Donald Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, and event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion. He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine. But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun.
Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario. The war machine has been geared up on invading Syria for years. It is so frustrating to watch the proxies muck around. And please be aware that, whatever you may read, the Russians and Chinese are taking this action very seriously. However, unlike our own government, they don’t act without intelligence, consideration and a plan.
If you think this is about a chemical gas attack, then please read Ray McGovern’s prescient article, The Sarin ‘False Flag’ Lesson, from last December. Apparently, we didn’t get it.
So what can we do?
Guest Post by Doug Noble of Metrojustice Peace Action and Education
AN OPEN LETTER ON THE PROPOSED MILITARY ACADEMY
For those of you who will be deciding on the proposed Military Academy in the RCSD (Rochester City School District), please be aware that your deliberations take place within a national mindset that glorifies everything military, deserving or not. The military’s own multi-billion-dollar advertising campaigns, such as the one paying millions to the NFL to publicly glorify soldiers at football games, fuel this mindset.
So the US military can still claim to be the finest fighting force in the world, despite its latest string of ignominious failures from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. And the military remains an exemplar of discipline and character, despite a sordid record of civilian atrocities, hospital bombings, drone massacres, pervasive rape, and other unchecked violence and misbehavior.
And the military still exemplifies leadership, despite recent accounts by former generals that chronicle a culture of mediocrity, cover-up and ineptitude throughout the higher levels of military command. An extensive review of the Defense Department’s own worldwide DoDEA (Department of Defense Education Actions) school system cited an overall lack of confidence in its bureaucratic management style and an absence of strong leadership. As for cost-effectiveness in training, a $500 million Pentagon program designed to train 5,000 Syrian rebels ended up after a year training only “four or five.”
Guest post by Rob Mulford, cross-posted from the News-Miner Community Perspective
The Daily News Miner of Interior Alaska, Jan 3, 2016
Editor’s note: I met Rob in Pakistan where we both participated in a peace delegation which took us into Waziristan and gave us an opportunity to talk to people from different segments of society in Pakistan. Rob has been watching the growth of the drone program in Alaska, and his initiative to infiltrate the planning has resulted in an inside perspective on the overweening hubris behind US militarism and the imperialist drive to rule the world.
An Inside View of the Military Planners
In December 2011, I attended the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA) Special Operations Summit in Tampa, Florida, a yearly event held for the military, private contractors and government agencies involved intelligence and special operations. I did this surreptitiously as a control systems integrator. The conference forbade members of the press from attending, and we were assured that no one was recording the sessions so the attendees were free to openly discuss their clandestine programs.
Guest Post by Hank Stone of Rochester Peace Action and Education and Genesee Valley Citizens for Peace.. I read an article entitled: “Why mass shootings don’t convince gun owners to support gun control.” The writer observes that each new mass shooting looks to gun control folks like a reason to regulate guns. But the same event looks to gun rights […]
Paris caused a devastated western society to gasp in horror. Nearly 150 dead, the second massacre in Paris this year. Mainstream newspapers and social media published photos of victims on the internet. It is true, as the Quran implies, that every life in it’s unique perfection is the equal of all lives. But there is something to be said for noting, at the very least, every life stolen by unjust wars and terrorism. In that light, let us consider the following
The city is on fire with talk about photonics, a new technology coming to Rochester in the kind of form that I must say I find difficult to envision in a positive way. Of late, Rochester has fallen on hard times following the demise of once prosperous corporations that employed large numbers of individuals at all levels. So, the opportunity […]
Guest post by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers, International. George follows local and global issues, and has a radio show on Rochester Free Radio called The Broken Spear. The $600 million photonics hub promises to create manufacturing jobs and spur innovation in the science of light, robotics and medical imagery. Senator Charles Schumer has stated: By combining the academic […]
An Ugly Truth Surfaces in Ferguson It was a long hot summer for the black youth of St. Louis this year. After 18 year old Michael Brown was killed by a white Police Officer in a St Louis Suburb, the people in the neighborhood stood up and said a resounding ‘NO’ to racists violence perpetrated by a largely white police […]
I came across this great video of anti-zionist Hassidic Jews at a pro-Palestine demonstration in London. They are young and articulate and very clear in their message:
Those of us who went to observe the Syrian election were dispersed across the country on Election Day. Some went to cities in the war zones like Homs, Aleppo and Sweita. For whatever reason, I chose to go to Tartous. I want to see some ordinary people in a part of the country that was not under continuous threat. I […]