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"A whirlwind will sweep them away,
and their sacrifices will bring them shame."
Hosea 4:19

violence

Chinese charater for violence

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war is a racket

ponerologic vision of reality

"The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact; non-Westerners never do." - Samuel P. Huntington, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order

"Violence is a drug, indeed it is the most potent narcotic known to humankind. Those most addicted to violence are those who have access to weapons and a penchant for force." - Christopher Lynn Hedges

"The tentacles of this high-intensity violence, now normalized, reach into every aspect of society - a spectacle that does not unsettle but thrives on more shocks, more bloodshed and more suffering." - Henry A. Giroux


violence begets violenceignoring a child is the same as beating  them

Humans were hunters and gatherers
long before they became warriors.

Ancient Cro-Magnon likely began eating flesh 2.5 million years ago.

Caleb E. Finch identified eight genes that evolved in human beings to manage saturated fat, cholesterol and other hazards of flesh eating.

One of the genes is called apoE. A particular form, known as apoE3, evolved in Cro-Magnon some time after the divergence of Cro-Magnon from Neanderthal. ApoE3 is known to help protect Cro-Magnon against heart disease. The seven other genes help protect Cro-Magnon from infectious agents carried in meat and against overdose of iron and other metals that are relatively abundant in flesh compared with plants.

"Our results strongly suggest that wild chimpanzees exchange meat for sex on a long-term basis." - Cristina Gomes

At some point in history Cro-Magnon began to eat the flesh of animals.

Violence is a common Cro-Magnon heritage due simply to the fact Cro-Magnon have genes to digest flesh.

Human beings, granted life by the Creator and Sustainer, understand the taking of flesh to be a necessary evil done only for sustenance.

The attitude of group superiority proscribes a social law in which it is acceptable for individual members of the social group to commit violent acts in the name of and for the benefit of the social group outside the taking of life for sustenance.
If a social culture believes itself to be a civil then, by reason of Natural Law, it would not glorify the unnecessary taking of life.

Glorification of violence, especially frequently used institutionalized violence, is not what citizens of a 'free', 'just' and 'compassionate' society would expect to be common traits of the institutional cultural establishments of a 'free', 'just' and 'compassionate' culture.

The myth that institutionalized violence will 'shock and awe' the evil doer into submission, when expedient, is causing the American psyche to become ever more predatory.

Domination by human predators entranced by the Wetiko revolution respond to the false need to "pacify" those branded as "other." In narcissistic satisfaction thay pat themsleves on the back in self-congratulation.

"Our responsibility to history is already clear: to answer these attacks and rid the Earth of evil." George Walker Bush, National Security Strategy 2002



1993 Robert Meyrowitz* brings extreme fighting to America with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Robert Meyrowitz first sells extreme fighting to pay-per-view providers through his company Semaphore Entertainment Group. Robert Meyrowitz also brought Ozzy Osbourne into America's living room.

1996 "The cumulative impact of violence-laden imagery can lead to a "mean-world" perspective, in which viewers have an unrealistically dark view of life." - The Christian Science Monitor, November 18, 1996

1997 "People are concerned about this race to the bottom. They wonder if there even is a bottom. I do, too." - FCC, Michael J. Copps 01/07

"American kids want to relate to something. American kids want something edgy. American kids are looking for identity, something that makes them feel tough." - Jeff Clark, president North County Fight Club 01/07

"Violence is like the nicotine in cigarettes. The reason why the media has to pump ever more violence into us is because we've built up a tolerance. In order to get the same high, we need ever-higher levels. The television industry has gained its market share through an addictive and toxic ingredient." - Lt. Col. David Grossman

"The debate is over! For the last three decades, the one predominant finding in research on the corporate media is that exposure to media portrayals of violence increases aggressive behavior in children." - American Psychiatric Association



Millgram Experiment

Americans generally do not regard themselves as arrogant, abusive, violent, mean, petty and ignoble. Empirical verifiable social scientific evidence suggests otherwise.

