War or peace?

The Lies We Believed (And Still Believe) About Iraq by Charles Lewis, billmoyers.com June 27, 2014

Gorbachev: US Pulled Russia Into New Cold War That Could Turn ‘Hot’ By Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Common Dreams, January 29, 2015  “The U.S. has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism,” Mikhail Gorbachev is quoted as saying.

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast By Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, April 14, 2015 …shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 about the Donald Rumsfeld/Paul Wolfowitz-led plan for “regime change” in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran…Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries…Despite the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, the neocon “crazies” still exercise huge influence in Establishment Washington… Wolfowitz… is now presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s foreign policy/defense adviser,

Dismantle the Incentives for Endless War Mark Karlin, Managing Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

Peace Is Not Profitable Enough for the United States by MARK KARLIN, BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT, March 13, 2015

The #1 Threat to Peace in the World — Guess Who? It’s U.S. Alex Kane, AlterNet, March 11, 2015 

The Neocon Recipe For Iraq — How to Completely Ruin a Country in 13 Years By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet, February 20, 2015 

Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, January 06, 2015

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast By Ray McGovern, Common Dreams, April 14, 2015 …shortly after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 about the Donald Rumsfeld/Paul Wolfowitz-led plan for “regime change” in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran…Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries…Despite the debacle in Iraq and elsewhere, the neocon “crazies” still exercise huge influence in Establishment Washington… Wolfowitz… is now presidential hopeful Jeb Bush’s foreign policy/defense adviser,

Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity Generational justice

What Would Today’s American Insecurity Look Like to Someone From 1963?

A Clash of Barbarisms”: After Paris Attack, How US Policy in Middle East Helps Fuel Extremism

Gorbachev: US Pulled Russia Into New Cold War That Could Turn ‘Hot’

The Lies We Believed (And Still Believe) About Iraq

Dismantle the Incentives for Endless War Mark Karlin, Managing Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout

Why the American church can’t talk about war (and why that needs to change) by Alan Bean, Friends of Justice, March 11, 2015

Peace Is Not Profitable Enough for the United States by MARK KARLIN, BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT, March 13, 2015

The #1 Threat to Peace in the World — Guess Who? It’s U.S. Alex Kane, AlterNet, March 11, 2015 

The Neocon Recipe For Iraq — How to Completely Ruin a Country in 13 Years By Thom Hartmann, AlterNet, February 20, 2015 

What Would Today’s American Insecurity Look Like to Someone From 1963? by Tom Engelhardt, Bill Moyers.com, January 9, 2015 (overview of militarism in US)

“A Clash of Barbarisms”: After Paris Attack, How US Policy in Middle East Helps Fuel Extremism By Amy Goodman and Nermeen Shaikh, Democracy Now!, January 9, 2015

Our National Security State: A Self-Perpetuating Machine for American Insecurity by Tom Engelhardt, TomDispatch, January 06, 2015

A Threat to Us All: Millions Buying into Apocalyptic Religion Pose a Direct Threat to Modern Society By Jeffrey Tayler,  Salon, January 4, 2015 Rationalistsare assertively making their case because religion, since the Reagan years, has been abandoning the realm of private conscience (where it has every right to be) and intruding itself into national life, with politicians and public figures flaunting their belief, advocating and (passing) legislation that restricts women’s reproductive rights, attempting to impose preposterous fairy tales (think intelligent design) on defenseless children in science classes, and even, in the case of Texas, recasting the Constitution in school textbooks as a document inspired by the Bible.  Abroad, militants pursuing Islamist agendas have been raining death and destruction on entire populations, with religious extremism the main cause of terrorism the world over.  Given the possibility that terrorists may acquire weapons of mass destruction and nuclear states with faith-based conflicts may let fly their missiles, religion may be said to endanger humanity as a wholeNo one who cares about our future can quietly abide the continuing propagation and influence of apocalyptic fables that large numbers of people take seriously and not raise a loud, persistent, even strident cry of alarm… three-fourths of Americans believe the Bible to be the word of God – numbers that, to the shame of the Republic, find reflection in our resolutely anti-science Congress…

Biggest Threat to World Peace: The United States Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams, December 31, 2013 International polls shows that world, including significant portion of Americans, deem US as greatest obstacle to peace — Over 12 years into the so-called “Global War on Terror,” the United States appears to be striking terror into the hearts of the rest of the world…In the Americas themselves, decades of US meddling have left an awkward legacy. Its neighbours, Mexico (37%) and Canada (17%), clearly have issues. Even 13% of Americans see their own country as a danger.

