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The Peace Movemnt and The Roller Coaster Ride of US War Policy

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It's considered unsportsmanlike to say, "We told you so." But since all's fair in love and war and we're definitely at war, it's fair to say the peace movement has been right about the whole sordid reality of US war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

That may sound audacious or ridiculous to some, especially to those knee-jerks who love to ridicule the peace movement while knowing nothing about what it really stands for.

 

It's important to note here, that the peace/antiwar movement doesn't have quite as extensive a public relations and propaganda program as that employed by the military and its supporters in the federal government and the mainstream media.

 

For instance, the peace movement doesn't have well-funded, highly-trained Psy-Ops Teams such as Rolling Stone [1] has shown the military has. So no one is able to brainwash US Congress members into cutting the military budget and de-funding the wars.

 

The peace movement also tends to be concerned about the poor, long-term ecological sustainability issues, improving education, creating jobs and figuring out affordable health care for all Americans, which is why we're always attacking the Pentagon sacred cow and the runaway wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Finally, the peace movement suffers because we live in a world gone mad and few today seem to have the courage to listen to, and give credence to, a movement without guns and prisons.

 

Interestingly, current reports surrounding Afghanistan are in synch with what the peace movement has been saying since the beginning about the dismal outlook for the Petraeus counter-insurgency program in that ancient, rugged land.

 

For instance, one of the fundamental mantras of Veterans For Peace, the antiwar organization I have worked with for 26 years, is: "Wars are easy to start and very difficult to stop. So it's best not to start them."

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Pentagon and the Pech Valley.
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I'm a 72-year-old American who served in Vietnam as a naive 19-year-old. From that moment on, I've been studying and re-thinking what US counter-insurgency war means. I live outside of Philadelphia, where I'm a writer, photographer and political (more...)
 

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