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-====== Politics ====== +====== World Peace ======
-It seems to me that Americans could save money, lives and reputation by having a more peaceful foreign policy.+
  
-I spent $US 3,000 of my own money on an ad for America's biggest //anti-war// presidential candidate, [[http://www.ronpaul.com|Ron Paul]].+===Feel free to share this=== 
 +{{ :peace:bring_the_troops_home.2.png?300 }}
  
-I [[http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/03/01/2417622/letter-hopes-democrats-will-vote.html#storylink=misearch|cajoled]] my neighbors to vote for him, and said those who didn't left me feeling like [[http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/05/16/2523149/unhappy-county-gop-didnt-back.html#storylink=misearch|the meat in an imbecile sandwich]].+==== Do something nice for Iraq (for a change) ==== 
 +Instead of a normal birthday gift, ask  people to give some money in your name to [[https://www.mercycorps.org/countries/iraq|Mercy Corps]] for Iraqis. My mom did. 
 + 
 +[[https://www.mercycorps.org/countries/iraq|{{ :mercy_corps.png?300 |}}]] 
 + 
 + 
 +==== Campaign for anti-war candidates ==== 
 +I spent $US 3,000 of my own money on an ad for America's biggest **//anti-war//** presidential candidate, [[http://www.ronpaul.com|Ron Paul]]. 
 + 
 +I [[http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/03/01/2417622/letter-hopes-democrats-will-vote.html#storylink=misearch|cajoled]] my neighbors to vote for him, and [[http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/05/16/2523149/unhappy-county-gop-didnt-back.html#storylink=misearch|ridiculed]] those who didn't.
  
 He won in my county in 2008.\\ He won in my county in 2008.\\
 {{:kingsley_standing_in_front_of_ron_paul_mobile.1.png}}\\ {{:kingsley_standing_in_front_of_ron_paul_mobile.1.png}}\\
  
 +==== Rally opposing war with Syria ====
 +{{:rally_opposing_war_with_syria.png?700}}\\
 +
 +==== The beauty of a neutral foreign policy ====
 +I admire Switzerland's neutral foreign policy. I expect it helps them live in peace, stay [[http://en.worldstat.info/Europe/Switzerland/Civil_Liberties|free]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_in_Europe_by_monthly_average_wage|prosper]]. Unfortunately, it evidently began only after a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Marignano|rare military defeat]]. {{ peace:swiss_neutrality.gif }}
 +
 +I can imagine two more reasons for Swiss neutrality.
 +
 +  - It's an [[http://worldmilitaryintel.blogspot.com/2013/05/blog-post_9655.html|alpine fortress]], so they're less likely to be attacked. My understanding is that tunnels are booby trapped with explosives, tank traps are built into highways, modern homes have no-nonsense bomb shelters, all men must serve in the reserves and there are thousands of underground military installations. It's like a big porcupine.
 +  - The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Council_%28Switzerland%29|government's executive branch]] is seven people, instead of one. This deters a power hungry president from starting a war.
 +
 +==== A looooong running peace vigil ====
 +{{:bellingham_peace_activism.png?700}}
 +{{ bellingham_whatcom_peace_vigil.png:?300 }}
 +
 +==== History behind America's wars ====
 +[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04P4zPzspuI|{{:dwight_eisenhower.png?200 |}}]]
 +[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04P4zPzspuI|On April 16, 1953, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower said:]]
 +Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
 +every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense,
 +a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
 +those who are cold and not clothed. This world in
 +arms is not spending money alone. It is spending
 +the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its
 +scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not
 +a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the
 +cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging
 +from a cross of iron.
 +
 +
 +[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY2DKzastu8|{{ :wesley_clark.png?200 |}}]]
 +[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TY2DKzastu8|On October 3, 2007, U.S. General Wesley Clark said:]]
 +
 +I went through the Pentagon ten days after
 +9/11 and an officer from the Joint Staff called
 +me into his office and said 
 +> I would want you to know, sir, we are going to attack Iraq.  
 +Why?  
 +> We don’t know. 
 +Will they tie Saddam to 9/11? 
 +> No 
 +I came back to the Pentagon about six weeks
 +later, I saw the same officer, I said why
 +haven’t we attacked Iraq?  
 +> oh sir, it’s worse than that.  I just got this memo from the Secretary of Defense’s
 +> office, it says we are going to attack and destroy the governments in in seven countries in
 +> five years.  We are going to start with Iraq and then we are going to move to Syria, Lebanon,
 +> Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran
 +
 +[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0|{{:smedley_butler.png?200 |}}]]
 +[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3_EXqJ8f-0|In the 1930s, two time Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and Major General Smedley Butler said:]]
 +> WAR is a racket. It always has been.