Too Many Wars


Too Many Wars

Who can keep count anymore? Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and all of our smaller wars.  Come election time, will we shout “four more years!” or “four more wars!”?

Let’s do something about it.

1. Call congress members and senators now at (202) 224-3121 to tell them to vote No on any authorizatio n of war in Libya (as if the President cares what they authorize!).

Also tell the House to vote Yes for the Kucinich-Amash amendment to the FY 2012 Department of Defense Appropriations bill to end all involvement in the war by October 1, 2011.

Also tell the Senate to join Senator Webb in demanding that no treaty or “Status of Forces Agreement” be unconstitutionally made for Afghanistan without Congress.

4153668524_aef21e54f12. Obama Can Be Made to Withdraw More Troops from Afghanistan

The majority of Americans want the war in Afghanistan ended.  President Obama promised a “significant” withdrawal this July.  But what he announced on Wednesday amounted to withdrawing about 1 percent of U.S. personnel in July (10,000 withdrawn over six months from a total of 200,000 troops and contractors).  A White House spokesperson told a conference call of reporters on Wednesday that public opinion plays no role in such decisions.

Can public opinion play any role in Congressional decisions?  Obama cannot keep so many troops in Afghanistan so long if Congress refuses to pay for it.  In recent weeks, the House has twice passed measures barring the use of funds for U.S. warmaking in Libya.  Now before both houses is the 2012 “Defense Appropriations” bill which would dump over $100 billion into wars including Afghanistan.

Enough is enough, and Obama’s “drawdown” is not enough!


3. Freedom Riding to Gaza

Fifty years ago, freedom riders traveled by bus into the U.S. South.  Now American freedom riders are joining their allies from around the world on a flotilla bound for Gaza.  The U.S. ship is called The Audacity of Hope.

The heroes on this ship have pledged to sail unarmed and to refuse to use violence. The Israeli military, which continues to illegally blockade Gaza, causing endless suffering to the Gazan people, has pledged to use violent force to prevent the ships getting through.

The Fre edom Riders of 1961 asked the U.S. government to protect them. Its efforts to do so were too little too late. The Freedom Riders of 2011 have also asked the U.S. government to protect them, and thus far received no such commitment. We can ask the U.S. State Department to ask Israel (recipient of billions of dollars in U.S. weaponry every year) not to assault this flotilla, and to allow those transporting aid and letters of good will to reach the suffering people of Gaza unharmed.


4. Pledge to Stop the Machine in DC in October

October 2011 is the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan and the beginning of t he 2012 federal austerity budget. It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions.

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine until our resources are invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

5. Educate

Peace and counter-recruitment groups, libraries, coffee houses, and schools are distributing copies of War Is A Lie where they can do the most good.

And an admirer of the book is sending copies to every member of Congress and other decision makers.  You can fund this project!

Donate $50 or more and get your choice of a free audio book, Epub, kindle, or PDF.


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