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Noam Chomsky: 9/11 Ten Years Later




Women and children had their hands tied behind their back and were shot in the head in house raid, which was covered up by the military

As revealed by a State Department diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks last week, US forces committed a heinous war crime during a house raid in Iraq in 2006, wherein one man, four women, two children, and three infants were summarily executed.”

Infants. Executed. And Dick Cheney doesn’t think the war hurt our reputation. How about now?

(via socialuprooting)


Is there any real difference between cops and soldiers?

I mean, they both take oaths. They’re both paid for by you. They both kill people. They both follow orders. One drives a patrol car, one drives a humvee. One occupies your streets, one occupies foreign lands. One enforces the law, one enforces foreign policy.


"For the last 1700 years the Church has not only been making war respectable; it has been inducing people to believe it is an honorable profession, an honorable Christian profession.  This is a lie.  The early church saw a complete and an obvious incompatibility between loving as Christ loved and killing.  There is NO WAY to follow Christ, to love as Christ loved, and simultaneously to kill other people.  Militarized Christianity is a lie.  It is radically out of conformity with the teaching, life, and spirit of Jesus.  As an Air Force chaplain I painted a machine gun in the loving hands of the nonviolent Jesus, and then handed this perverse picture to the world as truth.

You see, I want to expose the lie of “Christian” war. The lie I fell for and blessed. I want to expose the lie of killing as a Christian social method, the lie of disposable people, the lie of Christian liturgy in the service of the homicidal gods of nationalism and militarism, the lie of nuclear security. I want to expose it by looking into the faces of the hibaksha (The surviving victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and saying, “Brother, forgive me for bringing you death instead of the fullness of life. Sister, pardon me for bringing you misery instead 
of mercy. I and my Church have sinned against you and God.” 

- Catholic Air Force chaplain, George Zabelka.



…then couples that with being a “warrior for this country”.

God abhors violence. Christ was against violence, inside and out. I am not sure how Christians set aside the basic principles they would otherwise, so fervently, defend and try to live by - until the state invokes the name of God while…

This. I mean sure a soldier can still be a witness to his mates on the battlefield, but that’s different. To call a person that supports and participates in the murder of innocent beings a “soldier for Christ” is an insult (to Christ).

(Source: CNN, via ernestsewell)


(via moriahsbitch-deactivated2013042)


The Pentagon’s approved term for these weapons is “non-lethal” or “less-lethal” and they are intended for use against the unarmed. Designed to control crowds, clear streets, subdue and restrain individuals and secure borders, they are the 21st century’s version of the police baton, pepper spray and tear gas. As journalist Ando Arike puts it, “The result is what appears to be the first arms race in which the opponent is the general population.”

The application of pain to control or coerce people into submission helps achieve the desired aims of perception management, while sheltering the public from the brutality of such devices. 

Perhaps these less-lethal tactics for crowd control do result in fewer injuries. But they also severely weaken our capacity to enact political change. Authorities have ever more creative ways to manage dissent, at a time when the need for change by popular demand is vital to the future of our society and the planet.

Now they’re getting “less” lethal?


Ben Salmon (1889-1932)

I’ve been researching a lot of Christian pacifists recently, there’s some great anticlerical history, like with Christian anarchism. Ben Salmon was a conscientious objector to President Woodrow Wilson’s conscription in the first World War. Here’s his letter as a 28-year-old to the President in 1917:

Regardless of nationality, all men are my brothers. God is “our father who art in heaven.” The commandment “Thou shalt not kill” is unconditional and inexorable. … The lowly Nazarene taught us the doctrine of non-resistance, and so convinced was he of the soundness of that doctrine that he sealed his belief with death on the cross. When human law conflicts with Divine law, my duty is clear. Conscience, my infallible guide, impels me to tell you that prison, death, or both, are infinitely preferable to joining any branch of the Army.

Here’s an article on his life.