Peace through Peace

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It should now be clear to everyone that “peace through strength” is a failure. It’s time to try peace through peace. How is it we can go about this? First we must examine what has been going on in the minds of our so called leaders in washingtOOn. It has been the claim of the current criminal regime in the white house that the US should assume the strategic and tactical posture of “preemptive strike.” This stupid idea means that the US can invade another country anytime it’s leadership BELIEVES we are under threat.

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Poster child for preemptive strike

What did the bush crime family believe about Iraq before they ordered their preemptive strike invasion? Who the hell knows at this point! What did they TELL us they believed?

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WMD, the check is in the mail, I won’t come in your mouth…

Whether they really BELIEVED their own bullshit is being covered by many others. What I want to do in this post is figure out how to prevent a future group of idiot con artists from dragging us into the next disaster of a war. What about the checks and balances offered by congressional oversight? Remember, both houses of congress authorized this preemptive strike on Iraq!

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Poster child for the asleep at the switch failure of congressional oversight.

The final level of oversight comes from We The People. I’m afraid that unlike me and a few others, too many of us were also asleep at the switch in the lead up to this present war. I did my best to convince those around me that this war would be a disaster. I now take very little pleasure that I was right all along. The question remains, how do we go about preventing the next disaster? For that we must take the following simple change of view to heart:

Resolved: WAR is a FAILURE of foreign policy, NOT an instrument thereof!

Examples:

Every stinking, dirty, murderous war the power elite have dragged us into throughout human history!

What will be the end of the congressional, executive, military industrial complex? That end will come when we the people stop falling for the overcomplicated, over analysis of the overpaid, over credentialed militarist wing of the intelligentsia. We The People must cut through all their international interventionist blather and see one simple self evident truth. War always leads to the next war. PEACE IS AN END ONTO ITSELF! Each of us must start this peace in ourselves. We must shed the yoke of the power elite, we must shake off the hypnotizing effect of their bullshit industry which turns too many of us into bovine nodders for their present and future “glorious war efforts.” Far too many of the people around me have been willing, in past and even in present, to moo the “support the troops” mantra. The time to moo is over!

Peace, like charity, begins here at home. It is what we in my home of the US can, and must, now do to create that peace that my next post will cover…

The scientifically impossible I do right away

The spiritually miraculous takes a bit longer

<<<ClapSo>>>

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~ by ClapSo on May 15, 2007.

2 Responses to “Peace through Peace”

  1. There is nothing I would so much like to see as a worldwide repudiation of war as a means of resolving conflicts, so this topic has a lot of resonance with me. I’ve given it a lot of thought and continually wonder what I personally can do to contribute to bringing this about.
    When the war appeared imminent and there were massive demonstrations against it in Washington, London, Rome, and elsewhere, I found myself in one of the crowds with a sign-for the first time in my life. Like millions of others I was outraged that our government seemed hellbent on starting a “preemptive war”. And all along the way, no matter what they said, there was always a cloud hanging over them that gave any thinking person the intuitive feeling that “something’s not right here”.
    I was disappointed, to say the least, when I at last began to realize that this unprecedented event-the largest anti-war demonstration in history, and in protest of a war that could still have been averted-was going to have no deterrent effect whatever. This incredible, amazing reflection of some kind of evolutionary progress in the global consciousness of men was downplayed by neglect, underreporting of numbers, and simple lack of recognition for what it was. (It was probably also hurt by the fact that nothing blew up or bled.)
    That said, I see some pretty daunting obstacles to peace, and I list them not to be negative, hopeless, and helpless, but because they are realities that have to be taken into account as part of such a discussion.
    1) Post 9/11 trauma: In the aftermath of a monstrous and astonishing act of hatred, and faced with such an implacable enemy, no one will question military spending. Rather than foster calm, solidarity, and resolve, the “Bush crime family” to use your phrase, has chosen instead to fan the fears of the public. People are so uneasy about the next one that they even buy into the “If we don’t fight them over there, they’ll follow us home” nonsense.
    2) Widespread lack of awareness about what is really going on. Some of it is ignorance, some of it is unwillingness to take any responsibility to find out, and to vote. Some of it is not wanting to be distracted from a life of comforts and possessions, and the receding horizon of acquiring more. Some people are just too short on money and time and have their hands full just trying to survive.
    3) The Pied Piper of the military: “The few, the proud”. The slick come-on commercials that glorify military power and appeal to the protective warrior instinct in men, and the only price of admission? “Well, son, just be sure to leave your mind out there by the gate.” A pretty powerful combination: fear and uncritical “patriotism”.
    4) The Military/Congressional/Industrial Complex: Military Service itself, weapons R&D, weapons production, and weapons sales provide a livelihood for many and for a few enormous and obscene profits. As long as we have a Designated Enemy, we will have fear and a justification for the military. Too, Senators and Representatives are not about to pull the plug on funding for military bases in their districts- bases that provide many with good jobs. The military is the Sacred Cow of sacred cows.
    5) The Secret Government: Here is how Bill Moyers put it in an hour-long documentary and analysis titled “The Secret Government:The Constitution in Crisis
    “The secret government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers, and super-patriots who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government. Presidents have turned to them when they can’t win the support of Congress or the people, creating that unsupervised power so feared by the framers of our Constitution.”
    I’d really be interested in your take on what we can do in the face of such seemingly insurmountable obstacles…..

  2. ClapSo responds to Richard M:

    First, thank you for taking the time to read my post and provide your thoughtful response. Since your comment was posted just prior to my latest post titled “US out of EVERYWHERE!” and I believe said latest post goes to some length to address the issues raised in your comment I look forward to further discussions via your comment on my latest post. Thanks again!

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