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, September 18, 2014

STUCK IN THE BIG MUDDY


Yesterday the House of (Un)Representatives voted by a margin of 273-156 to arm the Syrian "rebels".  This means of course arming the kind of out-of-control ISIS type of radical Islamic forces that are trying to take down the Syrian government.  (You know, the kind of terrorists that are supposed to be our enemies.) Our two members of Congress in Maine (Pingree and Michaud) voted against the proposal but it passed with the help of 114 Democrats.

Next it goes to the Senate where it will surely pass and then Obama will have the Pentagon ship more weapons to the madmen in the Middle East.  The weapons corporations are quite pleased with the whole deal.

Yesterday I was interviewed on Iranian PressTV about this very situation.  I said in part, “It’s really no surprise to see the US weapons corporations very excitedly saying that they expect to get a lot more weapons orders as a result of the growing instability around the world.”  You can see their coverage here.

For the American people who are paying for this endless war it is indeed like being in quicksand.  But for the war machine, who obviously runs the circus in Washington, it is an investment in continued and growing profits.

For the people living in the Middle East it is a tragedy beyond imagination.

Only when we face and heal America's growing economic addiction to military production will be ever be able to truly have peace in the world.

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