There is an atmosphere of pretended and unjustified innocence that seems to pervade the US peace and justice or antiwar movement, which, continually points a finger away from those who are protesting and instead at the very own government of the protestors. Martin Luther King dismissed his government as the greatest purveyor, not cause, but purveyor, of violence in the world, while, in anguish, holding America, Americans, including himself, responsible and not America's own elected and reelected public servants which he directed not a single word to in his entire sermon Beyond Vietnam.
The more than ten million survivors of American genocide hold all Americans responsible before the law, including protestors of American crimes as if they were merely mistakes in foreign policies. They were not mistakes, and leaders like David, I'm sure will soon stop this kind of misleading exposing of crimes without calling for punishment of all those who commit them.
King held himself and his American audience responsible for being perfectly capable of making these atrocity wars for profit unacceptable and inoperable through non-participation, non-support, non-acquiescence and conscientious objection.
Secondly, the whole US peace movement is flat-out against King's insisting that the killing must be stopped first. For every bit of attention given to the wars by leading alternate media journalists like David, there are many more articles about every possible injustice being suffered by Americans from other Americans, in spite of Martin Luther King making it thunderingly clear that not only for moral reasons but for damned simple logic, Americans killing the poor overseas must be stopped firstly, for "the obvious massive expenditure of human and financial resources makes any progress on social justice at home impossible." [see Beyond Vietnam a Time to Break Silence, 1967]
Seeking justice for Americans while they kill overseas for that same Wall Street they want a bigger cut from is " what? Anyone! Please tell your writer, who has run out of words. Are there any words to describe this?
But young and talented David Swanson, could realize this, and bring some embarrassing awakening to the American peace movement and journalists that have been exposing crimes from Korea in 1950, to Syria today, that to perceptive people are long sickening apparent. While exposing today's cruel mass homicide in ever unnecessary detail, forgetting last year's murders in Libya, forgiving the years' before genocide in a dozen helpless destroyed nations, and not even calling for their prosecution as crimes against humanity, but rather painting them as mistaken policies of their own elected and reelected government. Better to call crimes against humanity and crimes against peace, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace. Call a spade a spade openly and loudly, not finagle around with excuses and political commentary.
And let us put a nail in the coffin of the pathetic flimflam and escaping criminal responsibility by laying war crimes blame solely on US presidents as if they were kings, emperors or absolute dictators, and all the rest of America entirely innocent. No, we don't want to blame everything on one cog in the wheel of corporate governance that Mussolini defined as fascism, a cog that is not all that pivotable, if we peek at the words of the last aristocrat American president of some influence among his wealthy peers. In a letter written to his close friend and confidant Colonel House in 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote "You and I know that a financial element in the centers of power has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson."
Marxist Economics Professor Richard Wolff, lecturing around the country to Peace and Justice groups, tells of FDR managing to convince his wealthy peers, most all of whom were investing in economically prostate Germany's low-wage labor to build up the Nazi armed forces (while my dad sold apples on a street corner), to accept a 94% tax rate on every dollar above $200,000 to pay for socialist programs like Social Security, Unemployment Compensation and the Federal Government Works Program to put the unemployed to work, OR face a revolution and possible loss of control of the country.