Peace movements come and go, but in 1974 a peace movement ended the American part of the Vietnam War. Since then the media has not covered large or even small peace rallies, yet 600,000 rallied against Bush Senior’s Desert Storm in the winter of 90-91, that was five times larger than ANY Vietnam rally, yet the march was not covered on the nightly news by any network, and rece3ived coverage only on the 13th page of the Washington Post itself, where the rally was held.
Thus, if putting together hundreds of thousands of protestors gets no results anymore, how are peace activists going to achieve their goal of peace.
Where should they start?
I suggest they start at the Christian Muslim divide, and in the country the started it, and perpetuates it: the USA.
The USA has an incredibly awful record when it comes to the world’s worst human rights abuse: war.
Bill Blum reports in his “Anti-Empire Report” (williamblum.org) about the 91 interventions in 66 separate countries since World War II.
Note the chapter headings of his book “Killing Hope”:
Chapter 1: China – 1945 to 1960s: Was Mao Tse-tung just paranoid?
- Chapter 2: Italy – 1947-1948: Free elections, Hollywood style
- Chapter 3: Greece – 1947 to early 1950s: From cradle of democracy to client state
- Chapter 4: The Philippines – 1940s and 1950s: America’s oldest colony
- Chapter 5: Korea – 1945-1953: Was it all that it appeared to be?
- Chapter 6: Albania – 1949-1953: The proper English spy
- Chapter 7: Eastern Europe – 1948-1956: Operation Splinter Factor
- Chapter 8: Germany – 1950s: Everything from juvenile delinquency to terrorism
- Chapter 9: Iran – 1953: Making it safe for the King of Kings
- Chapter 10: Guatemala – 1953-1954: While the world watched
- Chapter 11: Costa Rica – Mid-1950s: Trying to topple an ally – Part 1
- Chapter 12: Syria – 1956-1957: Purchasing a new government
- Chapter 13: Middle East – 1957-1958: The Eisenhower Doctrine claims another backyard for America
- Chapter 14: Indonesia – 1957-1958: War and pornography
- Chapter 15: Western Europe – 1950s and 1960s: Fronts within fronts within fronts
- Chapter 16: British Guiana – 1953-1964: The CIA’s international labor mafia
- Chapter 17: Soviet Union – Late 1940s to 1960s: From spy planes to book publishing
- Chapter 18: Italy – 1950s to 1970s: Supporting the Cardinal’s orphans and techno-fascism
- Chapter 19: Vietnam – 1950-1973: The Hearts and Minds Circus
- Chapter 20: Cambodia – 1955-1973: Prince Sihanouk walks the high-wire of neutralism
- Chapter 21: Laos – 1957-1973: L’Armée Clandestine
- Chapter 22: Haiti – 1959-1963: The Marines land, again
- Chapter 23: Guatemala – 1960: One good coup deserves another
- Chapter 24: France/Algeria – 1960s: L’état, c’est la CIA
- Chapter 25: Ecuador – 1960-1963: A text book of dirty tricks
- Chapter 26: The Congo – 1960-1964: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba
- Chapter 27: Brazil – 1961-1964: Introducing the marvelous new world of death squads
- Chapter 28: Peru – 1960-1965: Fort Bragg moves to the jungle
- Chapter 29: Dominican Republic – 1960-1966: Saving democracy from communism by getting rid of democracy
- Chapter 30: Cuba – 1959 to 1980s: The unforgivable revolution
- Chapter 31: Indonesia – 1965: Liquidating President Sukarno ..: and 500,000 others; East Timor – 1975: And 200,000 more
- Chapter 32: Ghana – 1966: Kwame Nkrumah steps out of line
- Chapter 33: Uruguay – 1964-1970: Torture—as American as apple pie
- Chapter 34: Chile – 1964-1973: A hammer and sickle stamped on your child’s forehead
- Chapter 35: Greece – 1964-1974: “Fuck your Parliament and your Constitution,” said the President of the United States
- Chapter 36: Bolivia – 1964-1975: Tracking down Che Guevara in the land of coup d’etat
- Chapter 37: Guatemala – 1962 to 1980s: A less publicized “final solution”
- Chapter 38: Costa Rica – 1970-1971: Trying to topple an ally—Part 2
- Chapter 39: Iraq – 1972-1975: Covert action should not be confused with missionary work
- Chapter 40: Australia – 1973-1975: Another free election bites the dust
- Chapter 41: Angola – 1975 to 1980s: The Great Powers Poker Game
- Chapter 42: Zaire – 1975-1978: Mobutu and the CIA, a marriage made in heaven
- Chapter 43: Jamaica – 1976-1980: Kissinger’s ultimatum
- Chapter 44: Seychelles – 1979-1981: Yet another area of great strategic importance
- Chapter 45: Grenada – 1979-1984: Lying—one of the few growth industries in Washington
- Chapter 46: Morocco – 1983: A video nasty
- Chapter 47: Suriname – 1982-1984: Once again, the Cuban bogeyman
- Chapter 48: Libya – 1981-1989: Ronald Reagan meets his match
- Chapter 49: Nicaragua – 1981-1990: Destabilization in slow motion
- Chapter 50: Panama – 1969-1991: Double-crossing our drug supplier
- Chapter 51: Bulgaria 1990/Albania 1991: Teaching communists what democracy is all about
- Chapter 52: Iraq – 1990-1991: Desert Holocaust
- Chapter 53: Afghanistan – 1979-1992: America’s Jihad
- Chapter 54: El Salvador – 1980-1994: Human rights, Washington style
- Chapter 55: Haiti – 1986-1994: Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?
