FOREIGN RELATIONS, WAR and peace
War is the ego trip of politicians.
War will be abolished when nationalistic governments are abolished.
The U.S. has supported rightist military tyrants to combat leftist socialist expansion. That's fighting the fire of tyranny with fire, and getting burned. Is this the image American citizens want? Many foreign PEOPLE and SOCIETIES hate us for what our GOVERNMENT is doing; the results are understandably disappointing and counterproductive.
It's time to re-evaluate our premises. If our own government is attacking and enslaving us at home, should we think it's giving a benevolent image abroad? People in other countries resent the U.S. Government meddling in their lives. If our domestic media and other information sources have difficulty sifting through the smoke and mirrors of political deception, imagine what it's like in far away places where freedom, truth and justice are even more elusive.
Why do we even have military forces all over the world acting as trip wires? They reduce our security and invite terrorism-- blowback. Why are we taxing our industries and workers to pay for the defense of foreign countries, then having their products clobber us in the world and domestic marketplace? THAT'S DUMB! Our War Department must be drastically reduced and restricted for the defense of the U.S. only.
The world doesn't want forced American influence and corporate neocolonialism. Buying friends for governments doesn't work any better than individuals trying to purchase friendship. The tyrannies and Death Merchants of the world are using U.S. political power and arsenals to enslave people, as we have done at home.
We should be cooling the fires of tyranny with the cool waters of freedom. Instead of exporting guns, bombs, bullshit and authoritarian concepts, we must project a workable example of individual liberty. The best defense against tyranny in any form--abroad and at home--is not a central authority that can be taken over by a conqueror, but armed citizens that live and breath freedom.
Conflicts between governments are a smoke screen, a facade, a diversionary tactic.
The real war--throughout history, worldwide--is between governments and the individual.
In that aggression, the Russian, American and all other coercive power brokers are ALLIES--and
people, communities and societies also have common interests.
Then the allied power brokers form clubs. The United Nations is a club of oppressive
governments, including the U.S. It's counterproductive for a society based on freedom to
strengthen, support or sanctify such an organization.
The American people must withdraw from all power gangs.
Any bureaucracy will expand its power over a period of time and masks this by publicizing its Good Works.
There may still be some doubters regarding the dangers of the UN. They are
reminded that in the 1780's a similar discussion about the dangers of centralized
authority went into forming the U.S. Constitution.
If we haven't been able to keep it under control,
what makes us think we can do better with the UN or any World Government?
We are patriotically brainwashed by government schools to rally 'round the flag in times of crisis, and this authoritarian training then permeates the media and institutions. So naturally centralized power encourages--yes even provokes --scapegoats and outside threats to further the goal of domination over private interests, especially when political control is failing.
There is a basic, historical, predictable, premeditated connection. Politicians will create a crisis, requiring--they say--patriotism and nationalism, so they can avoid losing power. Paper currency inflation is used to finance war because the people won't and can't pay the taxes to do it. Big banks encourage this process because it gives them more business, profits and power, both at home and abroad.
It's just common sense if you stop to think about it.
Do the workers, farmers and managers of any country want to kill the laborers, growers and supervisors of America?? No! of course not. Just like us, they want to be left alone by the organized criminals of government so
they can live their lives in liberty, prosperity and peace.
"Thank you for your service"
Often heard/herd on talk radio, and elsewhere:
"Thank you for your service."
(Stein 4-22-82 cartoon; copr. NEA, reprint permission requested )
copr. Ron Cobb
lennon [ not Lenin ]
"give peace a chance"
A Cause of War a peace solution
Most of us like to think of ourselves as "peace loving people": we wouldn't consider armed robbery as a solution to a financial shortfall, wouldn't initiate force against others, or condone or support that kind of activity. Yet that behavior has crept into society - in fact permeates it at every level, in every way, in the form of politics.
Perhaps Bill Simon summarized this best: "If you wouldn't confront your neighbor and demand money at the point of a gun to solve every problem that may appear in your life, you shouldn't allow the government to do it for you."
Or as Thomas Jefferson said, "It is strangely absurd to suppose that a million human beings collected together are not under the same moral laws that bind them separately."
Anytime, anywhere, anyone advocates the initiation of force to "solve a problem", they are a cause of war. Aggression or the threat of coercion (taxes and compulsory anything) are acts of war. And these little individual wars, centralized through governments, are the cause, the foundation, the support and sanction of bigger wars.
Are you a cause of war?
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