I am an unapologetic antiwar supporter.
I have been so for 40+ years…I have never supported a war after 1972……I believe there are other answers to the world’s problem beyond killing people to make a point.
Back in my days of protests there was a slogan that made the rounds….”War is good business….Invest your children”…..basically the war machine will use everything possible to keep the wars going…..but we should not believe the hype of the M-IC…..
Vice President Mike Pence was the commencement speaker at West Point. In part, he told the graduating cadets this: “It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life. You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen…And when that day comes, I know you will move to the sound of the guns and do your duty, and you will fight, and you will win. The American people expect nothing less.”
What Pence didn’t mention that day is why he could be so sure that this will come to pass. Or who the primary beneficiaries will be, if or when it does. Because the winners won’t be the American people, who see their taxes go to missiles instead of healthcare and education. Nor will they be the soldiers themselves—some of whom will return in flag-draped caskets while many more sustain life-altering physical and psychological injuries. The winners also won’t be the citizens of other countries who experience death and displacement on a horrific scale from our awesome military might. And our planet’s now-fragile climate won’t come out on top either, since the Pentagon is the single largest oil consumer in the world.
To me it is way past time to stop and re-think all our endless wars of aggression…..
I read a piece in The American Conservative stating that war does not make sense anymore……
Trump and his group of mindless thugs have thumped their chests over Iran and few people actually want another war especially our combat vets…..
Majorities of veterans and the general public agree that the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan weren’t worth fighting, and hold similar views about the ongoing US military campaign in Syria.
The findings come from a new survey of American adults produced by the Pew Research Center. The Iraq war in particular was seen as futile, suggesting that public sentiment is in line with the conclusion of US military strategists who say the biggest beneficiary of the 2003 invasion was Iran.
We are fighting wars that make no sense….other than to keep defense contractors in business and profitable……we always hear about the arms race….how about a new approach…a Peace Race?
In late April, the highly-respected Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that, in 2018, world military expenditures rose to a record $1.82 trillion. The biggest military spender by far was the United States, which increased its military budget by nearly 5 percent to $649 billion (36 percent of the global total). But most other nations also joined the race for bigger and better ways to destroy one another through war.
This situation represents a double tragedy. First, in a world bristling with weapons of vast destructive power, it threatens the annihilation of the human race. Second, as vast resources are poured into war and preparations for it, a host of other problems―poverty, environmental catastrophe, access to education and healthcare, and more―fail to be adequately addressed.
Peace is far more desirable than the death and destruction of war…..then why not take a chance and…….Give Peace A Chance!
Time for all of us to get aboard the “Peace Train”……
“Lego Ergo Scribo”