It has been over 11 years since the U.S. launched the Afghanistan War and this March, it will be 10 years since the U.S. launched the Iraq War. Since that time, the U.S. has expanded those wars into neighboring nations, most notably Pakistan.
What does the U.S. have to show for all the blood that has been spilled and continues to be spilled? What does it have to show for all the money that has been spent? An unending disaster. Now it wants to spread its "War on Terror," more deeply into Africa, with military operations in Mali, Nigeria, Libya and elsewhere.
Enemies include al-Qaeda, but other organizations as well. For the U.S. doesn't see peaceful ways of resolving its differences with those who defy it, or who don't serve Western interests, only to kill them or imprison and torture them.
You might ask, what about the U.S. Constitution? Only Congress can declare war, but that crucial provision has not been honored since World War ll, and when it comes to war, the president does as he chooses. And for the first time in U.S. history, the U.S. is in perpetual, never ending war.
Of course all of this war can only happen if the American people are silent, and with few exceptions, they are silent. For the government has done an excellent job frightening Americans over "Muslims," and other potential terrorists, as it spends ever more money with the Military Industrial Complex, and its politicians receive ever greater campaign contributions from this corporate collective.
Yet as mankind, we are all one, and those who are killed or imprisoned or orphaned are our brethren. It matters not whether they are U.S. soldiers, U.S. "contractors," (another new concept for America), allied soldiers, "terrorists" (we don't recognize ourselves as terrorists, we only conduct "counterterrorism" activity) and the U.S.'s enemies as well as the men, women and children of those nations.
In the name of sanity, in the name of peace, in the name of oneness with all mankind, please join me in raising your voice to oppose these horrific activities before they completely envelope us around the world in massive senseless violence. Our Creator, the creator of all of us everywhere made us far better than this.
In the words of Gandhi, "What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy."
To learn more, please see "Terror Fight Shifts to Africa," The Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323316804578163724113421726.html