The Media is Mightier Than War ©
As a Marine Vietnam Veteran for Peace and former Community Organizer trained by Saul Alinsky's executive team in the mid-70s, I concur with the perception that the U.S. is an "empire!" I recently viewed Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States" which was frightening and horribly sad.
Thus the challenge for the progressive media is to enhance its analysis with stories How to Occupy the elitist U.S. Foreign (most often Folly) Policy establishment! Noam Chomsky started to address this existential strategy in his book, "Occupy".
We The People (WTP) MUST demand to participate in the decisions about whose sons and daughters serve, sacrifice and suffer, and who pays! In essence, who will own the Soul of U.S. Foreign Policy = the 99% or the pernicious, cowardly 1%? The latter and their adult children should be drafted immediately as grunts and put on the front lines searching for IEDs supporting our brave volunteers purportedly protecting "our way of life."
WTP must connect U.S. Folly Policy, especially vast expenditures for preventive wars of empire to our devastated economy! This point of concurrence must enlighten Americans, as organized, independent thinkers so that they can influence and eliminate the propensity to wage WAR by delusional members of the Complex that President Eisenhower and Dr. Martin Luther King (and others) warned us about.
Communities must strategically organize nation-wide and participate fully and equally in the foreign policy debates creating modesty, realism, transparency and accountability, keeping in mind that WAR PROFITEERING is the existential threat to our humanity!
When it comes to protecting and supporting our troops, veterans and their families, herein lies the moral essence of U.S. citizen obligation. Therefore, one of the greatest challenges is going beyond the villains, grossly incompetent national security officials, insidious politicians and lapdog pundits, devastated victims and heroes of the 9/11 Attack (and subsequent vile debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan) to intensive, comprehensive, open debates about those critical issues of our economic security, human and civil rights, justice, sustainable defense and foreign policy objectives, and how best to counterattack terrorism and eliminate its underlying roots and hateful true believers everywhere, especially the hatemongers in America.
We must deeply understand the very complex nature of genuine fears, threats, and the concomitant measured responses, which must eliminate the obsolete components, assumptions and foundations of post-World War II U.S. Folly Policy, and their most devastating economic and environmental impacts on communities here and entire cultures abroad.
As citizens of a democracy, we MUST, repeat, must demand and integrate the facts (genuine intelligence and public knowledge) to fully comprehend the enormous challenges before us. We must rethink our political and diplomatic relations, passionately reflecting on and changing our values and allegiances that have had and continues to have brutal effects on our fellow humans. We must strongly influence our foreign policy decision making which has profound and devastating impacts on hundreds of millions of men, women, and children.
In strategic collaboration with the International Criminal Court, The Hague, our justice system must hold elected and/or appointed decision-makers and officials accountable with severe sanctions when they break international and US laws ~ crimes against humanity, genocide and peace...etc.
WTP are the Best and Brightest and ultimately responsible for their decisions. We must instruct our government employees about the great truths for solving our most dangerous problems. This dynamic struggle is about our core beliefs and ideas of our diminished democracy, its vision and the underlying democratic principles and values inherent in our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and most international treaties that inspire us to take preemptive actions to protect our world...when we choose.
Arthur Engendorf, a Vietnam Veteran author notes, “healing is the way we restore ourselves...with a little help from our friends, we can heal ourselves, even from war...healing culminates in a renewed vision of what is possible for us and our world. In light of this vision, our individual healing shifts from being the center of attention to an instance of much more encompassing possibility ~ healing for all humanity.”
Legitimacy of moral life depends on the willingness of men and women to struggle with such questions before they decide what to do. Also Karl Jaspers, a Jewish-tainted German WW II philosopher notes, “all men, like all nations, are tested twice in the moral realm ~ first by what they do, then by what they make of what they do. A condition of responsibility denotes a kind of second chance: men are, as if by a kind of grace, given a chance to repay to the living what it is they find themselves owing the dead.”
President Anwar Sadat noted before going to Israel to Wage Peace ~ “To every man on this land who has sacrificed himself, to every woman who has given her son for the battle, and to every youth, I say this: we will not allow any single one of you to be hurt so long as we can make peace. We will destroy the idols of fear and we will be victorious over the enemies of life.”
Sean O’Casey ~ “The bells of the world have tolled long enough for death, let them now ring out for life...a dead youth is a blasphemy against the God of Life, no one desires war, but a fool or a madman, and there is no longer room [for them]...we affirm the infallibility of the brotherhood of man the world over.”
Gandhi ~ “My patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It is all embracing and I should reject that patriotism which sought to mount upon the distress of the exploitation of other nationalities. The concept of my patriotism is nothing if it not always, in every case, without exception, consistent with the broadest good of humanity at large.”
Salmon Oliver Levinson ~ "War as an institution to settle disputes and establish justice among nations is the most barbarous and indefensible thing in civilization. The real disease of the world is the legality and availability of war . . . [W]e should have, not as now, laws of war, but laws against war; there are no laws of murdering or of poisoning, but laws against them."
Sean MacBride ~ “Peace then has to be the DESPERATE IMPERATIVE of humanity.”
To ignite change for the common good ~ this will take incredible moral and political courage to choose. Will the Common Dreamers choose to > Wage Peace?
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