Murray Polner: Many women have always played crucial roles supporting, worrying about, and grieving for their family members while others have actively opposed our historic addiction for war. Some of the women I write about here are fairly well-known but others are not.
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.
Lawrence Wittner: The nuclear weapons modernization program is particularly startling when set against President Obama’s April 2009 pledge to build a nuclear weapons-free world.
Steve Crandall: I am a strong advocate against putting assault weapons in the hands of civilians and often wonder if Ted Nugent, Wayne La Pierre or Donald Trump would share my views about ownership of assault weapons had they served in Viet Nam.
Kathy Kelly: Afghanistan has become a “proving ground” where different “protective” systems have been tested, including successive generations of Predator and Reaper drones and the aerostat “blimps.”
David Krieger: The US and the other eight nuclear-armed countries are quick to point fingers at North Korea, but slow to recognize their own role in fanning the flames of nuclear catastrophe.
Laura Finley: In addition to exercising more, spending more time with family and all the other things we vow to do annually, perhaps we can vow to take more seriously the call to reduce violence in all its forms.
Tom Hastings: John McCain frequently justifies his most war whacky ideas with, “I’d rather fight them over there than fight them here.” As if those are the two choices. As if presenting a non sequitur null set false dichotomy is a response would ever work.
Kathy Kelly: The path out of war seems to involve creating peace where we can, in earnest community with people whose basic needs aren’t met.
Carolyn Coe: They have descended from homes built on the mountainside. Women sit together in the cemetery not to mourn but to wait for the duvet distribution to begin.
Mel Gurtov: There is no end in sight to the US at war, both because the Pentagon has found the perfect enemy and because no one in Congress is willing to stand up to it.
Janet Phelan: It has recently come to light that the Pentagon FedExed live anthrax to all 50 states and to nine foreign countries.
Jack Rothman: American officials have to find a wise way to protect our citizens, while avoiding generating a legion of blowback recruits bent on wreaking retaliatory destruction on the American shore.
John Marciano: Having suffered enough, why should the people of this community be expected to find the financial resources to pay for expenses incurred during the recent massacre?