Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

December 28, 2013

2014, Can We Stop The Slaughter?

May 27, 2003: An Iraqi child jumps over Shi’ite remains discovered in a mass grave south of Baghdad and brought to a school for identification. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

 

2014 was the call from the president to disengage from Afghanistan, we shall see if this becomes reality. Other parts of the world are burning as well though. South Sudan, the Congo, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine/Israel; not to mention tremendous problems here at home and in Asia. Can we bring people together?

The recent slaughter of Christians in Iran is an atrocity, what will, or can the world do to stand down from all of these,  and other horrors that inflicted upon innocent people? Insane “leaders” are demanding blood for some supposed travesty thrust upon them by others, which in some cases this is true, after all the Iraq/Afghanistan wars begun by bush and his idiocracy is a primer for recruiting maniacs from all sides. Suicide bombers on one side and a misguided military adventure that is little more than an attempt to expand an empire built on energy acquisition, essentially fossil fuels that are destroying the planet in more ways than an increase in CO2. Massive kills in spawning areas for fish and other sea creatures; unknown conditions of older pipelines that burst and spill out into places where humans and other forms of life are facing an immediate threat. The lust for oil soaked lucre is great and it is paid for in human blood.

We need to come together as a society and put an end to the inequality that has brought us to the brink of a world war as huge companies run over people to make a profit that does not go to the shareholder, but rather to the officers who must have hearts made of ice, pathologically looking at our earth as a game board that they can move about at will leaving nothing but death and destruction in their wake.

We must empower ourselves by coming together, all races, religions and elements of humanity need to draw close to one another so that we can fight against the complex that has evolved exists only to take and never give back. My fear is that there many problems with  egos that must be overcome, leaders emerge in various areas, but often these leaders don’t understand how to delegate and inevitably get bogged down, we need people with ideas and people who can carry those ideas forward. Breaking the current system will take a great deal of willpower and motivation, but we can do it if we come together, we will be an unstoppable force for good.

When we come together,we can see each other as we are, human beings sharing a single planet where each person should be treated fairly and equitably, with dignity and respect. We are on the cusp of revolution, we must ensure it is a bloodless revolution while holding those responsible for these debacles, trying them if they are criminals and taking from them not just their freedom, but their spoils as well, for they are modern day pirates and thieves. We must build a system of justice that takes into account not just the petty criminal, but the those who wield power with the money they have stolen from other, into the billions of dollars.

We have not much longer to go before we foul the planet to the point where our very existence is in doubt. Our fists must become open hands and we must learn to come closer through interaction. We can do this, let’s get started.

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December 27, 2013

1st Annual Activist Ball of Boston

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The 1st Annual Activist Ball of Boston

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Come join us as we make new friends a rekindle friendships from the past. I am hoping to see many people come together for a beautiful Winter Night of entertainment and the warmth of the Activist Community!

December 25, 2013

The Christmas Truce of 1914

 

 

On Christmas Eve, 1914, to the astonishment of French and British forces along the Western front, 5 months into The Great War, the strains of Stille Nacht, (Silent Night)came from the German trenches. Small trees with candles were placed on embankments. The British and French responded in their native tongues and the beginning of a truce was born. On Christmas day, some Germans emerged from their positions, unarmed and invited the British and French to meet on middle ground, “No Man’s Land”. There were exchanges of various kinds, chocolates, coffee, cigarettes, food. Discussions were begun on why this war was being fought in the first place; the line soldiers always question the orders from those who give them but never have to actually fight the battles. At this point, The Great War was in a position to end, armies ready to stack arms realizing they had more in common than differences.

 

Documented soccer games were played, the air was filled with what we would call military chivalry, the last time such an attitude would exist in war. WWI might have ended shortly after this truce with combatants refusing to fight on. But it was not to be so, a British Captain fired a shot and killed a German soldier, under orders from those who would never see the carnage from their HQ’s in chateaus, those who gave the orders would never come close to the trenches until well after the battles were over and the fields cleared of the dead and maimed. Just under 4 years later, with millions dead and destroyed physically and mentally, then war would end in a rail car with the Central Powers surrendering to the Allies. The terms of which were dictated by Field Marshal Foch set the stage for WWII. Foch wanted to crush Germany economically and he succeeded, the flu of 1918 added to the carnage, leaving just enough Europeans to repopulate and fight in the next generation, a mere 20 year later, on 1 Sept 1939, a former corporal in the German Army, born in Austria, sent some German soldiers, in Polish uniforms into Poland and had them fire into German territory creating the opportunity for hundreds of millions more to die around the world. Hitler could hold a grudge.

 

“The War To End All Wars”, has kept war going for 100 years. We should have gone far beyond this by now, learning that Peace is the great equalizer; we seem incapable of getting past our willingness to kill each other. We are a sad excuse for a species.

 

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