End the Cycle of Violence!

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get!

      ” In my experience, including my time in combat, I’ve seen no difference between the results of war and the results of terrorism.  The terms, to me, are interchangeable, like barbarism and savagery– both describe the same heart of darkness.  In my teens, long before I saw war first-hand, I remember thinking that the definition of “civilized” should be changed to “those who do not participate in war.”  People don’t have to see the results of war in person to know it is an abomination.

      “It is irrational to glorify war as though it is somehow better than terrorism, as so many in our bellicose culture do.  The more mothers we kill, the more sons will come for us, whether we behead the mothers with swords or cruise missiles.  The more children we kill, the more fathers will come for us, whether we blast the children with suicide vests or hellfire missiles.  It is ludicrous to say the next bomb will end any of it, particularly the delusion– we only sink deeper into denial.”  –Jack Balkwill  [libertyunderground] Today’s LUV News  10 February, 2015 [4 Attachments]


We fire missiles from the sky that incinerate families huddled in their houses. They incinerate a pilot cowering in a cage. We torture hostages in our black sites and choke them to death by stuffing rags down their throats. They torture hostages in squalid hovels and behead them. We organize Shiite death squads to kill Sunnis. They organize Sunni death squads to kill Shiites. We produce high-budget films such as “American Sniper” to glorify our war crimes. They produce inspirational videos to glorify their twisted version of jihad.

The barbarism we condemn is the barbarism we commit. The line that separates us from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is technological, not moral. We are those we fight…

Terror is choreographed. Remember “Shock and Awe”? Terror must be seen and felt to be effective. Terror demands gruesome images. Terror must instill a paralyzing fear. Terror requires the agony of families. It requires mutilated corpses. It requires anguished appeals from helpless hostages and prisoners. Terror is a message sent back and forth in the twisted dialogue of war. Terror creates a whirlwind of rage, horror, shame, pain, disgust, pity, frustration and impotence. It consumes civilians and combatants. It elevates violence as the highest virtue, justified in the name of noble ideals. It unleashes a carnival of death and plunges a society into blood-drenched madness…  Terror is the engine of war. And terror is what all sides in this conflict produce in overabundance.” Chris. Hedges

article for historical perspective on modern war

Stop the Wars!   End the Terror!

  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/

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