peace & nonviolence

What is the long term pupose of a "bogeyman" image, what does is serve, and who is next? read more »

At the beginning of the Iraq War the threat was well defined: Search for WMD and when found take it out. But to achieve this task, we had to destroy the Iraqi army and its government along the way.

In the aftermath of the Iraq "WMD campaign", our mission focus shifted to nation building, which really meant the forced acceptance of our "Democratic" cultural values (229 years in the making) onto a people in a region with it own cultural values backed by a theocracy over 1000 years old! read more »

When the Russians invaded Afghanistan, the Afghanies received adroit assistance from the Western Powers in the form of arms, training and tactical advisors. This exposed the "Afghanistan freedom fighters" to the techniques and weapons of modern warfare. Arab pride swelled with the knowledge that they could now confront and defeat an invader equipt with a modern army. These newly minted "Mujadin" later strode forth to test their new found abilities on their teachers in Somalia and elsewhere. read more »

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Washington -- Rep. John Murtha, perhaps the House's most influential Democrat on military issues, gave evidence of the rising discontent in Congress over the 32-month-old war in Iraq by calling Thursday for the immediate withdrawal of all American forces.

"The U.S. cannot accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home," said Murtha, a former Marine intelligence officer in Vietnam and the senior Democrat on the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees military spending.

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It's a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of the members of Congress,'' said Murtha, a western Pennsylvania representative who voted in October 2002 for the resolution authorizing President Bush to take military action to oust Saddam Hussein.

Read the complete article.

Read Congressman Murtha's speech to Congress.

Now "THEY" are saying white phosphorous is a chemical weapon! News break, the following are also chemical weapons:

C4 plastic explosive
TNT
Gunpowder
Rocket fuel
Atomic Bombs

The following are not chemical weapons:

Swords
Spears
Lances
Maces
Sticks
Stones
Fists

If mankind insists on killing and maiming one another we should eliminate all chemical weapons. If killing were a little more personal maybe our high school grads would not be so anxious to "serve thier country" by going to war! read more »

Maintaining the nuclear non-proliferation regime is essential, both for world peace and stability and for the survival of humankind. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (known internationally by its English abbreviation NPT), has become one of the fundamental mechanisms for solving the main security problems affecting the world. read more »

The three Massachusetts congressmen, Lynch, Markey and Meehan, who voted to authorize President Bush to use military force against Iraq have now expressed regret publicly for their vote. Read the Associated Press aricle here.

As the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq reaches 2,000, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) this week will introduce legislation to prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to deploy United States Armed Forces to Iraq. The bill will allow funds to be used for the safe and orderly withdrawal of our troops; for transitional security provided by other countries - including international organizations like NATO and the United Nations; and for continued support for Iraqi security forces and international forces in Iraq - as well as funding for reconstruction efforts.

Attached below is a statement Rep. McGovern gave on the House floor today. The text of the bill is also attached: read more »

Last night I participated in one of hundreds of vigils that were held across the nation to honor the soldiers who have died in Iraq. We've reached the magic number - 2000. Of course, that doesn't count the ones who are mortally wounded and flown out just to die before reaching more advanced medical facilities. Or the ones who come home to die. Or who come home to years of agonizing treatment - physical or mental - for the injuries they've suffered. Or even the "collateral damage" to the families whose loved ones are lost or crippled or forever absent from them on an emotional level. read more »

I saw the play "What I heard About Iraq" at the Fountain Theater (www.fountaintheater.com) in East Los Angeles this past Thursday. I knew very little about it before hand, only that it was based on an article written by Elliot Weinberger by that same name. The play opened with five performers sitting in wooden chairs strewn across the stage. On the screen behind them, the date "1992" appeared. One performer stood up and said, "I heard that Dick Cheney, then Secretary of Defense say..." One by one the performers came to life sharing what they heard various officials says about the war in Iraq. We hear the perspectives of US politicians, US Soldiers, and the Iraqi people, the performers constantly interchanging their roles. As the play draws to an end, we hear the climbing numbers of the causalities of the Iraqi people and of our US soldiers. It's a chilling, intense, disturbing and powerful performance. When all these verifiable quotes that you've heard over the years are condensed into 70minutes, I couldn't help but feel shaken.
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