Yale psychology professor Stanley Milgram had individuals apply electric shocks in a training experiment for incorrect answers. Participants were asked to turn the voltage up, even to where the dial read "danger," a point at which the victim could be heard screaming. Although often reluctant, two-thirds of the subjects continued to follow orders to administer shocks.

The Milgram Obedience Experiment


Stanford psychology professor Philip G. Zimbardo initiated an experiment in which participating Stanford students were designated either as prisoners or guards, with guards told to maintain order. The project had to be prematurely terminated as the guards for no apparent motivation other than fulfilling their roles becoming uncomfortably abusive toward the prisoners.

Violence on broadcast television began approaching "epidemic proportions," surging 75% between 1998 and 2005.

"Media violence causes aggressive and antisocial behavior, desensitize viewers to future violence and increase perceptions that they are living in a mean and dangerous world. Children younger than 8 cannot uniformly discriminate between real life and fantasy/entertainment. They quickly learn that violence is an acceptable solution to resolving even complex problems, particularly if the aggressor is the hero." - American Academy of Pediatrics

"Violence is a built-in feature of our worldview; it is implicit in our conception of ourselves as separate beings in a universe of discrete others competing for survival; moreover the objectification of other beings, species, people, and the earth itself enables and legitimizes violence toward them.

It is when we get lost in the manmade realm of abstractions - statistics, names of countries, figures in accounting ledgers - and believe them to be real that we end up perpetrating violence. The increasing ubiquity of depictions of graphic violence and diabolical cruelty in the entertainment media have inured us to violent or tragic images even when they are not fictitious.

The endemic exposure to violence in our culture desensitizes us. The suffering of others takes on an unreality, without which we could never continue to perpetrate it. Violence seems not to be violence when it is only a weed, only an animal, only a savage, only an enemy, only a thing." - adapted from Charles Eisenstein
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Americans have been fed a ponerologic vision of reality.

Americans ponerologic vision of reality is rooted in the idea of American exceptionalism, of our unique mission to inspire and transform the Earth.


cheerleaders of this vision include:

Abraham Lincoln

spoke of the America as the "last best hope of Earth"

John F. Kennedy

urged us to "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship"

Ronald Reagan

cast America as a "shining city on a hill, " illuminating the Earth"



American exceptionalism

the myth of just war

"Violence is a symptom of a wounded spirit." - Charles Eisenstein

War is a turning away from God and the sanctity and preservation of life !

War fosters alienation which inevitably leads to nihilism.

War is necrophilia, pure blood lust.

The truth about war comes out, but usually too late.

The essence of war is death.

chessboard pawns


Americans, assured by those that create war that truth has no bearing on the gloriously violent enterprise of war, see the war in Iraq only through the distorted lens of conquers.

Embedded 'reporters', dependent on the military for food, transportation and security, have a natural and understandable tendency, one I have myself felt, to protect those who are protecting them. They are not allowed to report outside of the unit and are, in effect, captives. Embedded 'reporters' have no relationships with the occupied, essential to all balanced reporting of conflicts, but only with the American Marines and soldiers who drive through desolate mud-walled towns and pump grenades and machine gun bullets into houses, leaving scores of nameless dead and wounded in their wake.

Embedded 'reporters' admire and laud these fighters for their physical courage and feel protected by the jet fighters, the heavy artillery and throaty rattle of machine guns - but rarely experience the reality of slaughter. Nearly every embedded war correspondent sees his or her mission as sustaining civilian and army morale.



war is about money and power

"Mythology surrounding warfare needs to move beyond the facile imagery of pure goodness confronting pure evil in a pure contest with a pure outcome. Such rectitude exists only on movie screens, not in the realworld." - Micheal Bess, Vanderbilt University

"Americans are fed the myth of war.

The myth of war, the myth of glory, the myth of honor sells newspapers and boosts television ratings, real war reporting creates peace marches.

In war time, as Senator Hiram Johnson reminded us in 1917, "truth is the first casualty."

All our knowledge of the war in Iraq has to be viewed as lacking the sweep and depth that will come one day when a small Iraqi boy reaches adulthood and unfolds for us the sad and tragic story of the invasion and bloody occupation of Iraq.

