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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Sunday, August 10, 2014

WHO VALUES LIFE THE MOST?

Young boy in Syria sleeps between the graves of his parents

One familiar refrain
from politicians
and media
in the US
is that
'we value life'
more than
others
around the world

This is of course
totally ridiculous
absurd
and spin
intended to provide
moral justification
for the Pentagon's
endless wars
for resource
extraction

The air strikes in Iraq
began just hours after Obama
authorized them
in a televised address
he said
that the US had an obligation
to protect its personnel in Iraq
and prevent a potential genocide
of minority groups by ISIS
(ISIS who the US/Jordan/Saudi Arabia/
England/Israel funded and trained)

Suddenly Obama is concerned
about genocide
apparently oblivious
to Palestine
and
eastern Ukraine
and American
Indian reservations

Obama
knowing of the great
reluctance and
outright opposition
of US citizens to
'boots on the ground'
promises none

“I think the slippery slope analogy
is the right one for Iraq right now,”
said Barry Posen,
director of the Security Studies program
at MIT

The cost for another
Iraq attack?
No worries
Those 'entitlement'
programs
social security
Medicare
Medicaid
even troop
benefits
can be cut

with few jobs
available
what choice
do US soldiers
have?
flip burgers
or fight
for oil

We value
life
they say
in Washington
but in fact
they value
$$$$
more

1 Comments:

Anonymous Ljiljiana said...

That is some photograph.

May this boy's guardian angel stay close by him.

8/11/14, 2:04 PM  

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