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As much as I hate to link to this rag of a magazine this article made me so mad yesterday I couldn’t see straight for some time.

Put Away the Flags by Howard Zinn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism — that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder — one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking — cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on — have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power…

Nice of him to not name outright who committed mass murders, who are the racists, and who are the haters of religion but the implications are clear as will be shown throughout the rest of the article. Who exactly is out of power? Didn’t we just show the whole country that the citizens of this country still have some power with the fight against an immigration bill that would have changed the face of this nation forever?

When the first English settlers moved into Indian land in Massachusetts Bay and were resisted, the violence escalated into war with the Pequot Indians. The killing of Indians was seen as approved by God, the taking of land as commanded by the Bible. The Puritans cited one of the Psalms, which says: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee, the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the Earth for thy possession.”

When the English set fire to a Pequot village and massacred men, women and children, the Puritan theologian Cotton Mather said: “It was supposed that no less than 600 Pequot souls were brought down to hell that day.”

While no country’s history is pristine, one has to also look at the opposing sides in any conflict. The Pequot Indians were bad news… not just to the “white men” but to other tribes. (Source: http://ohoh.essortment.com/pequotindiansn_rmqp.htm for a short history lesson.)

We invaded Cuba in 1898 to liberate the Cubans, and went to war in the Philippines shortly after, as President McKinley put it, “to civilize and Christianize” the Filipino people.

It was always supposedly for benign purposes that our country went to
war.

We invaded Cuba in 1898 to liberate the Cubans, and went to war in the Philippines shortly after, as President McKinley put it, “to civilize and Christianize” the Filipino people.

As our armies were committing massacres in the Philippines (at least 600,000 Filipinos died in a few years of conflict), Elihu Root, our secretary of war, was saying: “The American soldier is different from all other soldiers of all other countries since the war began. He is the advance guard of liberty and justice, of law and order, and of peace and happiness.”

This was the Spanish-American War and there’s just one name that should stick out like a sore thumb: William Randolph Hearst, father of “yellow journalism”. If you don’t knwo what yellow journalism is, look at today’s media and you pretty well have it in a nutshell.

We see in Iraq that our soldiers are not different. They have, perhaps against their better nature, killed thousands of Iraq civilians. And some soldiers have shown themselves capable of brutality, of torture.

Yet they are victims, too, of our government’s lies.

I won’t go into a diatribe over this. I believe it’s been quite well refuted in a number of other media publications and blogs.

However, the author saved the best for last:

One of the effects of nationalist thinking is a loss of a sense of proportion. The killing of 2,300 people at Pearl Harbor becomes the justification for killing 240,000 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The killing of 3,000 people on Sept. 11 becomes the justification for killing tens of thousands of people in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A result of the Death March of Bataan, approximately 5,000-10,000 Filipino and 600-650 American prisoners of war died before they could reach Camp O’Donnell. This happened in 1942. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki weren’t until 1945; not to mention the fact the massive American casualties at the hands of the Japanese military operations beforehand (Timeline forWWII) nor to mention the fact that the war was initiated by the Japanese.

The saddest part of all is this man, Howard Zinn, is a millionaire, a Proferror Emeritus at Boston University, and a Marxist. His book “A People’s History, (first published in 1980)”, has become influential in many of the U.S.’ colleges, universities, and high schools.

For a further looking into Zinn’s psyche:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=939

What the Left Thinks, Part I & Part II; an interview with the Amazing Zinn.

So, yes, let’s listen to Zinn and stop being proud of our heritage. Let’s not celebrate the very lives that gave him the right to say what he says and outright hate America. Let’s buy into his diatribe about how bad the U.S. is in the world according to Zinn, facts unnecessary if they are inconvenient.

And while we’re robbing ourselves of our heritage let’s ignore greater writers, such as Thomas Sowell, who give the lie to the opinions and facts that Zinn spouts: Upsetting the Elite. We really are so powerless in this country, aren’t we? Or how about some Peggy Noonan: How we become American?

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