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War Is A Lie
A veces me pregunto si el norteamericano común se detiene por un momento, ve el caos en el que está el mundo; y se pregunta: ¿Cómo llegamos a ésto?
¿Ella simplemente no le da importancia, lo atribuye al "destino", se deshace rápido del pensamiento; y, esclavizada por lo nuevo, se va de compras a los supermercados?
¿Lo toma él como una expresión moderna del proverbio bíblico, "habrán guerras y rumores de guerras;" sintonizará el último partido de fútbol en la televisión; y pondrá de lado la duda, el miedo y el terror?
By Mumia Abu Jamal
I wonder sometimes if the average American stops, looks at the chaos in the world, and wonders, how did we get here?
Does she simply shrug it off as 'fate', shake the thought away, and go shopping at the mall in thrall to the new?
Does he put it down as a latter-day expression of the biblical proverb, 'there will be wars, and rumors of war', and turn to the latest game on ESPN and mist over the doubt, the fear, the dread?
By Lee Shearer, Athens Banner-Herald
Humanity seems bent on destroying itself, according to David Swanson, the featured speaker for this year's 33rd annual Athens Human Rights Festival.
"I think our country and our world are headed in very dangerous directions," said blogger, author and anti-war activist David Swanson - growing ill-will, resentment and antagonism among peoples, continuing proliferation of deadly weapons, and humanity's seeming march toward extinction through environmental destruction.
Guest: David Swanson is Co-Founder of AfterDowningStreet.org and the Washington Director of Democrats.com. His most recent book is War is a Lie (2010), in which he refutes every major argument used to justify wars, with the aim to debunk future lies before future wars have a chance to begin. He is frequently published in and heard on both progressive and conservative media. Recent blogs include Libya: Another Neocon War� (4/21/11) and A United Theory of War and Taxes (4/22/11) posted at http://www.democrats.com/blog. To read about David's accomplishments and tireless anti-war and social injustice activism, see http://davidswanson.org/about.
Video: Cost of War - Path to Peace: David Swanson, Paul Chappell, Chris Hedges, Lewis Logan, Steve Rhode, Scott Horton
Los Angeles, California
April 30, 2011
Forum sponsored by http://icujp.org
video by Anthony Manousos
Upcoming public events:
Saturday, April 30, 2011
3:15 - 5:15 pm Book signing at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books ( http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks ), at the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace ( http://www.icujp.org ) booth, Booth 921.
University of Southern California
7:30 - 9:30 pm "The Costs of War" with David Swanson, Chris Hedges, Paul Chappell, and Lewis Logan, moderated by Ameena Mirza Qazi.
United University Church at the University of Southern California
817 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA
Hindsight can be a troublesome thing. I distinctly remember ranting on this very blog about Gaddafi’s barbaric treatment of his own people. I never went so far as to suggest that we should send in the gunboats, so to speak, but rest assured, I thought it. When I read David Cameron’s words to the Kuwaiti Parliament and then again in the UK Parliament, I felt reasurred that we should back the uprising on humanitarian grounds. A popular uprising against four decades of Gaddafi rule being violently quashed by a bloke who, to be frank, I never really liked.
Now, regime change is looking ever more likely in Libya as we try to get more involved but become more evasive about being involved. We’ve sent in ‘advisers’ to assist in organisational matters. Not ground troops. OK? Peter Brookes’ cartoon in The Times today was a good one. Soldiers marching on their hands, their legs facing the sky: “No boots on the ground…” Yes, very good Peter, I’ve definitely heard that somewhere before.
This is all relative to Biteback, we’re publishing War is a Lie by David Swanson. But on re-reading it last night in preparation for writing a blog to let you all know it was available, I read this:
“Imagine if war were really fought for strategic, principled, humanitarian goals… wouldn’t we count the foreign dead in order to make some sort of rough calculation of whether the good we were trying to do outweighed the damage?”
It goes without saying that not enough has been made of the death-toll in Libya. I’ve tried to find out and I still don’t know how many have died. But – in the understatement of the century – aerial bombardment isn’t the most accurate of strategies. In light of what’s going on in Libya each point in Swanson’s polemic is more urgent, more pertinent.
He argues that there is no such thing as an honest war, that every war ever fought has been sold to both sides as a fight between the forces of good and evil and that politicians are willing to tell any lie to ensure the public believe they are in the right and the enemy undeniably in the wrong.
David Swanson is an anti-war activist and in War is a Lie he deconstructs virtually every argument ever put forward in favour of war. Drawing on examples throughout history, including the Second World War and the Iraq War, he shows how politicians will use any excuse not simply to justify war but to continue it after the death toll has long since shown the utter futility of continuing with the bloodshed.
War is a Lie is as relevant now as it will ever be.
You can buy a copy now, priced £9.99