Sunday, November 13, 2011

Real Purpose of Veteran's Day

November 11th was not made a holiday in order to celebrate war, “support the troops” or cheer the 11th year of occupying Afghanistan. 

Originally called “Armistice Day,” the holiday began in 1918, celebrating the end of World War I and the idea of ending all war.  A 10-year campaign launched that year and by 1928 had legally banned all war making.

We aren't told this in school, but in January 1929 the U.S. Senate ratified by a vote of 85 to 1 a treaty that is still on the books, still upheld by most of the world, still listed on the U.S. State Department's website — a treaty that under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution is the "supreme law of the land."

This treaty, the Kellogg-Briand Pact, bans all war.  Bad wars and "good wars," aggressive wars and "humanitarian wars" — they are all illegal, having been legally abolished like dueling, blood feuds, and slavery before them.

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