US out of Europe

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And Afghanistan, and Iraq, too!

Jacob Hornberger’s latest essay points out the madness of continuing to have the world’s most expensive military.

http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2009-08-27.asp

“If the Pentagon withdrew from the Middle East, military officials know that people might well ask, Why stop there? Why not withdraw from Europe? After all, the Cold War ended long ago. Why not withdraw from Japan? It surrendered soon after the atomic bombs were dropped. Why not withdraw from Korea? The war there ended decades ago. Why not withdraw from Africa? What business do the troops have there?”

We join Bumper in calling for an end to the war on drugs, the wars in Latin America to fight against drugs that are in demand in the USA. We join Bumper in calling for an end to the wars in the Middle East, used to prop up the authoritarian regime in Israel, create terrorists, and justify an ever larger military. We join his call for an end to the occupation of Europe – the second world war has been over for decades.

Most of all we agree with his contention: “The fact is that despite deeply seeded fears and anxieties that the federal government has succeeded in engendering within the psyches of the American people, there is no nation on earth that has the military capability of invading and occupying the United States. To cross either the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans with an invasion force would require tens of thousands of ships and planes, a capability that is nonexistent among all foreign nations.”

Moreover, the answer to such a capability is not a standing army, but a well armed people. As Yamamoto said, “I would never invade the United States. There would be a gun behind every blade of grass.”

The military is a scam, and the people in the military are evil. The defense contractors sell the death of children in foreign countries to a military that is eager to use their bombs and guns to slaughter those children.

The time to divest from death is now. Today. Not next week. Not some day.

Sell your death stocks now.

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4 Responses to “US out of Europe”

  1. 25outof25centralasia Says:

    Thanks Jim, for your work. I am just one person in Santa Cruz, CA that is so sick and tired of the killings of innocent people IN OUR NAME, that I started my own blog also: http://outofcentralasianow.wordpress.com That’s how I found you, under the Tag section. Keep up the great work.
    It is hard to do on a daily basis, but if everyone did a little, we could END THE WAR(s) now.

    John
    25outof25centralasia

  2. Alex Says:

    I disagree that the people in the military are evil. They are misled to believe that these occupations are in the nation’s interest, but misled does not = evil. Evil is, at least in one respect, the act of consciously doing something one knows is wrong.
    The troops are on our side. Their leadership is the problem.

    • Jim Davidson Says:

      It is an interesting idea, Alex, and you are welcome to voice it. I very much disagree.

      Each individual has a conscience. Each individual is personally, directly, and completely responsible for every action he takes. That is the meaning of the word “karma.” Karma is yours individually. Actions have consequences.

      To say that someone is misled is to attempt to exculpate that person for the wrongdoing which they individually choose to undertake. I don’t accept the conclusion you reach that people can do evil things and not be evil if they were only following orders.

      Nor is such behavior condoned in our history and tradition. That defense is called “the Nuremberg defense” named after the war crimes tribunals that followed the atrocities of World War Two. The simple and concise response is stated, “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.”

      Ehren Watada and others have shown that there is a moral choice available. The troops can prove they are on our side by not doing evil things. They can, in fact, refuse to deploy, refuse unconstitutional orders to participate in warfare without a Congressional declaration of war, and they can take conscientious objector status. They can also go absent without leave, desert, or resign their commissions. These are not necessarily their best choices, but they are moral choices that are possible.

      Therefore when someone engages in evil acts, drops bombs on a village, turns his automatic weapon on a crowd of civilians (“going cyclical” was the term in Mogadishu in 1993; I’ve no idea what clever term they use now), or kills a freedom fighter who is defending his own country from foreign invaders, that individual is personally and completely responsible for his entire action. He cannot say he was misled and expect exculpation. He continues to have the entire blame for his particular action.

      If the troops are on our side, then they should quit. Stop. Refuse orders. Lay down their arms. Desert. Return home. Apply for conscientious objector status.

      Ending the war takes a whole series of these actions. It may require that you sell the stocks in your portfolio relating to defense contractors. It may mean boycotting companies that sell to the military. It may require serving time in the stockade because you refused an order to deploy.

      I am not saying it is easy. The path of anti-war is not easy. It is hard. It is confronting. It is difficult. It is fraught with peril. But at the end of the path is peace.

      And peace is in fact worth a lot.

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