Friday, January 31, 2014

"Kill Anything That Moves!" (video)

Pfc. Sandoval, Wisdom Quarterly; Mitch Jeserich (, 01-30-14), The Tet Offensive
(Movieclips) A scene from "Platoon" showing how Christian American soldiers treated innocent Buddhist civilians in a war that had nothing to do with religion and everything to do with money and our peculiar form of war-profiteering capitalism. See you in hell, Charlie.

We are currently doing the exact same thing to Afghans in Afghanistan without ever wondering who gets us into these apparently pointless wars (which are not pointless but based on lies that fall apart under scrutiny). "Truth is the first casualty of war." And "those who forget history are condemned to repeat it" as new White House and Pentagon officials seek more adventures in genocide, slavery, and atrocities in our and/or our God's name.
Not the Buddha but the monk and Bodhisattva Hotei (Budai), Vietnam
The historical Shakyamuni Buddha (WQ)
Journalist Nick Turse, author of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam (, talks about our previous adventure in American empire -- the U.S. War on Vietnam (and Laos and Cambodia). That was when we began to explain our fear-based massacres with koans like, "We had to burn the village to save the village." 

In the second 30 minutes of the show, Jane Gleeson-White talks about how accounting, bookkeeping, and high finance make everything possible -- including saving the world -- based on historical research from her fascinating book, Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance. (download)

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