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End U.S. Addiction to War!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

War Is A Crime!


Top 9 Reasons to Stop

Bombing Iraq

1. It’s not a rescue mission.  The U.S. personnel could be evacuated without the 500-pound bombs.  The persecuted minorities could be supplied, moved, or their enemy dissuaded, or all three, without the 500-pound bombs or the hundreds of “advisors” (trained and armed to kill)…

2. It’s going to make things worse, again.  This bombing will aggravate the Sunni-Shia divide, increase support for ISIS, and create a lasting legacy of hostility and violence.  President Obama says there is no military solution, only reconciliation.  But bombs don’t reconcile.  They harden hearts and breed murderers…

3. Bombs kill.  Big bombs kill a lot of people.  Massive bombing campaigns slaughter huge numbers of people, including those fighting in the hell the U.S. helped to create, and including those not fighting — men, women, children, grandparents, infants…

4. There are other options.  The choice between bombing and doing nothing is false… The U.S. could do some good but must first do no harm..

5. More bombs and weapons equal more deaths.  The U.S. accounts for 79% of foreign weapons transfers to the Middle East. In many cases U.S. weapons end up on all sides of a conflict.

6. This is going to cost a fortune.  The world spends $2 trillion and the U.S. $1 trillion (half the total) on war and war preparations every year.  The wonders that could be done with a fraction of military money are almost unimaginable and include responding to the dangers of climate change…

7. Bombs are environmental disasters. The poisoned ground and water, and the disease epidemics can be widespread and long lasting from war…

8. There go our civil liberties.Civil liberties have continually been eroded in the U.S. since 9-11 and endless war. The intrusion of government spying on citizens has become all encompassing along with the militarization of U.S. Police Departments.

9. War is illegal.  War is illegal under the Kellogg Briand Pact and the United Nations Charter, Domestically, under U.S. law, the president cannot launch a war.  The U.S. House voted three weeks ago to ban any new presidential war on Iraq. Obama waited for it to go on break, and then attacked Iraq.

The above is an adapted version of an article by David Swanson. See the full article here:
http://warisacrime.org/content/top-9-reasons-stop-bombing-iraq

Build a World of Justice &

Peace!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.

 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 22, 2014 – 674th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

Stop the “Slaughter of the Innocents” in Gaza, Iraq, etc.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

“A Slaughter of Innocents”

Rabbi Henry Siegman, Leading

Voice of U.S. Jewry, on Gaza

“When one thinks that this is what is necessary for Israel to survive, that the Zionist dream is based on the repeated slaughter of innocents on a scale that we’re watching these days on television, that is really a profound, profound crisis — and should be a profound crisis in the thinking of all of us who were committed to the establishment of the state and to its success,” Siegman says. Responding to Israel’s U.S.-backed claim that its assault on Gaza is necessary because no country would tolerate the rocket fire from militants in Gaza, Siegman says: “What undermines this principle is that no country and no people would live the way that Gazans have been made to live. … The question of the morality of Israel’s action depends, in the first instance, on the question, couldn’t Israel be doing something [to prevent] this disaster that is playing out now, in terms of the destruction of human life? Couldn’t they have done something that did not require that cost? And the answer is, sure, they could have ended the occupation.”

 Rabbi Siegman served as executive director of the American Jewish Congress, one of the nation’s largest Jewish organizations. See full interview with Amy Goodman http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/30/henry_siegman_leading_voice_of_us

Gandhi on Gaza

It’s “Bombs Away” again for the U.S. in Iraq in the name of “coming to help.” The U.S. helped create the Islamic State (ISIS) by dropping bombs that killed and injured a million Iraqis and made refugees of millions more. And now we are told more bombs will be a solution? Don’t buy it. Stop bombing! Open up the U.S. to refugees fleeing violence and pledge to never bomb again!

 Justice, Peace and Equality

for All!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 15, 2014 – 673rd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

 

 

Iselle & the Hilo Peace Vigil!

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Today’s peace vigil will go forward!

