Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

THE PUZZLE PIECES ON THE WALL

  • Who would have thought these discredited war mongers would be back on TV again promoting more war in Iraq?  But we've come to learn not to be surprised at how the mainstream corporate media megaphone works.  Fortunately, like with Syria last year, the public seems to have no stomach for going back into Iraq.  Keep those emails and phone calls going into Congress and the White House.  Remind them that your $$$ is being wasted and you'd rather see it spent cleaning up our act here at home!

  • It seems that more and more Americans are beginning to wake up to the dangers of US-NATO war mongering in Ukraine.  Even the peace movement, leadership and peace groups, have been slow to respond but are starting to show some signs of life.  Granted there is alot going on to keep people preoccupied, but a possible war with Russia just might be one that should get the attention of people.

  • One more thing about peace groups and movement leaders.  We've in many ways become like firemen rushing around putting out fires in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, etc.  Not enough of us though are making the connections to illustrate how corporate capitalism thrives on chaos in order to control a particular country or region so they can extract precious resources.  I think we all need to do a better job of talking about what drives these wars.  Various weapon systems are used as tools for a larger purpose and agenda.  Let's talk more about drones, missile defense, new fighter planes, nuclear submarines and the like in this broader context.  We ought to be putting all the pieces of the puzzle up on the wall so the public can see the bigger picture.

  • I am on a bus heading to the airport in Boston and will then fly to Kansas City to meet my son.  He has been there all week at a debate tournament. He lives and teaches debate in Taiwan and brought his students to the tournament.  I've not seen him for some time so am very excited about having some days to spend with him.  We plan to attend a couple of baseball games while in Kansas City and I hope we make it to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. 

2 Comments:

Blogger LJansen said...

Enjoy, enjoy! Well deserved break in the action.

6/19/14, 3:18 PM  
Anonymous Ljiljiana said...

President Clinton is in the boys band. Give him a saxaphone. Likely many other players are missing. European war mongers Blair and Sarcozi can be the string section.

There should be a second work "the girls in the choir". They are just as villainous, maybe not all to the Rumsfeld Cheney level but (Susan) Rice and Albright are in range. I don't know if Condi is in the choir? I am never sure to what extent the mouthy aggressive diplomats are just the world order messengers or have actual culpability.

Who in the band or the choir are war criminals, complicit or agreed by silence? It is never addressed (except Kuala Lumpur), they literally get away with their crimes. Which is why the US public tolerates their faces on the TV where they are making sales pitches for more such crimes. That and their egos never retire.

6/21/14, 9:06 PM  

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