FOOT ON WAR PEDDLE
- I am sick at heart about what
Israel (with full US backing) is doing to the people in Gaza. It is more
than cruel and shameful beyond imagination. The souls of Israel and the
USA are showing to be hollow. There have been many determined protests
across this nation in support of the Palestinians. Corporate dominated
media though covers all the bases and ensures that the whores in Washington
remain submissive and supine. None of us are doing enough to help.
- Ukraine is another great travesty, so well scripted that Kiev and Tel
Aviv march in lockstep. NATO's Gladio must be working overtime on this one. The
Kiev regime is collapsing and the US will take full control and turn it into an
excuse to expand NATO operations there.
- Russia and China (and possibly BRICS) stand in the way of full western corporate
control. That is what this is all about - and of course the world's
- On Friday I was up early to drive (along with Maine activist Jason Rawn)
the route of our next peace walk through Maine which will happen on October
11-20. Maine Veterans for Peace is sponsoring the walk which will take us
from Rangeley, in the west-central part of the state, to North Berwick in the southern
leg of Maine near the New Hampshire border. We will likely call it the Maine
Walk for Peace and a Sustainable Future. The Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist
order has been invited to lead the walk.
- Located in Saco, Maine is General Dynamics Ordnance which last year got
a $225 million contract to build 50-caliber gun barrel kits. In North Berwick
is Pratt & Whitney (who during WWII made aircraft engines for the US and
Hitler), with their $2 billion contract in hand, to build F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter engines. Maine's economy is increasingly becoming
militarized. We need to set in motion more public discussion about
endless war spending verses a real future for the coming generations. Now
is the moment to act.
- The peace walk route is about 165 miles and will also pass through Rangeley,
Phillips, Farmington, Livermore Falls, Lewiston, Gray, Portland, Saco and North
Berwick. We will have lots of chances to engage the public on these key
issues. We either move away from the current endless cycle of resource
wars or we will all be gone. Walking gives us a simple and still
relatively free way to reach our fellow citizens. It also allows us deep
connection with nature as we walk on the land and experience the daily cycles
of life. The drive on Friday to the mountains and lakes of Rangeley was
inspiring. The beauty is staggering and the human pace of life was
calm. By the time we got to Portland, and the summer beach mecca of Maine
to the south, the traffic was intense as that region is swarmed with tourists
who are escaping the heat of more southern locations. In those moments I
longed to be back up in Rangeley and reminded myself that some time off in a
more peaceful setting is in order before the summer is gone. I've yet to
go swimming once this summer and I hope to change that in the coming days.
- Last night as MB,
Karen and I walked through Bath we were talking about all the current
madness. I said, "Now we know how it felt to live in Nazi
Germany" in the early days when being a "good German" meant
keeping your mouth shut and your foot on the war preparation peddle.
Just as German peace forces found then, it is hard to move a public that is hell
bent on fitting in and staying on the good side of those with power.