Alternate Reality: MLK Jr. Would Be Supporter of Today's US Wars, says US Defense Dept Attorney


Can't make this stuff up.

Today the Obama Department of Defense sent out this article for republication. Republish it we will - in order to help expose their shamelessness:

King Might Understand Today’s Wars, Pentagon Lawyer Says

By Terri Moon Cronk
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2011 – If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were
alive today, would he understand why the United States is at war?

Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, posed that
question at today’s Pentagon commemoration of King’s legacy.

the final year of his life, King became an outspoken opponent of the
Vietnam War, Johnson told a packed auditorium. However, he added,
today’s wars are not out of line with the iconic Nobel Peace Prize
winner’s teachings.

“I believe that if Dr. King were alive today,
he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our
nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the
American people vulnerable to terrorist attack,” he said.

is a 1979 graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where King
graduated in 1948. He also attended school with King’s son, Martin
Luther King III, and was privy to the elder King’s speaking engagements


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Johnson said today’s service members might wonder whether
the mission they serve is consistent with King's message and beliefs. In
King’s last speech in Memphis, Tenn., on April 3, 1968 -- the night
before he died -- King evoked the biblical parable of the Good
Samaritan, Johnson noted.

According to the parable, a traveler
was beaten and robbed and left for dead. Two other travelers passed the
man as he lay alongside the road -- one was a priest. Both ignored the
man and continued on their way. Finally, a Samaritan traveling the road
showed compassion and took the stranger to an inn and saw to his care.

In his speech, King drew a parallel between those who passed by the man
on the road and those in Memphis who at the time hesitated to help
striking sanitation workers because they feared for their own jobs.

Johnson said King criticized those who are compassionate by proxy,
noting the civil rights leader told the audience in Memphis that night,
“The question is not, ‘If I stop to help this man in need, what will
happen to me?’ The question is, 'If I do not stop to help the sanitation
workers, what will happen to them?'"

Johnson compared today’s troops to the Samaritan, who chose to help instead of taking an easier path.

“I draw the parallel to our own servicemen and women deployed in Iraq,
Afghanistan and elsewhere, away from the comfort of conventional jobs,
their families and their homes,” Johnson said.

Volunteers in
today’s military, he said, “have made the conscious decision to travel a
dangerous road and personally stop and administer aid to those who want
peace, freedom and a better place in Iraq, in Afghanistan, and in
defense of the American people.

“Every day, our servicemen and
women practice the dangerousness -- the dangerous unselfishness Dr. King
preached on April 3, 1968,” Johnson told the audience.

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