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Two Iraqi Peace Activists Confront a Trumpian World

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/13/two-iraqi-peace-activists-confront-trumpian-world

It was President Bush in discussing the Syrian presence in Lebanon (They had been sent in to "keep the peace) had to end because (paraphrased) “No Country can call itself a Democracy if there foreign troops present”.

With 150 Countries around the world having US troops withing their borders, there would seem to be little in the way of Democracy anywhere…

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New World Prophecies for 2019 and beyond:
1.)WAR: Humanity will face greater risks of religious conflict and war over gaining access to the remaining resources. As the competition for resources grows, nations will be tempted to go to war as a solution…- Marshall Vian Summers newmessage.org

2.) RESOURCES: We will be living in a declining world, with diminishing food, energy & water resources for an expanding human population; a world where ever growing numbers of people will be drinking from a slowly shrinking well. The world will lose 30% of its food production.

3.) HUMAN MIGRATIONS: Millions of people will be forced to leave their homes and become environmental and war refugees. It will be on a scale never seen before. According to the U.N., more than 1 million people have already left their homes in the middle east due to war.

4). PANDEMICS: a great risk of pandemic illness will arise out of deteriorating conditions. Greater than the pandemics of the past, this will be.

5.)

[In 2003, the Bush administration appointed Bremer head of the Coalition Provisional Authority … and was responsible for the disastrous decision to disband Iraqi autocrat Saddam Hussein’s army.]

It might help if ostensibly left-wing commentators try not to inject opinions such as the “brutal” North Korean “regime” or the Iraqi “autocrat” Saddam …" The leaders they describe might indeed be brutal and/or autocratic, but unless commentators are also willing to call their own leaders “the murderous” Bush or the “genocidal” US “regime” readers cannot but lump the authors together with those responsible for the hundreds of wars planned and executed by the US ruling class since 1776.

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I would add:
5). NUCLEAR WEAPONS: As the world’s social and environmental stability decreases, the risks of a nuclear war will increase. Even 50 years ago, when things were “stable,” we were horribly close to nuclear conflicts more than 10 times. Daniel Ellsberg’s The Doomsday Machine is an excellent read in this regard.