TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 4 Jun 2018
29 May 2018
How to Stop Terrorist Attacks!
“If I were the president, I could stop terrorist attacks against the United States in a few days. Permanently. I would first apologize to all the widows and orphans, the tortured and impoverished, and all the many millions of other victims of American imperialism. Then I would announce, in all sincerity, to every corner of the world, that America’s global interventions have come to an end, and inform Israel that it is no longer the 51st state of the USA but now — oddly enough — a foreign country. Would then reduce the military budget by at least 90% and use the savings to pay reparations to the victims. There would be more than enough money. One year’s military budget of 330 billion dollars (now 686 billion dollars) is equal to more than $18,000 an hour (now $36,000 an hour) for every hour since Jesus Christ was born. That’s what I’d do on my first three days in the White House. On the fourth day, I’d be assassinated.”
— William Blum, author of Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions since World War II, and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
U.S. President Dwight David Eisenhower was right in 1960 when he warned about the undue influence of the military-industrial complex (MIC). It’s much worse today than he could have ever imagined 58 years ago. Here’s a quote to ponder from American novelist E.L. Doctorow:
“The bomb was first a weapon. Then it became our diplomacy. Then it became our economy. Then it became our identity. We have become the people of the bomb.”
I would add that in spiritual terms the military-industrial complex and the bomb are forms of demonic possession.
The US is great at telling other countries to give up the bomb: Libya, North Korea, Iran, etc. but God forbid the US consider giving up the bomb. What ever happened to the spiritual principle of leading by example? And what about us leading by example?
Make Peace Not War!
- Mourn all victims of violence
- Reject war as a solution
- Defend civil liberties.
- Ground the Drones! Say No to War!
- Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
- Seek peace by peaceful means through justice in Hawai’i and around the world.
June 8, 2018 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — 872nd week – Fridays 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
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