Sunday, February 13, 2011

No More War

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country. ~ Hermann Goering, in an interview from his jail cell with American psychologist Gustav Gilbert during the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
War becomes perpetual when it’s used as a rationale for peace. ~ Norman Solomon, writer and media critic 
from War Made Easy (2007)
A time comes when silence is betrayal, and that time has come for us...Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war...and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government...What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe...Now there is little left to build on, save bitterness...we are met by a deep but understandable mistrust. To speak for them is to explain this lack of confidence in Western words, and especially their distrust of American intentions now...The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve...This way of settling differences is not just...A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death...Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now...I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours. ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., excerpts from Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence

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