Mairead Maguire: Inventing a foe to sell military ambitions is still the most dangerous of games.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
WJ Astore: When Americans say they admire and trust the military, what they mean, perhaps, is they appreciate the spirit of service and sacrifice of the troops, while reserving judgment on presidents and generals.
Maya Evans: The Afghan march, which is believed to be the first of its kind, is asking for a long-term ceasefire between warring parties and the withdrawal of foreign troops.
Kevin B. Anderson: The ascendancy of such a retrogressive figure to the top of the political system signals instead the first modern democracy’s degeneration toward corruption and barbarism, that is, toward fascism.
Kary Love: I see no rational basis for Total War only the primitive, bestial urge to destruction usually associated with rabid animals or the suicidally insane. In either case, not wise.
Tom Hastings: Some of the most powerful boycotts in nonviolent history occurred in the New England colonies against the British Crown.
WJ Astore: Today, America’s wars never end. Retired generals like David Petraeus spout gibberish about the wisdom of a “sustainable sustained commitment” to the war in Afghanistan, with the Pentagon babbling on about “long” and “generational” campaigns, as if prolonging wars for less-than-vital causes is a sign of U.S. strength.
Kathy Kelly: War profiteers deliver hellish realities and futile prospects, but the Afghan Peace Volunteers have not given up on bettering their country.
Kathy Kelly: During vigils at the Naval Base, in front of the detention center and at the District Court House, we hold banners, one of which says “Disarm Trident, Love One Another.”
Lawrence Wittner: Trump himself, of course, has not only displayed an alarmingly high level of mental instability, impulsiveness, and vindictiveness, but a rather cavalier attitude toward using nuclear weapons.
Peter Dreier: “The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and all to lose—especially their lives.”
Kathy Kelly: The walkers are calling on warring parties in Afghanistan to end the war. Most of the men making the journey are wearing sandals.
America is incredibly profligate in war. We spend like drunken sailors (or pilots) on everything to the biggest and most destructive weapons to bubble gum and comic books for the troops.