Veterans for PeaceA full fledged culture war pitting the reform elementsMon Jul 17, 2006 15:52
Monday, July 17, 2006
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Veterans for Peace
I have added the American peace group, Veterans for Peace http://www.veteransforpeace.org/
as the 37th link for the Israel/Palestine list in anticipation of what looks to be a possible confluence of the wars in the Middle East (much as our two major wild fires have conjoined in California, which has become our alternative U.S. flaming media item) in anticipation of the worst of possible developments over there -- an extension of the Iraq/Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine conflicts to Lebanon, Syria, and Iran -- a full fledged culture war pitting the reform elements in Islam (fundamentalist and modern) against the imperial crusade of pious Bush and Blair who would once again impose the 'white man's' religious culture -- and exploitative economic interests -- upon a 'backward' civilization?
It is my assumption that mainly our veterans are the ones aware how disastrous wars are for those doing the killing as well as those being killed. Veterans for Peace was founded by men and women who have been there, experienced it, and returned to preach another message to our armchair warriors and the rest of us.
James Starowicz http://imagineaworldof.blogspot.com/ is a principal contributor to Peace Efforts: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PeaceEfforts -- the list that parallels Israel/Palestine http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Israel_Palestine where we may now be watching the perils of converging military fronts. Veterans for Peace keeps the tallies of U.S. troops killed and wounded in Iraq. Perhaps we should add a comparable list here of Israelis and Palestinians, and Lebanese now being killed and wounded under the direction of our generals and zealots? Why are we humans so fascinated by the killing and suffering that we can inflict on others?
"A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope." (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]
"The only way win is with a CULTURE WAR!" Abbie Hoffman
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