I have spent most of my adult life in war. My life has been deformed by the organized industrial violence that year after year was an intimate part of my existence. I have watched young men bleed to death on lonely Central American dirt roads and cobblestone squares in Sarajevo. I have looked into the eyes of mothers, kneeing over the lifeless and mutilated bodies of their children. I have stood in warehouses with rows of corpses, including children, and breathed death into my lungs.

I carry within me the ghosts of those I worked with, my comrades in war, now long gone, dead and buried.

In war time all human beings become objects, objects either to gratify or destroy or both. No one is immune. The contagion of the crowd sees to that.

"Force," Simone Weil wrote, "is as pitiless to the man who possess it, or thinks he does, as it is to his victims. The second it crushes; the first it intoxicates."

This myth, the lie of human beings as objects, about Americans as perfect heroes, is imploding American democracy.

Americans shun introspection and self-criticism. Americans ignore truth, to embrace the strange, disquieting certitude and hubris offered by the radical imperialist Christian right about a war between good and evil.

As the long war on terror grinds on forever ignorarrogant Americans sink into the morass of the corporate media embrace of the God of War, Yahweh.

Yahweh deforms human spirtual essence causing the Eternal Soul to strive for MICE culture.



Lavoy Vinicum


Americans who stand up and find the moral courage to condemn the God of War are considered unpatriotic and shot dead with their hands in the air.

True Christians, those fighting the mindset of the Wetiko revolution like Lavoy Finicum, are branded as heretics for fighting evil, refusing to worship Yahweh and living in MICE culture.

The attacks on the World Trade Center, the dramatic explosions, the fireballs, the victims plummeting to their deaths, the collapse of the towers in Manhattan, were straight out of Talmudwood.

Americans delivered incendiary messages in Dresden, Hiroshima, Vietnam and Serbia. After the attacks on the World Trade Center Americans delivered incendiary messages in Afghanistan and Iraq.

McGeorge Bundy, ghostwriter for Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, claimed the bombing of Hiroshima was a meaningful message sent to Japan which saved American lives. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (former World Bank and Ford Inc. CEO) in the summer of 1965 authorized the bombing raids that would kill hundreds of thousands of civilians north of Saigon as a means of 'communication' to the Communist regime in Hanoi.

Americans wallow in the myth of war, the myth of glory, the myth of honor, the myth of patriotism and the myth of heroism, words that in the terror and brutality of combat are empty, meaningless and obscene.

Thucydides wrote of Athens' expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others, Athens finally imposed on itself and then Athens died.

If Americans do not confront the lies and hubris told to justify the killing and mask the destruction carried out in the name of the American people in Iraq, if Americans do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of empire and occupation, if Americans continue to allow force and violence to be our primary form of communication, if Americans do not remove from power our flag waving, cross bearing, falsely patriotic versions of the Taliban, Americans will not so much defeat dictators such as Saddam Hussein as become them."

- adapted from Chris Hedges



keeping America safe

the truth of war

"One of the most noble things you can do is kill the enemy." - Major Douglas Zembiec, killed May 10, 2007 while conducting a raid in Baghdad

"War is something so monstrous that it befits wild beasts rather than men, so crazy that the poets even imagine that it is let loose by Furies, so deadly that is sweeps like a plague through the world, so unjust that it is generally best carried on by the worst type of bandit, so impious that it is quite alien to Christ; and yet they leave everything to devote themselves to war alone. Here even decrepit old men can be seen showing the vigour of youths in their prime, undaunted by the cost, unwearied by hardship, not a whit deterred though they turn law, religion, peace, and all humanity completely upside down. And there's no lack of learned sycophants to put the name of zeal, piety, and valour to this manifest insanity, and to think up a means whereby it is possible for a man to draw a murderous sword and plunge it into his brother's vitals without loss of the supreme charity which in accordance with Christ's teaching every Christian owes his neighbour." - Desiderius Erasmus