Aloha Peace Ohana,
I hope and pray all of you survived hurricane/tropical storm Iselle and that you had no damage to property. It was quite a night. Several trees down here.
The 672 consecutive weekly Hilo Peace vigil will go forward today from 3:30-5PM at the downtown Hilo Post Office.   If possible please join and pass the word to others.  Last night we learned that Obama has ordered further bombing in Iraq.  He said the “U.S. is coming to help.”    The U.S. has “helped” Iraq enough killing and wounding more than a million people, creating massive refugee problems, and devastating the country’s infrastructure.  In short the U.S. “help” is mass chaos which seems to be the main business of the U.S. empire.
Jim

 

Martin Luther King once said our choice is chaos or community.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

U.S.A. – Global

Empire of Chaos!

The Push to War with

Russia

      Aug. 6th and 9th are dates to remember the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that resulted in the deaths of more than 200,000 people, mainly civilians, and the devastation of two cities. It is long past time to join our voices around the world in saying “Never Again.” But instead of making a firm commitment and taking steps to reduce the possibility of nuclear war, the U.S. and the west are pushing toward war with Russia, that very quickly could go nuclear.

      The U.S. has a long history of imperial intervention, invasion and aggression, increasingly disguised as “humanitarian” in nature. Historian William Blum, in his book “Killing Hope” documents more than 55 U.S. military/CIA foreign interventions since WWII. Recent examples of U.S. intervention include Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, and Ukraine. The U.S. backed coup in Ukraine was the spark leading to the current conflict between the U.S. and the west with Russia. Growing evidence indicates that the recent downing of airline MH17 that killed 298 people was not the work of Eastern Ukrainian rebels, Putin and Russia, but that of the U.S. backed Ukraine government. In short, it appears it was a “false flag” designed to demonize Putin and fuel the push toward war with Russia.

      The common result of all U.S. interventions is increasing bloodshed and chaos with innocent civilians, especially poor people, suffering the worst and countries left in ruins. Margaret Kimberley, a writer for BlackAgendaReport.com says “like a child having a meltdown, the bad behavior of the United States doesn’t just continue. It gets worse and worse.”

      The U.S. is financing and providing the weapons to Israel now killing and injuring thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children, in Gaza. The killing and destruction of Palestinian schools, hospitals, homes, power plants, etc. are condemned by the world. There is a growing global voice demanding that Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and ongoing blockade of Gaza be brought to an end.

      Closer to home on the U.S. southern border with Mexico, anti-immigrant militia groups are threatening to kill refugee kids fleeing violence and chaos in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, etc. that was created by the U.S.. The KKK is now even calling for refugee children to be shot, and theirbodies placed along the border.

      As citizens of the world, let us unite to stop all the killing, suffering and chaos of empire and prevent World War III. Silence and inaction are not responsible options. In our hearts we know that “an injury to one is an injury to all.” Joining together in committed non-violent action for justice, peace and respect for one another, and our mother earth, may be our only hope. Future generations are depending on us.

Peace & Aloha to All!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 8, 2014 – 672nd week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

The World Condemns Israel

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Israel’s Slaughter of

Civilians in Gaza!

“Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.” —Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees

Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN designated shelter in Gaza. Krähenbühl voiced outrage over the behavior of the Israeli military, who he says was repeatedly given the coordinates of the school:

The precise location of the Jabalia Elementary Girls School and the fact that it was housing thousands of internally displaced people was communicated to the Israeli army seventeen times, to ensure its protection; I condemn in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces” Krähenbühl said. http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/world-stands-disgraced-israel-bombs-another-un-designated-shelter-gaza

Intl Law Experts Condemn “Collective Punishment” of Gaza’s Civilian Population
Joint Declaration signed by nearly 150 legal scholars and human rights experts say no justification exists for mass killing of innocent people who have no means of escape   
http://alturl.com/j88tn  [Common Dreams]

An Open Letter for the people in Gaza
We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years. On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext Nobel peace laureates and celebrities call for military embargo on Israel

A group of Nobel laureates and high profile artists and academics have issued a statement condemning Israel’s “inhumane and illegal” assault on Gaza and calling on governments to implement a military embargo on Israel

Amnesty International on Israel War Crimes http://malu-aina.org/?p=2602

Israel is a Terrorist State”
http://news.yahoo.com/bolivia-declares-israel-terrorist-state-184920411.html

Bolivia President Evo Morales said “we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

Stop All the Rockets,

Bombs, Shells and Missiles:

End the Carnage NOW!

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622. Email:ja@malu-aina.org  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 1, 2014 – 671st week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office