Unveiling The King Monument And King's
Condemnation Of U.S. Wars
By Jay Janson
30 August, 2011
How shall peace activists react to the forty-four year blackout of Martin Luther King's condemnation of U.S. Wars?
Martin Luther King was assassinated within a year of condemning the "unjust overseas predatory investments that create wars to maintain themselves."
King's triple condemnation: U.S. wars, predatory investments, and media lies in their favor, was viciously denounced in investor-owned mainstream media, the NY Times leading, as unpatriotic. Would it be any different if King was still alive?
The U.S. wars in France's Indochinese colonies continued on for another ten years after he had shook the world with "my own country is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."
King bravely exposed the domination of society by powerful investors, mercilessly speculating on the resources of the entire planet, using war as a tool to maintain investments. During the last two years, the outcry against investor control of society through privately owned central banks has been heard in the streets of every nation in Europe except Germany. The world is waking up to what King woke up to and was murdered before he could wake up too many others.
In this Age of Instant Communication a relatively small number of King followers will awaken millions to what King taught. The tens of thousands of sensitive people presently dedicated to protesting in spite of not expecting it to stop the wars, will join in making the well known image of King a catalyst for people everywhere to realize their capability to make wars unacceptable.
The King Condemned U.S. Wars Awareness team can understand a reticence on the part of many in America, for King's words sound confrontational in a country, where having participated in lethal military action against Vietnamese rice farmers, in their very own beloved country, is still praised as having been heroic and 'serving America.' Certainly not shaming America, as King described in detail in his blistering sermons "Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence" and "Why I am Against the War in Vietnam given in the last months of his life.
In the same way, today, in an infinitely more militarized United States, the ongoing dispatching of thousands of Afghani, Iraqi, Somali, Pakistani, Yemeni, and Libyans in their own beloved countries as designated enemies of America is hailed as serving to protect Americans in America.
It seems even as King is praised for his civil rights leadership, praising him for teaching us how to end wars is as yet quite unheard of. King's outcry against unfair predatory overseas investment as the cause of wars, was close followed by his assassination.
Investor owned war promoting media job is keep King’s outcry condemning U. S. wars buried along with his body, but words of wisdom will always have a life of their own.
Jay Janson, 80, is an archival research peoples historian activist, musician and writer, who has lived and worked on all the continents and whose articles on media have been published in China, Italy, England, India and the US, and now resides in New York City. Howard Zinn lent his name to various projects of his. GlobalResearch, InformationClearingHouse, CounterCurrents, DissidentVoice, HistoryNewsNetwork, are among those who have republished his articles.
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