War Is A Crime!
Top 9 Reasons to Stop
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:
Build a World of Justice &
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:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.malu-aina.org
Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (August 22, 2014 – 674th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office