"Soldiers were taking steroids, Valium, hooked on painkillers, drinking and popping multiple Benzhexol pills (a strong hallucinogenic when abused). They'd go on raids and patrols totally stoned. We're killing the wrong people all the time, and mostly by accident. One guy in my squadron ran over a family with his tank. There's a lot of guys who steal from the Iraqis. Money, family heirlooms, and then they brag about it. Guys would crap into MRE bags and throw them to old men begging for food." - Cliff Hicks, American soldier recently stationed in Iraq




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renditions

Render to Caesar, Extraordinarily

"I helped run the CIA's rendition program. Simply and callously put, covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require killing. Although the covert services can successfully eliminate the enemy leaders, its foot soldiers and civilian supporters are not being wiped out." - Michael F. Scheuer

Six days after the 911 attacks George Walker Bush authorized an unprecedented range of covert action, including renditions, assassinations, disinformation campaigns and cyber attacks against those identified as al-Qa`ida.

The CIA's Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition Group to kidnap people: dressed head to toe in black, including masks, they blindfold and cut the clothes off captives, administer an enema and sleeping drugs; they transport their victims to a detention facility operated by cooperative "allies", including Afghanistan, or one of the CIA's own covert prisons, a "black site."

After the 911 attacks, the staff of the Counter Terrorist Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300 to 1,200 nearly overnight. J. Cofer Black embraced a "Talmudwood model" of operations which played well with George Walker Bush, where the president was keeping a scorecard of captured or killed terrorists.

Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born Australian citizen kidnapped in Pakistan in October 2001 was sent to Egypt for interrogation where he was burned by cigarettes, given electric shocks and beaten.

Mohamedou Oulad Slahi, a Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned himself in to the Mauritanian police 18 days after the 911 attacks because Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard the Americans were looking for him. Mohamedou Oulad Slahi was spirited to Jordan, where he spent eight months undergoing interrogation.

Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by Indonesia authorities in January 2002, was flown to Egypt for interrogation. Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni was then tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.

Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen, stated, "I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and wearing masks. They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet. With knives or scissors they took away my clothes. In silence. The beating was just to humiliate me, to hurt me, to make me afraid, to make me silent. They stripped me naked. I was terrified. They tried to take off my pants. I tried to stop them so they beat me again. I was humiliated. And when I was naked I heard a camera."

The first night Khaled el-Masri was kicked and beaten and warned by an interrogator: "You are here in a country where no one knows about you, in a country where there is no law. If you die, we will bury you, and no one will know."

Khaled el-Masri's passport analysis by Office of Technical Services concluded the passport was genuine.

The CIA had imprisoned the wrong man. A reverse rendition was suggested. Return Khaled el-Masri to Macedonia and release him. There would be no trace. No airplane tickets. Nothing. No one would believe him.

On the day of his release, the prison's director, who Khaled el-Masri believed was an American, told him that he had been held because he "had a suspicious name."

A Macedonia bus driver has confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken away by border guards on the date he gave investigators. A forensic analysis of Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the period he says he was in the prison. Flight logs show a plane registered to a CIA front company flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled el-Masri says he was flown to Afghanistan. A Boeing subsidiary, Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., provided flight planning and logistical support with the full knowledge it was profiting from what one senior company official openly described as "torture flights."

Khaled el-Masri's lawsuit against the federal government was first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by the Supreme Court in October 2007. The first judge and the Supreme Court justices honored the request of the George Walker Bush administration to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that trying the case would reveal secret classified information about American actions in the 'war on terror' and thus provide material support to the terrorists.

