grow within me as a matter of course, constantly martyred as I was between two completely incompatible principles, and always in doubt whether to act as an officer or as a human being, for I consider it an impossibility to combine the obligations of both under present conditions in the military.

And yet I regarded my moral development as one of my most sacred duties, because it was just in this, as I have explained, that my happiness would be grounded, and so, to my natural aversion for soldiery, the moral obligation to give it up must be added." - Heinrich von Kleist. "An Abyss Deep Enough: Letters of Heinrich von Kleist with a Selection of Essays and Anecdotes. Edited, Translated, and Introduced by Philip B. Miller." (1982). E. P. Dutton: New York. Pg. 22. The quote is an excerpt from a letter dated March 18, 1799.

Eating the bomb: this party was held in November of 1946, just a little more than a year after the August 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Sick military elite, what could we expect from them?

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