Friday, August 25, 2006

The Path of Peace


The War Pimping is in high gear these days.

Who would not agree that the Iranians must be stopped?

That they have thumbed their collective nose at the Americans,

at the British, at the French, even the Germans,

The Great Powers, as they would be known.

Why, it is the entire International Community is it not?


By what right do these nuclear powers have the standing

to tell an independent state that they may not have nuclear weapons?

Iran is presently violating no treaties or agreements that I am aware of.

They in fact are following the Non-proliferation treaty,

Even as the US violates it by building bigger and better bunker busters,

in clear violation of the NPT.

The MSM is in another full court press to bring on another war.

As Norman Solomon says in this piece,

"Looking ahead, does anyone credibly think that Democratic Party leaders can be relied on to stand up against rationales for a huge air assault on Iran - in the face of predictable claims that a massive attack has become necessary to forestall the development of nuclear weapons by a Tehran regime that supports the "terrorist" Hezbollah organization and has pledged the destruction of Israel?"

Solomon continues,

In late November 2002, appearing on the "Washington Journal" program, retired US Army general William Odom told C-SPAN viewers: "Terrorism is not an enemy. It cannot be defeated. It's a tactic.

It's about as sensible to say we declare war on night attacks and expect we're going to win that war."

Continuing his heretical comment, Odom said: "We're not going to win the war on terrorism. And it does whip up fear. Acts of terror have never brought down liberal democracies. Acts of parliament have closed a few."

The Bush administration, of course, has bypassed - and frequently vilified - any such insights. Meanwhile, few Democrats on the national stage have gone near challenging the themes of the "war on terror(ism)."

And while some journalists have grown to express skepticism about the nonstop "anti-terror" rhetoric from the White House and its supporters, the overall stance of news media has involved routinely embracing the assumption that the USA is at war with terrorism.

Along the way, that means ignoring how American firepower has been terrorizing civilians - directly in Iraq and Afghanistan, indirectly in the Gaza Strip and Lebanon.

The movie "Good Night, and Good Luck" dramatized Edward R. Murrow's decision to (finally) take on Senator Joseph McCarthy's red-baiting tactics. For those who wonder why so many journalists hung back and declined to directly challenge those tactics, which ran roughshod over the American political process for years, we can look around the US news media of 2006 and get a partial answer.

Yes, we can point to quite a few journalists who have gotten tough on Bush's refusal to address substantive criticism without reverting to the anti-terrorism pitch to tar his critics. But on the whole - and most egregiously in routine news coverage on front pages and news shows - the reporting accepts and propagates the basic world view of the Bush administration."

And this world view is leading the geographic state of the United States to a horrible and very predictable end.

An end that should be contemplated now.

While the Path of Peace is still alive.

The Path of Peace requires that the Christian Nations

be, well, Christian.

We cannot return an "eye for an eye" or a "tooth for a tooth".

Or as the saying goes, we will all be blind and hungry.

The Path to Peace requires that these "Great Powers" embrace

a new ethic.

The same ethic their Master expounded 2 thousand years ago.

If we allow the corporate intestests within these Great Powers to

bring about an attack on Iran and Syria,

If we sow this travesty of common decency,

We will reap the whirlwind of an angry god.

It will not be easy.

Perhaps a hunger strike by a million people.

Perhaps a work stoppage on a scale unheard of before.

Perhaps a shopping ban that brings the economy to its senses.

The Path to Peace will not come from any kind of barrel.

It will come from the heart of compassion.

And the mind of light.

And the very best of our natures.


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