- Chapter 56: The American Empire – 1992 to present
Again, voting does not do Americans much good when it comes to creating a peace-loving legislature. We are given no choices, and what some call the “Golden Triangle of Military Spending” finds that only one of the three sides of the triangle is elected at all.
One: The CIA develops a threat, via intelligence or fabrication
Two: the Pentagon comes up with the weaponry to fight that threat
Three: The congress shells out the money for the equipment needed to fight the threat
Only congress is elected, but along with other large corporations, part of the same money that military contractors make in profit is pumped back into legislative election coffers.
“House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties is a 2004 book by Craig Unger that explores the relationship between the Saudi Royal Family and the Bush extended political family. Unger asserts that the groundwork for today’s terrorist movements and the modern wars that have sprung up about them was unintentionally laid more than 30 years ago with a series of business deals between the ruling Saudis and the powerful Bush family. The Saudis received investments and military protection in exchange for cooperation on lucrative oil deals. The author claims that the result has been a shady alliance between “the world’s two most powerful dynasties.” Unger writes, “Never before has an American president been so closely tied to a foreign power that harbors and supports our country’s mortal enemies.”
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michael Moore‘s 2004 picture Fahrenheit 9/11 draws heavily on arguments made in Unger’s book. ” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Bush,_House_of_Saud
Of course the USA has a right to protect itself, and since we knew 15 of the 19 911 attackers were from Saudi Arabia, um, why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia? See Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Craig Unger’s book “House of Saud, House of Bush”
for the 50+ year relationship between the Bush and Saud clans (meaning oil).
Peace activists need to call meetings among Christians and Muslims that actually8 accomplish something. Accomplish what our governments can NOT, accomplish peace even while the governments and religions involved appear headed for an extremely long clash. As if 13 years isn’t already a long clash!
national interreligious leadership council (see URL above) is one organization supporting such meetings in the USA. Since three Muslims were shot dead by an American extremist in Chapel Hill North Carolina, about one month ago
the problem of how Americans see Muslims in their communities has gotten worse.
Another study shows how peace initiatives among Muslims and Christians in Indonesia can be effective:
A Common Word is another successful interfaith initiative:
Lastly, the Coalition for Peace, Freedom and Justice is also bringing people together to address issues that no single interfaith group can tackle without a large swelling up of the people of the USA.
WHY THE USA? Well because the USA is the one that stirs up the trouble, kills many Muslims without grounds, and has developed, through its insane policies that have seen over a million non-combatants (people without guns, innocent women children and men. This in turn has radicalized many Muslims who won’t soon forget the horrors wrought upon the middle east by the USA.
In terms of sheer numbers of countries, Obama has been the worst at spreading the horrors of war in the Middle East.
Look at this information in case it isn’t clear that Obama has continued Bush’s illegal wars.
I believe World War Three started the day Dodi and Diana died in their “car accident” in Paris, August 31, 1997. The Muslim Christian divide has worsened ever since, due to Christians starting and finishing wars and even with the use of Drones to kill people. What a dangerous thing to start: Using robots to kill people.
The goal of any peace group now should be to get the USA to pull out of the middle east, and then pull out of everywhere else eventually.” USA National Interest” is a thin veil for the fact that the USA military has been used to protect and even gain oil and other important minerals and cheap labor and huge war profits. Once a country has been decimated, then the US often rebuilds that country (Freeport McMoran) and even more often abuses the impoverished-by-war for cheap labor. Note Vietnam.
Peace, But When?