War is sold to citizens through hate and fear propaganda. Those who benefit are the power elite and their arms makers. Those who lose are the rest of humanity and the planet.
With the 1989 demise of a worldwide Soviet “Communist threat” what logical reason remains for spending $2 billion daily? “Global terrorism” will feed our insatiable appetite for arming not only ourselves, but the entire planet. “9/11” is the new tripwire for universal militarism in the absence of global communism.
During his brief visit to the USA Pope Francis mentioned three prophetic individuals whose words might penetrate the consciousness of a nation that is considered “weak and vulnerable” by several candidates for Commander-In-Chief. The BULLETIN OF ATOMIC SCIENTISTS posts a “Doomsday Clock” on every cover. In 2015 the long hand was moved to three minutes [...]
Thousands of refugees from war, poverty, homelessness in 2015 are pouring into European nations. Hapless victims are spending precious resources paying “transporters” for escape from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and North Africa to strive for a better life in other nations.
Project for a New American Century (PNAC) is a 75-page document drawn up by highly patriotic individuals (“neocons”) in 1997. PNAC is the brain child of Dick Chaney, Donald Rumsfield, Paul Wolfowitz with ex-CIA head George Herbert Walker Bush. Reporters in 2015 hesitate to ask Jeb Bush about his support for PNAC. Other brazen reporters [...]
August 27, 1928 Frank Kellogg from the USA and Aristede Briand from France signed the Kellogg-Briand pact which made war an illegal means of international diplomacy. The biblical mandate “Do not kill” does not have footnotes (exceptions). When one kills another person in their own home or on the nearby street, a heavy penalty follows. [...]
Mothers’ Day in this century is a far distant observation during which Hallmark cards and restaurants profit. Amid the myriads of loving phone calls to the valiant women who brought us into the world, not much time is given to the 1870 Mothers’ Day Proclamation written by Juliet Ward Howe. “We women of one country [...]
Hofstra University held a public hearing on the legacy of President George W. Bush in mid-March. Scholar and outspoken heroine Phyllis Bennis of the Public Policy Institute was seated among former government officials at the event. Bennis personified the claim of George Orwell (1903-1950): “In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a [...]
As New York based students of theology in the 1960’s we enjoyed toying with German phrases such as“weltnschauung” (world view point) or “sitz en leben” (situation in the world) gently poking fun at the German inclination to form big words. However, in March 2015 there was little humor generated by the deliberate crashing of a [...]
A Veteran For Peace whom I met twice was the late Admiral Noel Gaylor. He retired after 45 years of active duty in the US Navy. Gaylor was the most forceful speaker against nuclear weapons I ever heard. With great conviction he declared “The only defense against nuclear weapons is to stop building them.” That [...]