Wars Need to Be Prevented, Not Stopped
- Wars Need to Be Prevented, Not Stopped
One matter that should be very clear from the Cindy Sheehan
experience is that neither George W. Bush, nor his administration,
nor his supporters in the public media or the countryside are about
to admit that the 'Iraq war of conquest' was a mistake. No matter
what the evidence of lies, no matter what the "intelligence" really
said, no matter what the damage to the nation and its citizens and
soldiers, warmongers will be warmongers.
Moreover, political parties in the so-called but no longer
seen "loyal opposition" no longer have the political strength or
wherewithal to stop wars in progress. Wars take on inertia that makes
them almost impossible to stop once initiated. A big reason for this
phenomenon is likely the financial benefits of warmongering to
professional politicians, who tend to be of the investor class and
who often benefit financially from military spending, which is now a
huge portion of the entire US economy.
Peacemakers and peacekeepers need to learn that wars must be
prevented, not stopped. Peacemakers must anticipate causes of war.
Peacemakers must see the signs of impending war, such as claims by
their government that "all options are on the table", or outright
dismissals that war is an imminent option. Peacemakers must give
close attention to the inevitable demonization of foreign nations and
their leaders, which is a sure sign of the process that leads to war.
The peaceful must find ways to speak truth to government deceit in
real time. The peaceful must oppose war as an instrument of foreign
policy on the grounds that wars waste property and lives and often
victimize the innocent and civilians, and thus must be considered an
outdated method of solving human conflict.
Peacemakers must oppose ALL war and especially pre-emptive wars that
are aggressive and not defensive in the least. Peacemakers must
develop coherent, logical, truthful arguments to instruct the public
as to the harm caused by war to even the victors of military
conflict. Peacemakers must devise strategies to influence public
debate when emotions run high in favor of war, such as at times of
grievous tragedy, such as immediately after the attacks of Pearl
Harbor or 9/11/2001.
John Lennon had it right - we must give peace a chance. Edwin Starr
was right when he said that "war is good for nothing; it can't give
life but can only take it away".
We need more entertainers, more musicians, and more celebrities to
espouse the peace movement for the younger generation. The Vietnam
War resistance sprang to a large degree from young people who were at
risk of being drafted in a conscript army. A volunteer army of today
poses less of a threat to those who refuse to volunteer, but we need
more brothers and sisters and cousins of veterans to oppose the war,
and not just mothers of casualties. We need Crosby Stills and Nash to
spur "young people [to be] speaking their minds [on the wrongful of
We need to prevent the planned war against Iran. We need to prevent
war on North Korea. We need to prevent war against Venezuela and
Syria and Cuba. We can see them coming, and we have to prevent these
wars. We need religious leaders and celebrities and young folk and we
need politicians and soccer moms and ex-military and wise elders and
young parents and environmentalists and poor folks and everyone to
oppose war and to prevent the next one.
What if they gave a war and nobody came? What if the politicians had
to hold bake sales to finance wars? What if politicians and rich folk
had to raise armies from their own children? What if the public
stopped wars by preventing their governments from starting them?
We must prevent the next war while simultaneously stopping the
current one. We can do it and we must.
* Stan Moore is a member of several falconry and ornithological clubs
and organizations. Acknowledgement to Media Monitors Network.
Source: Middle East Times, August 15, 2005
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