Where have all the fathers gone

Profiteer: THE WAR IS OVER, MY BOY. FORGET IT! Cartoon in “Life” Magazine, March 10 1919 p. 349 Via. This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1923.

by Anthony J. Marsella

On this day honoring fathers, too many fathers have been and are being lost to war.

General Smedley Butler’s words from 1935, in his book “War is a Racket” reminds us of who is benefitting from war, and who are the victims across time and today.

If so many are against war, why do wars continue with such savagery and tragic consequence. Cui Bono?

In 1935, Butler wrote a book titled War Is a Racket, where he described and criticized the workings of the United States in its foreign actions and wars, such as those he was a part of, including the American corporations and other imperialist motivations behind them. After retiring from service, he became a popular activist, speaking at meetings organized by veterans, pacifists, and church groups in the 1930s.  (Wikipedia)

Time to end the racket?

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D., a  member of the TRANSCEND Network, is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii, and past director of the World Health Organization Psychiatric Research Center in Honolulu. He is known nationally and internationally as a pioneer figure in the study of culture and psychopathology who challenged the ethnocentrism and racial biases of many assumptions, theories, and practices in psychology and psychiatry. In more recent years, he has been writing and lecturing on peace and social justice. He has published 15 edited books, and more than 250 articles, chapters, book reviews, and popular pieces. He can be reached at marsella@hawaii.edu.

 

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