Monday, August 4, 2014

More Americans Victims of War Fatigue

So much war. So many anniversaries of lies, death and destruction. Next week is the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin fraud that catapulted the Vietnam War. This week is the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One.

You’ve probably noticed that few big online groups have much to say about the wars of today and tomorrow -- especially when there’s a Democrat in the White House. (Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 was awarded to President Barack Obama)

Committed, principled action for peace makes a real difference.

Consider what these four developments have in common:

*  U.S. missiles were not launched at Syria last September.

*  A bill to move the U.S. toward war with Iran didn’t get through Congress in February.

*  The number of drone strikes has fallen sharply in recent months.

*  A week ago the U.S. House passed a bill to block any new presidential war on Iraq.

Those developments were all driven, in large part, by public pressure.

It’s a very steep climb to move the U.S. and other governments away from war.

While U.S. public opinion now overwhelmingly opposes specific possible wars, very little public debate exists around shutting down foreign bases -- and drastically scaling back the military spending that drives much of the demand for wars -- or even halting foreign weapons transfers.

Weapons from the United States, in the possession of the Israeli government, are leveling homes and taking lives in Gaza. Hostility is brewing in Ukraine. The U.S. is supporting fighters in Syria while opposing aligned fighters in Iraq -- while, in Iraq, those fighters have seized many U.S.-made weapons.

RootsAction is raising the issue of foreign weapons sales and gifts… Spreading to other states the Connecticut model of creating a commission to work on transition from military to peaceful industries… Targeting the secrecy that enables war-making to thrive…

Just weeks ago, RootsAction made it possible for to install 13 billboards in Washington, D.C. -- featuring a clarion call from Daniel Ellsberg -- encouraging federal employees to become whistleblowers.

Military spending deprives us of resources that could save many times the lives lost in wars -- if invested in such necessities as green energy, sustainable agriculture and health care. Creating those vital changes is long overdue.

—> The team

** Most independent media outlets are counting on whistleblowers to access to information. is counting on you.

—> Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver twitted early a link then later on deleted it.


The policy of not listening their own advice: Quagmire


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