We Don’t Want War

Saturday, May 06, 2006

We don't want War

I've been talking a lot about the United States Empire in recent posts. This makes people uneasy. Many of us tend to identify with our nation. We hear criticism of our country as criticism of ourselves. When I tell you that Kermit Roosevelt and the CIA overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953 it sounds like I'm saying you're a bad guy.

But as the above quote so clearly illustrates is that we are easy to lead to war. Time and time again we have been coerced, tricked, and fooled into supporting one military adventure after another. Today on Democracy Now it was said that our terrorist training camp, The School of the Americas, has turned out over 60,000 military personel from Latin America. I don't think the average American would be proud to know we operate one of the largest training camps in the world right here at home.

That's why it's so important to know these things, to hear dissenting views, and better understand our history so that we can better change the future. If you think the entire problem is just George W. Bush and his cronies, you'll never change anything. Bush is a symptom of a much larger problem.

I really believe in democracy and self-determination. I believe in the mythic America we all learned about in history class, the one that only went to war for the most noble of reasons. The country that used its wealth to help the poor of the world. The great nation that freed the oppressed and fought for freedom and democracy around the world. The country that believes in human rights. Sure it's a myth, but together we can make that myth a reality. Join the peace movement and make a difference!

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