End U.S. Addiction to War
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 6 Jul 2015
When you define something as war, violence becomes the only means.
Despite talk of promoting “freedom and democracy,” U.S. military interventions have been going on for a very long time. Native Americans, the Nation of Hawaii, and a long list of other countries, especially since WWII, can speak to this. Today, the policies of Democrats and Republicans — of Clinton, Bush I, Bush 2, and Obama are all much the same – serve Wall St. and the corporate elite and declare WAR on anyone or anything that gets in the way! The war industry now rules. It has a life of its own and has spread to militarize domestic police forces and private security firms.
William J. Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) says “War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the weapons and tactics for you. It limits the terms of debate before you even begin. It answers questions before they’re even asked.
“When you define something as war, it dictates the use of the military (or militarized police forces, prisons, and other forms of coercion) as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser, or even a traitor.”
To read the full story by William J. Astore, see: America’s Got War – Poverty, Drugs, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terror, or How to Make War on Everything
We are seeing an increasing war on the homeless, and beware: Governor Ige has declared war (disguised of course) on the Mauna Kea Protectors. To deny toilet facilities at the Mauna Kea Visitors center to protectors and visitors is insulting and more… Stop TMT! Sacred Mauna over Money!
End All War! Time to Live Aloha!
- Mourn all victims of violence.
- Reject war as a solution.
- Defend civil liberties.
- Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
- Seek peace by peaceful means through justice in Hawai’i and around the world.
Hilo, Hawai’i Peace Vigil (July 10, 2015 – 720th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office
James Albertini is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment, and director of Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760. Phone (+ 808) 966-7622 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.malu-aina.org/
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