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Dear President, NO MORE SPARTA!!!!! America needs to return to more Athenian Democracy this 2010

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NO MORE SPARTA!!!!! America needs to return to more Athenian Democracy this 2010

Dear President Obama,

As I am expecting my first child next month, it is time to get serious on change and reform in the core pillars of American Democracy

This past week has been an eye-opening period for many Americans--propaganda and cover-ups about the war and too-many victims are seen every where. This is why increasingly, Americans want the country to stop playing the role of an out-of-control Sparta.

Recall, Mr. President, "Sparta was unique in ancient Greece for its social system and constitution, which completely focused on military training and excellence." I have noted in various articles over the past decades that this has been the case in the USA for far too long, i.e. where out-of-control weapons production, out-of-control weapons and military services sales, and no-holds-barred military recruitment of young Americans continue almost unabated since I can remember. We need to return to a more Athens-like model for a democracy and a more freedom and peace-building set of goals for the American future in the 21st Century.

Likewise, according to the New Security Action Network just today, "It has been a grim couple of days in the battle for hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan. Afghan investigators claimed yesterday that US Special Operations forces tried to cover up the horrific killing of five Afghan citizens in February following a raid of what turned out to be a baby shower.Military officials, after first claiming US soldiers had stumbled upon the victims of a so-called "honor killing,' now admit that our military forces were responsible for these deaths. Three women were killed. Two of them were pregnant."

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KEVIN STODA-has been blessed to have either traveled in or worked in nearly 100 countries on five continents over the past two and a half decades.--He sees himself as a peace educator and have been-- a promoter of good economic and social development--making-him an enemy of my homelands humongous DEFENSE SPENDING and its focus on using weapons to try and solve global (more...)

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