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Question War-This One and the Next and the Ones Before
Including Current War on Terror
This one and the next and the ones before
The vast amounts of money and resources that are robbed by militarism and warfare must be channeled into healing our global community and environment, rather than enforcing a corrupt, exploitive and devastating system of domination for profit. Humanity can do much better than this.
This War is consistent with centuries of wars waged for profit and domination. It should be obvious that Iraq is merely the continuation of standard US foreign policy. Wars are forced upon naturally peace-seeking peoples with deceptive and coercive tactics by a small minority ruling class. The lies of today follow the same time-tested formula used by governments to gain support from the people to pay for and die for greed-driven agendas that run completely counter to claims of security, freedom, democracy, humanitarian intervention etc. George Bush is only the latest in a string of presidents to cloak aggression in idealistic rhetoric. Killing in the name of democracy has a long and terrible history...
It is critical that we see the larger agenda beyond the current conflict so that peace activism does not continue to protest one war after another without addressing the fundamental and systemic causes that have persisted unchallenged for a very long time.
Both Democrats and Republicans are in service to the War System (and the economic powers it services) and, as history has shown, it makes no real difference which party is in power at the national level; the agenda advances without pause. The wars continue and Congress always votes its approval. The difference is style, rhetoric, and issues tailored to toy with public opinion and controversy without affecting any real substantive change, let alone transformation. The Democrats give us a softer multi-lateral Imperialism while the Republicans favor a harder, unilateral approach. While the voting public is distracted by the political process (political theatre), the interventions and killing continue.
The Liberal Holocaust.
While there are many factors and players involved in the complexities of starting and running a war such as militarism, racism, patriotism, nationalism, etc, the fundamental cause and directing force is cold/calculated planning by a small group of people in positions of political and economic power. The nature of this power structure has evolved over centuries into its present form: Global Capitalism - pervasive global profiteering and control by transnational corporations. After World War II the United States assumed the role of chief military enforcer of this system. US foreign policy is entirely in service to protecting and furthering its insatiable appetite. The same dominator forces that marked the world with conquest, colonialism, genocide of native peoples, and slavery are still at work in this latest evolution of Institutionalized Greed. Empire, Imperialism, Plutocracy, Global Capitalism. This is the system running the world today. The awful truth is ignored by the media and untouched in education and public discourse.
Now we are in a time of great urgency of action and need for deep transformative change. We are facing serious issues domestically and globally that must be addressed immediately with the full might of our individual and collective desire for a just and sustainable world. The vast amounts of money and resources that are currently diverted towards militarism and warfare must be channeled into taking care of our global community and environment, rather than enforcing a corrupt, oppressive, exploitive and devastating system of domination and profit.
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
– Henry David Thoreau
Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that numbers of people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience. . . Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves, and all the while the grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem. – Howard Zinn, 1970
War is Waged with Lies • War is for Profit • Modern War Kills and Maims mostly Children • War Crushes real Democracy • War Devastates Nature • War Costs are killing us • War is Wrong
War is Waged with Lies
Naturally, the common people don't want war ... it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.
– Hermann Goering
The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf