Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Get Enlightened: War is Obsolete

The more enlightened (and minimized) among us have figured it out long ago. War is counter-productive, self-destructive, and suicidal. How many centuries and spent lives will it take the rest of humanity to catch on?

Perhaps this collection of writings will help educate and speed the process:
  • Howard Zinn: The End of Empire?
    "Have justifications for empire begun to lose their hold on our minds?"
  • How Lethally Stupid Can One Country Be? :
    "Presidents and prime ministers will lie their countries into war -- but why do We the People keep buying it?"
  • The Architects of War:
    "Within the Bush administration, the 'military option' remains as popular as ever."
  • MUST READ: Obama's Sweeping Foreign Policy Critique:
    "...Obama offer[s] an alternative path. Ending the war is only the first step. After we're out of Iraq, a corrosive mind-set will still be infecting the foreign-policy establishment and the body politic. That rot must be eliminated.

    Obama is offering the most sweeping liberal foreign-policy critique we've heard from a serious presidential contender in decades. It cuts to the heart of traditional Democratic timidity. 'It's time to reject the counsel that says the American people would rather have someone who is strong and wrong than someone who is weak and right,' Obama said in a January speech. 'It's time to say that we are the party that is going to be strong and right.' (The Democrat who counseled that Americans wanted someone strong and wrong, not weak and right? That was Bill Clinton in 2002.)

    But to understand what Obama is proposing, it's important to ask: What, exactly, is the mind-set that led to the war? What will it mean to end it? And what will take its place?

    To answer these questions, I spoke at length with Obama's foreign-policy brain trust, the advisers who will craft and implement a new global strategy if he wins the nomination and the general election. They envision a doctrine that first ends the politics of fear and then moves beyond a hollow, sloganeering "democracy promotion" agenda in favor of "dignity promotion," to fix the conditions of misery that breed anti-Americanism and prevent liberty, justice, and prosperity from taking root. An inextricable part of that doctrine is a relentless and thorough destruction of al-Qaeda. Is this hawkish? Is this dovish? It's both and neither -- an overhaul not just of our foreign policy but of how we think about foreign policy. And it might just be the future of American global leadership...."
  • Donahue Is Back and He's Angry About Iraq [VIDEO]:
    "Donahue was literally the only person I remember on mainstream television who consistently challenged the rationale for war in '02-'03...."
  • The Smart Way Out of a Foolish War
    "...In brief, the war has become a national tragedy, an economic catastrophe, a regional disaster and a global boomerang for the United States. Ending it is thus in the highest national interest...."
Photo Credit: Carter Center Peace Programs |

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