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by Smoke Signal

How many deaths will it take 'till we know
that too many people have died.
 The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
     The answer is blowin' in the wind.
 -- Bob Dylan


"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired,
signifies in the final sense a theft from those who are hungry and
are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed."- Dwight D. Eisenhower

There never was a time, in my opinion, when a problem could not be solved without the drawing of a sword.
General Ulysses S. Grant, President of the United States, 1885


The one thing I never want to see again is a military parade.
Grant

These are the sentiments of men who have actually been on a battlefield, saw blood spilled and watched other men die.




 "Lurking beneath the surface of every society, including ours," he says, "is the passionate yearning for a nationalist cause that exalts us, the kind that war alone is able to deliver." When war psychology takes hold, the public believes, temporarily, in a "mythic reality" in which our nation is purely good, our enemies are purely evil, and anyone who isn't our ally is our enemy.

 This state of mind works greatly to the benefit of those in power.

"War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning," an essay on the psychology of war by Chris Hedges, a veteran war correspondent.


LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - The executive producer of a CBS miniseries about Adolf Hitler's rise to power has been fired after giving an interview in which he compared the current mood of Americans to that of the Germans who helped Hitler rise to power.



The first casuality of war is always the truth.


It's getting harder to ignore. More and more evidence is emerging to suggest that U.S. intelligence was manipulated to justify going to war with Iraq.

The invasion of Iraq was planned a long time in advance, and the United States and Britain are not primarily concerned with finding any banned weapons of mass destruction, the chief UN weapons inspector, Hans Blix, said in an interview on Wednesday.  More


Albright calls Cheney charge on terror "irresponsible"
--Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney's charge that the United States could be hit by another terrorist attack if Democrat John Kerry is elected president was irresponsible, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said.


Several months ago George Bush was performing his skit for the media in which he was looking under his desk and under chairs for weapons of mass destruction, Here is the president of the United States making a horrible joke out of
a pre-emptive war and laughing about WMDs (weapons of mass destruction), the basis for going to war, a war in which over 1,000 coalition troops have died and thousands of Iraqi civilians have been killed.


Since the March 19th 2003 US  attack on Iraq began:

Top White House Anti-Terror Boss Resigns

Another US Diplomat Resigns Over Iraq War

2004 Bush Buget cuts target VA benefits?

Syria Now Top US Target for 'Regime Change'
 

U.S. Govt Accused of War Crimes against Journalists

International journalists' organizations are accusing the U.S. government of committing war crimes in Iraq by intentionally firing at war correspondents.

Crimes Against Humanity

"To initiate a war of aggression," said the judges in the Nuremberg trial of
the Nazi leadership, "is not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole." In stating this guiding principle of international law, the judges specifically rejected German arguments of the "necessity" for pre-emptive attacks against other countries.


U.S. occupation forces commit war crimes with impunity
 


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ANTI-WAR  PROTESTS

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."- President Theodore Roosevelt


Who Wants War?

War always comes at a trememdous cost  to all who are engaged in battle, We need to ask these basic questions, What is to be gained by war, who will benefit, what will be the cost and who will pay this cost? Click here to find out who is paying the cost for the attack on Iraq and who is profiteering.


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Veterans for Peace

We support the safe and speedy return
of the troops, without supporting an
unjust and immoral war.

March 15 DC anti-war protest

"You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."Jeanette Rankin (first women member of Congress)



Let Us Unite in Peace to Honor the Victims
and their loved ones  of  Sept 11, 2001
I ask all my readers to avoid any rush to judgement, to avoid any temptation to use this tragic event for bigotry, revenge, profiteering  or for short-term political gain.

We must take the time, to grasp the gravity of what has happened and  why it has happened in order to gain a better understanding of  how we can best respond to this horrible tradegy so that we can work toward  preventing future acts of  violence against innocent civilians.

Killing innocent civilians out of revenge because innocent  civilians were killed does not eliminate evil and injustice in the world, it only adds to it by multiplying the suffering, the deaths, the hatred and the desire for revenge.  Violence does not lead to peace, it leads away from it.



Voices in the Wilderness


Mobilization for Global Justice
 International A.N.S.W.E.R
Peace Brigades International
Washington Peace Center
 Cities for Peace.org
 Veterans Against The Iraq War
 Coalition For World Peace
 CODE PINK

ACLU Safe and Free Campaign

Help Keep America Safe & Free in  Times of Crisis


"They that can give up essential liberty in order to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety or liberty."    Benjamin Franklin
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"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my
contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the
spinal cord would fully suffice."  -- Albert Einstein

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors


 Blessed are the Peace Makers

Doctors Without Borders
 oneworld.net
  voice4change.
Veterans Against Iraq War
Nonviolence Web
Green Cross International
Make Them Accountable
Science for Peace
Integrity in Science
Washington Peace Center 
Citizens for Legitimate Government
Federation of American Scientists
 Fellowship of Reconciliation 
Colombia Support
People For the American Way
 FoE's Nuclear Page ...
 Not in Our Name
 Military Families Speak Out
 Common Dreams
 FatherJohnDear.org
 Voices in the Wilderness
 The Wage Slave Journal
 The Interfaith Alliance 
 people for fair trade.org
 United for Peace
 www.peacepix.org
 Mothers Acting Up
 Canadian Peace Alliance 
 Antiwar.com
 Poets Against the War
 US Labor Against the War
 TrueMajority
 Jewish Voice For Peace
Veterans for Common Sense
 Coalition For World Peace
  MoveOn.org: No War on Iraq
 Campaign To STOP THE WAR 
 Psychologists for Social Responsibility 
 One Percent - A Peace Army
 international women's day 
 Friends of the Earth - US
 Universal Kinship Society
 Consortiumnews.com
 Democracy Now! 
  Radio Left 
Amensty International
truthout.org
freespeech.org



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