Monday, February 25, 2013

Where Is The American Peace Movement?

The U.S. government is at war at every turn, killing "militants," meaning Americans or anyone else that oppose it. The government uses drones, death squads, bombs, soldiers, contractors, torture and the world's biggest arsenal of weapons and delivery systems to enforce its will.

It recognizes no sovereignty, no Geneva Convention, no UN Charter and no U.S. Constitutional limitations. It put WikiLeaks out of business, has made Bradley Manning an untried political prisoner, and operates Guantanamo and other secret sites to be rid of its enemies.

The president is free to conduct wars anywhere he chooses, and he does, answerable to no-one. He says he has the legal right to do what he does but doesn't substantiate that claim to the American people, despite his additional claims of "transparency."

As for money, military contractors have never had it so good. But the threat of spending cuts caused  the secretary of defense last week to threaten to layoff all civilian workers, an act that would throw many thousands of people out of work.

As Afghans, Iraqis, Pakistanis and Libyans would tell us, American wars are now endless. But then so would all of the Latin American nations swallowed up by the U.S. War on Drugs, as would such nations as Germany, Japan and South Korea who face a major U.S. military presence many years after their wars ended.

Where is the American peace movement? Where are the civil rights activists and the voices of reason? Where is the religious establishment? Where are the people of conscience? Where are the voices of righteous indignation?

Apparently lost in silence and indifference.


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