Monday, March 1, 2010

We May Have Forgotten How Courageous It Was...

The famous speech is reminiscent in some ways of JFK's famous speech to American University, albeit in the obviously later context. They branded him a communist and demonized him in other ways for opposing foreign wars when he called for a free (not coercive) "revolution of values... against poverty, racism and militarism," free international cooperation between nations; he said America is not called by God to be the "messianic policeman of the whole world," and he recalled by example the conviction and admonishen of John Adams who said that America

"...goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own. She will recommend the general cause, by the countenance of her voice, and the benignant sympathy of her example. She well knows that by once enlisting under other banners than her own, were they even the banners of foreign independence, she would involve herself, beyond the power of extrication, in all the wars of interest and intrigue, of individual avarice, envy, and ambition, which assume the colors and usurp the standard of freedom.

Vietnam"The fundamental maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force. The frontlet upon her brows would no longer beam with the ineffable splendor of freedom and independence; but in its stead would soon be substituted an imperial diadem, flashing in false and tarnished lustre the murky radiance of dominion and power. She might become the dictatress of the world: she would be no longer the ruler of her own spirit."---July 4, 1821

Martin Luther King's Speech Against the Vietnam War

by David Bromwich

One of the greatest speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., "A Time to Break Silence," was delivered at Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967. It is a statement against war in principle, in the same sense in which King's "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," published four years earlier, had been a statement against social injustice in principle. Yet like that extraordinary earlier appeal, "A Time to Break Silence" is also addressed to the evils of a particular time and place. It protests the command and deployment by Lyndon Johnson of almost unlimited violence against the people and the land of Vietnam for the declared purpose of protecting them from the menace of world communism.

War in the 20th century, WWII, civilians, aerial bombingKing began by acknowledging his solidarity with the organizers of Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam; and he pledged himself in full accord with their recent statement: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." In Vietnam, says King, "that time has come for us."

Yet to support concrete acts of nonviolent protest or non-cooperation remains a difficult choice.

"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. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world." ...Read it all

There are no permanent human enemies, only men and women---all of us---who need to be converted or reconverted to goodness, decency and peace again, beyond greed and dominion, exaggerated fear and hatred. While men and women breathe there is Hope, no matter how invested they might be at present in the works of greed and death. We can choose to live and let live, even as we protect borders against invasions and crimes.

Ulterior Motives?

--->Dennis Kucinich Blows Whistle On Afghan President Karzai Drug Cartel. Note: Some say the real reason for our being in Afghanistan is to secure the multi-billion dollar illegal opium market from there. I have not studied the matter in any depth but the allegation should be noted, as Kucinich's concerns show.

On the hunt--->“Most wars, after all, present themselves as humanitarian endeavors to help people.”---Howard Zinn

--->"The United States, with its long record of aggression, epitomizes the hypocrisy of nations that have instigated wars under altruistic pretexts, he argues, noting that the ... instances of "humanitarian war" in East Africa, the Caribbean, and the Balkans are of a type with decidedly nonhumanitarian U.S. interventions in Southeast Asia and Central America"---Noam Chomsky

Religious Wars, eh?

Atheist Leninism-Stalinism: Approx. 70 million dead
Occult Pagan Adolph Hitler's war: over 50 million dead
Atheist China under Mao: over 48 million dead
Atheist Cambodia's Pol Pot: 1.7 million people...

That's in just one century, the last; more than all the "religious" wars in human history. And in wars during more Christian times, civilians were protected, and strict proportionality of the means was part of just war teaching too, unlike the immoral and intrinsically evil horrors of so much of the so-called warfare today.

Signs and Wonders in the Heavens

--->The Other Benedict: It should be noted that it was only any "one world government" scheme that Benedict XV (15) rejected in no uncertain terms. In principle he accepted the idea of a League of Nations (especially in the wake of the slaughters of World War I) set up solely so that free sovereign nations could strive towards peace through fraternal dialogue and many forms of international cooperation.

Listen soldier, if you kill and if the war is unjust, you kill; it's your kill (not your country's), nobody can make you kill, and you must answer to the Almighty for your kill... You'd better think about it soldier.

--->Video of Nigel Farage Saying Herman von Rompuy is the 'Quiet Assassin Of Nation States'

The things that we love tell us who we are---St. Thomas Aquinas

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