"The more I heard about the imprisonment of Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and imprisoned for over five months by the CIA, the more sick to my stomach I became. What ever happened to justice, honor and decency? If you wonder why people hate us, this is it. The George Walker Bush administration is refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding behind "state secrets." It makes me embarrassed to call myself an American." - Cpl. Robert A. Pratt, Marine Corp

"It is incredible that Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped by United States government agents, abused and transported to Afghanistan for torture in a secret prison, then dumped on an Albanian hillside five months later when agents realized he was not the right person. This sounds more like the behavior of Nazi Germany or Augusto Pinochet's Chile. The US has become a rogue nation, one that believes it alone has the right to disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations. The state secrets defense, born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its lies and ineptitude in the US vs. Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become an easy way for the government to avoid accountability." - Alex Murray

"El-Masri's ordeal received front-page media coverage throughout the world and has been the subject of criminal and intergovernmental investigations in Europe. His allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony and physical evidence. Nonetheless, when we brought suit against former CIA Director George Tenet and others seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri, the George Walker Bush administration insisted the case be dismissed because any litigation of the claims would reveal state secrets. The government's argument prevailed, and the Supreme Court declined to intervene. As the law stands, the US can engage in torture, declare it a state secret and, by virtue of that designation alone, avoid any accountability for conduct that violates the Constitution and universal human rights guarantees. A broad range of executive misconduct has been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner

"Extraordinary renditions are utterly inconsistent with our broader foreign policy goals of promoting democracy and the rule of law, the very foundations of civil society. These practices have brought America universal condemnation and have frustrated our efforts to work in a concerted way with our allies in fighting terrorism. They also yield no good intelligence.

Up until November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary" renditions and not a single one has been convicted of a crime. These renditions have undermined our very commitment to fundamental American values. These fundamental American values are what define us a people, as a nation. When we allow our government to undermine them, we undermine everything we stand for, everything we are.

Look at the case of Khaled El-Masri, an innocent man kidnapped and brought to Afghanistan by the CIA where he was brutally interrogated and then dumped off in the Albanian countryside. Nations across the globe envy our commitment to freedom and the rule of law. But they are appalled at our hypocrisy when we betray those values." - Congressman William Delahunt

"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence

George Tenet, told the 911 Commission that even before 911 the US had abducted more than 70 foreigners it considered terrorists - a process George Walker Bush administration has declared legal under the label "extraordinary rendition".




denounce pacificism

"Let us not forget that violence does not live alone and is not capable of living alone: it is necessarily interwoven with falsehood. Between them lies the most intimate, the deepest of natural bonds. Violence finds its only refuge in falsehood, falsehood its only support in violence. Any man who has once acclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose falsehood as his priciple." - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn


last refuge

Haditha massacre

"One innocent is one too many. We all have their blood on our hands. When will we stop justifying murder in the name of peace." - Murray Rubinstein

Witnesses to the slaying of Iraqi civilians by American Marines in the village of Haditha say the American Marines shot men, women and children at close range in retaliation for the death of a Marine lance corporal in a roadside bombing.

Aws Fahmi, a Haditha resident watched and listened as American Marines went from house to house killing members of three families.

Aws Fahmi heard Younis Salim Khafif plead in English for his life and the lives of his family members.

"I heard Younis speaking to the American Marines, saying: 'I am friend. I am good,' they killed him, his wife and daughters."- Aws Fahmi

The girls killed inside Younis Salim Khafif's house were ages 14, 10, 5, 3 and 1.

Abdul Hamid Hassan Ali, 76; Khamisa Tuma Ali, 66 (wife); Iman, 8; Abdul Rahman, 5; Abdullah, 4; were killed in the house next door.

Khafif, 43; Aeda Yasin Ahmed, 41; a son, 8 and five young daughters and an infant were killed in the third house.

Only 13-year-old Safa Younis lived - saved by her mother's blood spilling onto her making her look dead.
One marine claimed that in a pistol fire fight while unloading his pistol he shot three Iraqs in the head. (Trained by Clint Eastwood!)

"Democracy assassinated the family that was here" - graffiti seen later on one of the houses

Warplanes conducted airstrikes, dropping 500-pound bombs on more than one house to cover up the massacre.

