GOD AND GLORY
- I drove south to Biddeford last night for an hour long interview on a public access TV show called Out in Left Field. Today I do another interview with Regis Tremblay who is becoming a prolific public access TV producer here in Maine. Next Monday I do a radio interview on WERU which is north of here. On each of these interviews I am promoting our Veterans for Peace protest on Saturday, August 25 of the Air Force Thunderbird airshow at the former Navy airfield in Brunswick.
- Growing up in an Air Force family I saw alot of these airshows. I witnessed a couple plane crashes over the years and also understand how these events serve as recruiting tools to bring young kids into the military. They also pump up the drumbeat for endless war.
- As a kid I learned to idolize these "Gods of Metal". My dad worked in the base photo lab and brought me home a large framed picture of about 20 Air Force bombers, transport planes and fighters all nicely lined up on the flight line. That picture was one of the few things I kept as our family moved to Florida-Germany-England-South Dakota-Germany-Florida-California while I was growing up. It was on the wall right near my crucifix. God and war. Like apple pie, baseball and Chevrolet.
- It wasn't until I joined the Air Force myself during the Vietnam War that I finally put all the pieces together. With the help of GI war resisters in the barracks at Travis AFB in California (an airlift base for the war) I was able to finally see that those planes were about killing innocent people so U.S. corporations could take their land and resources. Finally reading the Pentagon Papers while in the Air Force helped me see how our government lies its way into war over and over again.
- So I've come full circle from being a recipient of the war propaganda, mindless entertainment, and military psychological operations aimed at the youth to becoming an active war resister. My guess is that a some of the kids that see our Veterans for Peace protest on August 25 will themselves some day see the light as well.
- Last night Richard Rhames asked me about the connection between the recent Batman movie massacre in Colorado and our nation's endless wars. I said that the fabric of our nation - the soul of our nation - was woven together by violence from the genocide of the Native Americans, slavery, Civil War, and then from imperial attacks on the Philippines to the present. We are a killing culture. War is what we do. We make enormous profit from selling violence. It's no coincidence that ultimately it turns inward and we start killing each other. It is what we know.
- The only way out is to recognize the addiction. Raise your hand and repeat after me, "Hello, my name is America and I am addicted to war and violence."