Iraq Update — June 20, 2014 – compilation

The roots and lessons of Memorial Day By E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post, May 25, 2014  – Excerpt – Memorial Day is a peculiarly appropriate holiday for our times. Its origins lie in the Civil War, which resulted from the failure of a deeply polarized political system to settle the question of slavery…Reading the history of the period leading up to the war is jarring because its political conflicts bear eerie similarities to our own — for the sharp regional differences over how the federal government’s powers should be regarded; for the way in which advocates of slavery relied on “constitutional” claims to justify its survival and spread; for the refusal of pro-slavery forces to accept the outcome of the 1860 election; and for the fierce disagreements over how the very words “morality,” “patriotism” and “freedom” should be defined. Our nation argued over what the Founders really intended and over the Supreme Court’s authority to impose a particular political view… Memorial Day might encourage us to re-engage with the story of the pre-Civil War period…for clues from the past as to how we might understand the present….Marking Memorial Day, moreover, may now be more of a moral imperative than it ever was. As a nation, we rely entirely on a military made up of volunteers. We are calling on a very small percentage of our fellow citizens to risk and give their lives on behalf of us all. We should recognize how much we have asked of so few, particularly in the years since 2001….Memorial Day is a call to political responsibility, even more so in some ways than the Fourth of July…politics can have dire consequences. Distorting political reality…makes resolving differences impossible. As we honor our war dead, let us pause to consider how we are discharging our obligations to their legacy.

Thank You for Being Expendable By COLBY BUZZELL, New York Times, MAY 25, 2014 – I enrolled in the V.A. health care system in 2004, soon after a year of service in Iraq. I’ve been to countless V.A. hospitals since, and they’re all the same. If you want to know what the price of freedom looks like, go to a V.A. waiting room — wheelchairs, missing limbs, walking wounded, you get all of the above. One day not long ago, while waiting for my PTSD medication, I struck up a conversation with a Vietnam veteran, who told me the message he’d gotten from his treatment at the V.A., and his country, was not “Thank you for serving,” but “Thank you for being expendable.” I agreed with him. Soldiers are expendable in war, and veterans are expendable and forgotten about when they return. That’s just the way it is. This recent V.A. “scandal” over prolonged wait time for veteran care doesn’t surprise me one bit. Politicians and many hawkish Americans are quick to send our sons and daughters to go off to fight in wars on foreign soil, but reluctant to pay the cost.

The VA Scandal Is Rooted In the Delusional Republican Belief That Wars Are Free By: Sarah Jones, May, 22, 2014, Politicususa.com  …The truth of the matter is that both parties are to blame for the failures of the VA (as is our culture of ignoring veterans while flag waving for war), but at this specific time in history, the biggest fault lay in the fact that we had 2 wars that were not planned for or paid for in any way prior to entering them, nor were any efforts made to fund their costs during the entire Bush years. Instead, Republicans cut taxes and found no alternative method of providing revenue for their “deficits don’t matter” spending.

Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart By KARL W. EIKENBERRY and DAVID M. KENNEDY, New York Times, May 26, 2013  For nearly two generations, no American has been obligated to join up, and few do. Less than 0.5 percent of the population serves in the armed forces, compared with more than 12 percent during World War II. Even fewer of the privileged and powerful shoulder arms. In 1975, 70 percent of members of Congress had some military service; today, just 20 percent do, and only a handful of their children are in uniform.

Why War Isn’t Inevitable: A Science Writer Studies the Secret to Peaceful Societies by Brad Jacobson, AlterNet, March 18, 2012…bio­log­i­cally speak­ing, we are just as likely to be peace­ful as we are to be vio­lent…dis­pelled mul­ti­ple myths about the impe­tus for war [that] sus­tains the insti­tu­tion of war despite ratio­nal thought and an over­whelm­ing human aver­sion to killing…charts a new course for reject­ing the old par­a­digm of war’s inevitabil­ity and finally releas­ing mankind from its destruc­tive grip….this view that war is really ancient and innate has become dom­i­nant in sci­ence…you’ve got this really dra­matic, con­se­quen­tial claim about human nature and about war, this great scourge of human­ityWar really should be seen as a meme, as a self-perpetuating idea or behav­ior that becomes very per­sis­tent and deep-rooted once it emerges in a given region… 

We’re Number 88! US Ranked Low on Global Peace Index — Common Dreams staff, Com­mon Dreams, June 13, 2012 -The just released 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI) from the Insti­tute for Eco­nom­ics and Peace shows that the world has become slightly more peace­ful over the last two years, with Ice­land rank­ing as the most peace­ful coun­try and Soma­lia rank­ing as the least peace­ful place. The U.S. ranks 88 of 158.

5 Ways to Achieve World Peace and Prosperity — 2048: Humanity’s Agreement to Live Together  …One of the most pernicious myths is that peace and prosperity are hopelessly complicated and unattainable…This is untrue. Peace and prosperity can be attained through the realization of five basic fundamental freedoms, for all people, everywhere in the world. They are: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, freedom for the environment, and freedom from fear…The problem is those who are presently profiting…have an interest in maintaining the status quo. It is time for the human rights community to have the strength and daring to band together so that we have the clout to stand up to this narrow-minded view…Awareness can be created with … only 1% of humanity to share the news…This 1% of humanity already exists…now the Internet and 2048 are bringing all these communities together…

 

 

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