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WAR: Haven’t we had enough of it yet?

Letter by Gary E. Bevis, Tacoma on June 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm | 122 Comments »
July 6, 2012 11:32 am

What we’re not talking about nearly enough is why we, the American people, allow our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters to volunteer to serve in the mercenary forces of American empire.

If America really was facing an imminent existential threat, you wouldn’t have to give away college scholarships, a paycheck, three hots and a cot and lifetime medical benefits to get people to fight to protect their families, homes and neighborhoods.

What we don’t talk about nearly enough is the nature and ubiquity with which Americans are propagandized about their own national history, our nation’s motivations in the global sphere since this nation’s inception, and our morally bankrupt nationist ideology that dictates we are somehow superior culturally, politically, religiously, economically, racially or otherwise to all other peoples of the globe.

War is immoral by definition, justified only by existential treat. America’s plutocrats have foisted ideological boogie men upon us for so long, using the psychology of fear to manipulate the American people. All of us need to question our fundamental beliefs about our nation, our role in the world, our economic system and the injustice it necessarily creates – and change ourselves.

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