How Much is Enough? Peace Action Board Member Larry Wittner on Pentagon largesse

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Larry Wittner, long-time activist, professor and author, has a terrific op-ed on History News Network on the gigantic U.S. military budget. Check it out and feel free to re-post and forward.

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  • James Rogers

    If we had real peace, there would not only be no war, there would be no preparation for war. The problem is there are some high rankers on the globe who really don’t want war gaming to end because they would stop enriching themselves. Moguls running the movie industry, for example. Remember the great war movies and how many millions of dollars filled their pockets?

    For a long time we’ve been trying to stop the games of war. The warring does not stop, but gets more violent and deadly. Shouldn’t we have realized by now that we’ve been doing the wrong things? We can hardly be unaware that our stupendous efforts at letter writing, telephone calling, meeting attending, peace rallies, persuasive talking and so on are ineffective exercises in futility. We are ignored, the wars continue, and a few million-billionaires get richer because the U.S.American young lives sacrificed on bloody, noisy battlefields make it happen. And richer. How much richer do they get for every innocent person (including the military) killed in wars? A person who invests in wars does not want the wars to stop.
    Anti war rhetoric is as self-contradictory as as the notion that making war will bring an end to warring. What would you call it? Diseased logic? Stupidity? Manifest ignorance? All of these? Or do you prefer another denote? It keeps the focus on war and fear of war, paralyzes creative thought, dooms our efforts at peacemaking to tragic failure, and may be counter-productive because the way we’ve been doing it actually promotes the causes of war.
    That’s a strange thing to say, isn’t it? Reverse psychology, like the forces that drove Patty Hearst to such devotion for her captors that she committed heinous crimes in their behalf when told to do so.
    War games are a human obsession. No other animal goes to war. I consider warring a consequence of intellectual malignancy and, like any other psychological perversion, it can be cured. Presently, even our own efforts, though claiming to be anti-war, not only feed the obsession to violence but intensity it, because we are as caught up in the war-making paradigm vicious cycling as the generals, presidents and kings who order us to sacrifice the youth of U.S.America to the “gods” of war who, interestingly, have ordinary human names, and make millions from it.

    We need to change our strategy. This does not mean stop letter writing, meeting attending, peace rallies, persuasive talking or anything else we do to bring peace to the world. We only have to change the content of our messages from anti-war to meaningful pro-peace exhortation, and thereby open avenues to activities that will indeed bring peace.
    To weaken the obsession with war-making and strengthen the ideology of peace, we must change the way people think and we must target young minds before growth and standard programming make them rigid. As Hillary Clinton said in 1999 in a meeting at the White House, we must “AIM AT THE CHILDREN”. More. We must aim directly at the children with peace-oriented literature and conversation; and indirectly as well as directly at their parents and especially at their teachers. If we can persuade the teachers, our clout will be multiplied manifold. But first we must begin with ourselves. We must learn to think in terms of peace, not of anti-war. Change the vocabulary we use. Absence of war does not equal peace. Absence of war is a time of preparation for the next war. It is an endless cycle that humans have suffered for at least fifteen thousand years. First we must be perfectly clear about what is required. We must accept and organize our lives according to ethics principles. This “shape-change” may sound formidable and indeed, for some people it may be so, but it is really quite simple. We who seek peace in our time must intervene and break the vicious cycle.

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