"In addition to the American Marines' individual actions, "jets dropped 500- pound bombs". The buck for the "total breakdown in morality and leadership" doesn't stop with a single unit of stressed out, third tour of duty American Marines. It stops at the very top, with George Walker Bush." - Jess Winfield

"Haditha holds a mirror up not just to American troops in the field but to our whole society. Not just to the liars in government but to those that believe them too easily. It is past time for Americans to summon the civil courage to face what is being done in their name and refuse to be accomplices." - Daniel Ellsberg


perpetual war

My Lai

The soldiers found no insurgents in the village of My Lai on the morning of March 16, 1968. One platoon led by Lt. William Calley, killed hundreds of civilians - primarily old men, women, children, and babies. Some were tortured or raped. Dozens were herded into a ditch and executed with automatic firearms.

In the spring of 1972, the survivors of the My Lai massacre, were "accidently" slaughtered by "friendly" airstrikes and artillery bombardment.



No Gun Ri

In the chaotic early days of the Korean War, groups of refugees fleeing a North Korean advance attempted to cross American lines despite warning shots. Up to 400 refuges, mostly women and children, were shot in one incident because American soldiers suspected the group contained Communist gunmen. A document found in the National Archives in April 2007 noted that the army had a policy of shooting approaching civilians. A memo, dated July 25, 1950, from the United States Fifth Air Force regarding "Policy on Strafing Civilian Targets", written by USAF Colonel Turner C. Rogers recalls that, "the army has requested that we strafe all civilian refugee parties that are noted approaching our positions," and that, "to date, we have complied with the army request in this regard."

In 1999 the New York Times reported that 30 South Korean survivors and relatives of victims had filed a lawsuit in 1997 that "described a three-day period of killing, saying that American planes had strafed hundreds of refugees who were fleeing from North Korean troops, leaving about 100 people dead. The survivors fled under the bridge, where they said they were pinned by American troops who shot and killed almost all the refugees." The suit was rejected on a technicality.(The technicality is might makes right!)


Haditha, My Lai and No Gun Ri massacres raise serious questions about how
often incidents like this occur and are successfully covered up by airstrikes.


debreifed

Gun Control in 47 Seconds

The Assault Weapon Myth

64% of gun deaths in U.S. are suicides

Startling gun violence fact: Suicide is more likely than homicide

How the Nazis Used Gun Control

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

Father Twice Told Uzi Too Powerful for 8-Year-old Christopher Bizilj

The archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group, made up of staff members assigned to General William C. Westmoreland, filed at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland substantiated 300 atrocities which included: seven massacres from 1967 through 1971 in which at least 137 civilians died; seventy-eight other attacks on noncombatants in which at least 57 were killed, 56 wounded and 15 sexually assaulted; One hundred forty-one instances in which American soldiers tortured civilian detainees or prisoners of war with fists, sticks, bats, water or electric shock.

Members of a reconnaissance platoon swept through the Que Son Valley, burning homes, slaughtering animals and clearing civilians. Members of the platoon killed: an unarmed boy standing outside a cluster of huts; three women and three children in a hut; executed an elderly woman and a baby; raped a woman and a young girl and then executed civilian detainees. The unit reported the victims as enemy killed in action.

On the same day as the massacre at My Lai, American soldiers from the same division killed an undetermined number of women and children in neighboring My Khe. American soldiers tossed grenades into shelters and shot women, and children as they ran for cover or tried to flee. Over the next three days, members of the unit burned three sub-hamlets to the ground and tortured detainees with electric shocks. The unit reported 39 enemy combatants killed but recovered no weapons and suffered no casualties.

An American helicopter "hunter-killer" team attacked a village in Cambodia with rockets and machine gun fire, killing eight civilians, including two children, and wounding 15. After the attack, an American captain landed with a platoon of South Vietnamese troops. No enemy weapons or other war materiel were found. The troops provided no medical treatment to the wounded and made off with "large quantities of civilian property, including tobacco, poultry, and radios, and the American captain returned to the aircraft with a motorcycle."

The documents, archives of the Vietnam War Crimes Working Group have now been reclassified "secret" and removed from the public domain.

