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the United States, for generations, has sustained two parallel but opposed
of mind about military atrocities and human rights: one of U.S. benevolence,
held by the public, and the other of ends-justify-the-means brutality
by counterinsurgency specialists. Normally the specialists carry out their
in remote locations with little notice in the national press. That allows
public to sustain its faith in a just America, while hard-nosed security and
interests are still protected in secret.
Parry, investigative reporter and author
recoil with horror at the ferociousness of man. Will nations never devise a more
umpire of differences than force?
Are there no means of coercing injustice more
gratifying to our nature than a waste of the blood of thousands and of the
of millions of our fellow creatures?
in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous.
will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism
Steele Commager, historian and
are a free people? Not those over whom government is exercised, but those who
live under a government so constitutionally checked and controlled that proper
is made against its being otherwise exercised.
Dickenson, Farmerís Letters, 1767
man survives when freedom fails. The best men rot in filthy jails, and those
'appease, appease' are hanged by those they tried to
civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded. It is a
alike of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that
cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all the
father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I'm going to
right here and have a part of it, just like you. And no fascist-minded
you will drive me from it. Is that clear?
Robeson, testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee,
June 12, 1956
history of mankind is a history of the subjugation and exploitation of a great
of people by an elite few by what has been appropriately termed the 'ruling
The ruling class has many manifestations. It can take the form of a
orthodoxy, a monarchy, a dictatorship of the proletariat, outright
or, in the case of the United States, corporate statism. In each instance
ruling class relies on academics, scholars and 'experts' to legitimize and
moral authority for its hegemony over the
is capitalism plus murder.
A nation has prestige according to its merits. America's
contribution to world civilization must be more than a continous performance
demonstration that we can police the planet.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be
attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace hath higher tests of manhood, than battle ever
you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always
someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of
action and follow
it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace
its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win
reason... teaches all mankind who will but consult it, that being all equal
no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.
fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become
And when you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you.
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 are 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
clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of
cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and
toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The
chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be
broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
never understand the folks they hate.
James Russell Lowell
who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you
thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing
sole meaning of life is to serve humanity.
a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo
had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a
village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance
that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
Updated December 19, 2005
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