Archive for the ‘Military’ Category

Biden Bombs Syria after 1 month in office

Friday, February 26th, 2021

US Bombs Syria & Ridiculously Claims Self Defense  

The U.S. military is an invading force in both Syria and Iraq; it is impossible for its actions in either of those countries to be defensive. It is always necessarily the aggressor, writes Caity Johnstone. Read here…

“So we are being told that the United States launched an airstrike on Syria, a nation it invaded and is illegally occupying, because of attacks on “U.S. locations” in Iraq, another nation the U.S. invaded and is illegally occupying. This attack is justified on the basis that the Iraqi fighters were “Iranian-linked”, a claim that is both entirely without evidence and irrelevant to the justification of deadly military force. And this is somehow being framed in mainstream news publications as a defensive operation.”  journalist Caity Johnstone


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Another example of military expansion and encroachment into public space

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021
 
Military expansion to public shorelines, parks, etc. also part of “Special Ops” in Hawaii announced 2 years ago.  See http://malu-aina.org/?p=5833

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Feb. 26, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Stop Glorifying War

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Stop Glorifying War!

Honor Peacemakers Worldwide!

      The peace sign was created 2/21/58 by British graphic designer and Christian pacifist Gerald Holtom. Holtom was tasked with creating the banners and signs for a nuclear disarmament march in London, and he wanted a visual that would stick in the public’s mind. The design is, in part, modeled after naval semaphore flags that sailors use to communicate. Holtom combined the codes for “N” (two flags angled down at a 45 degrees) for “nuclear” and “D” (one flag pointed straight up and one flag pointed straight down) for “disarmament.”

 

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      The U.S. is a nation that glorifies and promotes a culture of war, not a culture of peace. Author Michael D. Knox puts it this way:The U.S. war culture is insidious. It has invaded not only our government, but our schools, police, universities, healthcare institutions, workplaces, sports, concerts, places of worship, industry, transportation, stores, and media — all aspects of our lives and culture. It is hard to attend a public event or use a public service without being confronted by the symbols of the military state.” This includes military bomber flyovers at the Superbowl and fighter jet flyover tributes nationwide to Covid 19 health care workers. We all would be a lot better off if the money spent on these military public relations events had been spent on needed health care supplies. When politicians tell us to “support the troops,” they are really telling us to support US endless wars of conquest for corporate interests. Don’t buy it.  It’s time to say Enough! No More Wars. It’s time to honor the peacemakers and work for justice, and a living planet for future generations.

https://truthout.org/articles/american-pop-culture-feeds-the-war-on-peace/?fbclid=IwAR1c9lfllR04V255wMC6RX4bvZpJL7G2i6LZAN3drzXSAygu39ZlSzYEU0g

Wage Peace Not War!

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

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                                   Feb. 26. 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1013 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

40 year Ash Wednesday anniversary in the Nuclear war room at Pacific Command headquarters

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

Ash Wednesday 1981 — 2021

     Today is the 40th anniversary of the most significant Ash Wednesday event of my life.  It was a statement of nonviolent resistance to the preparation for nuclear war.  In the Christian tradition, Ash Wednesday is the beginning of 40 days of lent (prayer and fasting) before Easter. It’s considered a day of repentance where ashes in the form of a cross are put on people’s foreheads as a reminder that we are dust and to dust you shall return.  Traditionally, the ashes come from burnt palm fronds. 

     40 years ago, at the height of the cold war, 8 other friends and myself participated in a non-sanctioned Ash Wednesday ceremony in the “Nuclear War Policy and Plans” office at Camp H.M. Smith, the military Pacific Command center based on Oahu above Aloha Stadium in Aiea Heights.   It was a bit of a miracle that 9 of us were able to enter this high-security base let alone this high-security Nuclear war room.  The group was an interesting mix of people: 3 priests, including a Monsignor who was the superintendent of all Catholic schools in the state of Hawaii, several of us lay activists and a mother (a former nun) with her 3-month-old daughter.  As we entered the Nuclear War room, filled with Nuclear War office workers, one of the priests began reading aloud from “the Sermon on the Mount” Matthew Chapter 5 of the New Testament.  Some of us went to the right, some to the left, and we began placing crosses of ashes on the walls of the Nuclear war room.  Our ashes were made from traditional palm fronds with a mixture of burnt IRS tax forms since roughly 60 cents of every federal tax dollar is spent on militarism.  After placing a significant number of ash crosses on the walls, the nine of us came together, joined hands in the center of the nuclear war room, and prayed.  Within a short time armed military troops arrived and took all of us into custody where we were ID, questioned, and kept for a couple hours, then photographed, and surprisingly released.  We expected to be prosecuted but never were.  We later learned that several of the high-ranking generals and admirals had children in the Catholic school system and wondered how could they prosecute the group that included several priests and the superintendent of the Catholic Schools with their kids in Catholic Schools?

     Today, in 2021 the danger of nuclear war is even greater than in 1981.  The Bulletin of Atomic Scientist famous “Doomsday Clock” is now set at 100 seconds to midnight — the closest the hands of the symbolic clock have ever been to the doomsday hour.  Nuclear war and climate disaster are the 2 greatest threats to the future of life on planet earth.  May we have the wisdom and courage to turn away from this self-destruction and redirect the wasteful military spending to meet human needs, especially in this time of an unprecedented global Covid pandemic.

     This Ash Wednesday, let us rededicate our lives to justice, peace, and a living planet, with a commitment to nonviolence, kapu aloha, that respects the dignity of every human being and the sacredness of the earth that we all share.

Jim Albertini

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021

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Feb. 19, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet on Oxy-MORONS

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021