"It is almost impossible for a Marine warrior to take on the mantle of benevolent overseer. When American soldiers are sent out to kill the enemy, and then become the force of an occupying power where there is no force monopoly, atrocities are inevitable. It happened in Vietnam War; it is happening in Iraq. The problem is exacerbated by being in an alien culture with overextended tours of duty. The tension of being constantly on guard against ambush and death, of not being able to respond with a trained warrior's need to act with decisive force, develops enormous pressures. It does not take a psychiatrist to deduce that among 150,000 men and women, something or someone has got to give to release that pressure. I do not believe we can bully people into our form of democracy; we can only corrupt our own." - Robert Silver

"Truly reducing violence involves changing hearts and minds. Black power activist H. Rap Brown said that "violence is as American as cherry pie." Indeed, it's everywhere, from our popular culture to our geopolitics. Challenging our culture's obsession with death and destruction takes swords-into-plowshares leadership, and if you haven't noticed, Isaiahs are in short supply." - Diane Winston



war is a racket

war is a racket

War is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small "inside" group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

In the World War a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the US during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.

How many of these war millionaires shouldered a rifle? How many of them dug a trench? How many of them knew what it meant to go hungry in a rat-infested dug-out? How many of them spent sleepless, frightened nights, ducking shells and shrapnel and machine gun bullets? How many of them parried a bayonet thrust of an enemy? How many of them were wounded or killed in battle?

Three steps must be taken to smash the war racket:

We must take the profit out of war;
We must permit those who would bear arms to decide whether or not there should be war;
We must limit our military forces to home defense purposes.

The chief aim of any power of disarmament conferences has not been to achieve disarmament to prevent war but rather to get more armament. Professional soldiers and sailors don't want to disarm. No admiral wants to be without a ship. No general wants to be without a command. They are not for disarmament. They cannot be for limitations of arms. And at all these conferences, lurking in the background but all-powerful, just the same, are the sinister agents of those who profit by war. They see to it that these conferences do not disarm or seriously limit armaments.

Yes, ships will continue to be built, for the shipbuilders must make their profits. And guns still will be manufactured and powder and rifles will be made, for the munitions makers must make their huge profits. And the soldiers, of course, must wear uniforms, for the manufacturer must make their war profits too.

There is only one way to disarm with any semblance of practicability. That is for all nations to get together and scrap every ship, every gun, every rifle, every tank, every war plane. " - Major General Smedley Darlington Butler USMC - medals for heroism, the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Medal of Honor (2)




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This website defines a new perspective with which to engage reality to which its author adheres. The author feels that the falsification of reality outside personal experience has created a populace unable to discern propaganda from reality and that this has been done purposefully by an international corporate cartel through their agents who wish to foist a corrupt version of reality on the human race. Religious intolerance occurs when any group refuses to tolerate religious practices, religious beliefs or persons due to their religious ideology. This web site marks the founding of a system of philosophy named The Truth of the Way of Life - a rational gnostic mystery religion based on reason which requires no leap of faith, accepts no tithes, has no supreme leader, no church buildings and in which each and every individual is encouraged to develop a personal relation with the Creator and Sustainer through the pursuit of the knowledge of reality in the hope of curing the spiritual corruption that has enveloped the human spirit. The tenets of The Truth of the Way of Life are spelled out in detail on this web site by the author. Violent acts against individuals due to their religious beliefs in America is considered a "hate crime."

This web site in no way condones violence. To the contrary the intent here is to reduce the violence that is already occurring due to the international corporate cartels desire to control the human race. The international corporate cartel already controls the world economic system, corporate media worldwide, the global industrial military entertainment complex and is responsible for the collapse of morals, the elevation of self-centered behavior and the destruction of global ecosystems. Civilization is based on cooperation. Cooperation does not occur at the point of a gun.

American social mores and values have declined precipitously over the last century as the corrupt international cartel has garnered more and more power. This power rests in the ability to deceive the populace in general through corporate media by pressing emotional buttons which have been preprogrammed into the population through prior corporate media psychological operations. The results have been the destruction of the family and the destruction of social structures that do not adhere to the corrupt international elites vision of a perfect world. Through distraction and coercion the direction of thought of the bulk of the population has been directed toward solutions proposed by the corrupt international elite that further consolidates their power and which further their purposes.

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