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Non-Violent Responses To War Must Be Considered

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In an interview recorded in 2003 and published in "Imperial Ambitions"(Metropolitan Books), MIT philosopher Noam Chomsky says the U.S. is arguing "the only way we can have security is by expanding into and ultimately owning space." And he further points out, "The militarization of space means, in effect, placing the entire world at risk of instant annihilation with no warning."

Referring to the doctrine of President George W. Bush, Chomsky said it means plainly "the United States will rule the world by force, and if there is any challenge to its domination---whether it is perceived in the distance, invented, imagined, or whatever---then the United States will have the right to destroy that challenge before it becomes a threat." This, he said, is "preventive war."

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And this doctrine is being needlessly carried forward in Afghanistan by President Obama, who is widening the conflict into Pakistan.

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In response to the menace of the U.S. military-industrial complex, non-violent soul force needs to be considered. Satyagraha needs to be brought to bear in international conflicts just as it was used by Mahatma Gandhi in India and by the Reverend Martin Luther King in the U.S.

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Sherwood Ross worked as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and contributed a regular "Workplace" column for Reuters. He has contributed to national magazines and hosted a talk show on WOL, Washington, D.C. In the Sixties he was active as public (more...)
 

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I'm sure heads of state all over the world are rea... by Jason Racette on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 1:31:33 PM
Dear Jason, the non-violent movement in modern tim... by Sherwood Ross on Monday, Sep 28, 2009 at 9:39:07 PM
Now, how best to implement them? If our government... by Nick van Nes on Friday, Sep 25, 2009 at 8:31:49 PM
September 25, 2009Non-Violent Responses To War Mus... by liecatcher on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 8:31:39 PM
Dear Liecatcher: You raise pertinent points. Both ... by Sherwood Ross on Saturday, Sep 26, 2009 at 8:48:00 PM