Tuesday, April 24, 2012

DALLAS DARLING : Measuring Wars by a Loss of Principles

Principles, morals have not, do not exist in the illegal wars of Afghanistan, Iraq

World News
By Dallas Darling
04/23/2012

Literally over night in May of 1970, President Richard M. Nixon's ill-planned and ill-fated invasion of Cambodia revived the dwindling antiwar movement to vigorous life. Whether it was his verbal barrages of "Peace with Honor" or his "Vietnamization" euphemism that lulled pro-life protesters to sleep, when President Nixon announced he was ordering a military "incursion" into Cambodia to "clean out" bases the enemy had been using for "its increased military aggression," a crescendo of anti-war demonstrations across America occurred. Anger at the draft, false optimism about the endless military occupation in Vietnam, and combat footage of atrocities in the nightly news all had an impact on antiwar protesters. But nothing infuriated them more than escalating the war with Cambodia.

"War President," War Criminal George W. Bush
Hundreds of thousands of antiwar protesters marched on, and then occupied, Washington DC. Millions participated in small rallies and pro-life marches on college campuses nationwide. Military rage and insanity was being met by a more peaceful and more sane and principled movement. Some protesters were willing to even sacrifice their own lives to assure the U.S.-Vietnam/Cambodia War was brought to an end and that senseless killings, killings that had cost the lives of four million Vietnamese and fifty-thousand U.S. troops, would not happen in Cambodia. On May 4, the National Guard opened fire on antiwar protesters at Kent State killing four students. Ten days later at Jackson State, police fired into a women's dormitory with automatic weapons killing two black students.

But since the U.S.-Vietnam War, most military engagements and occupations have been measured only by the loss of American soldiers. Principles, like increasing technological savagery, psychological distress and political repression, or the disregard for murdering thousands of non-Americans, or even one, has been ignored. The preemptive wars against Iraq and Afghanistan killed hundreds of thousands of people. Millions have become refugees. Prior to these military interventions and even though very few American troops died, sanctions against Iraq killed over 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children and the elderly. Past incursions into Central America, the Caribbean and Africa have also created mass carnage, maiming and killing thousands of people while causing hardship for millions.




Instead of measuring America's wars by how many U.S. soldiers have been killed, why not base them on universal principles that have somehow been lost. If a principle is an important rule, law and guideline which other rules or judgments are derived, why not measure wars on how many non-Americans are killed or the utter disregard for national sovereignty? Since principles denote moral decisions that are required for civilizations to thrive, even survive, should not individuals-especially in wartime-guard against the loss of democratic rights and life? And if the character of a nation is founded on principles and moral beliefs too, instead of self-interest or the tyranny of the market why not: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and "Do no harm" values?(1)


If U.S. wars were measured by such principles, mass protests, ones filled with righteous rage, would literally occur over night. There would be a deep sense of betrayal towards political and military leaders, including their false promises regarding ongoing military occupations that have killed thousands and left millions maimed. If "do no harm" and "right to life" values were embraced, there would be an escalation of nonviolent and civil disobedience campaigns. Congress, the White House and the Pentagon would be occupied until their military insanities were ended in foreign territories. If democratic principles were embraced, protesters would not be called "bums" or "Nazis" or have to get permits. Neither would they be accosted by security forces or their encampments destroyed.

Perpetrators, those committing war crimes and massacres like the ones that just occurred in Iraq and Afghanistan, are very sensitive to silence by other people. They interpret such silence as implicit approval.(2) Some people just want to live their lives and to deal with their own problems without thinking about others. But in 1970 when President Nixon escalated the war, millions thought otherwise. In principle, they had understood and realized the importance of "right to life" and "do no harm" and "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" values. They were sympathetic to the poor working classes which pay and fight a nation's wars. They empathized with the shocking cruelty of fleeing refugees, dead and mutilated non-Americans, and children maimed by U.S. bombs.




Anti-war protesters during the U.S.-Vietnam War understood that the real enemies of freedom were never in North or South Vietnam-two nations that were supposed to democratically vote on reunification until America intervened militarily. Sadly, the same cannot be said today, especially regarding America's wars and military interventions around the world. It is impossible, though, to remain morally neutral in the face of such criminality and needless death. Bystanders do have a responsibility to protest and demonstrate against evil, because it will grow unchecked if they do not.(3) The U.S. and its citizens should again measure their wars by a loss of principles.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling.

(1) Terkel, Susan Neiburg and R. Shannon Duval. Encyclopedia of Ethics. New York, New York: Facts On File, Inc., 1999., p. 219.

(2) Baumeister, Roy F. Evil, Inside Human Violence and Cruelty. New York, New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1999., p. 358.

(3) Ibid., p. 360.



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Aussie Faces Death Sentence in Bali

This is a good reminder:  Indonesia has zero tolerance for illegal drugs and they will execute traffickers; foreigners smuggling drugs into Indonesia have death wish

Sydney Morning Herald
04/23/2012

An Australian man allegedly caught trying to smuggle hash and the party drug ice into Bali in his stomach will face a trafficking charge and the possibility of a death sentence, prosecutors have confirmed.


Edward Myatt
Edward Myatt is expected to be moved from police headquarters in Bali to the notorious Kerobokan jail within days after it was revealed today that police had completed their investigation and were set to hand the case over to prosecutors.

The 54-year-old Ballarat-born man was arrested on February 27 at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali and was later allegedly found to be carrying 1.1kg of hashish and more than four grams of methamphetamines in plastic casings which he had swallowed.

Bali's chief prosecutor Gusti Gede Putu Atmaja has confirmed his office had signed off on the police summary of evidence, or P21, and that Myatt could face the death penalty if convicted of the most serious charge of trafficking.

"Today, we have declared it's P21. The document has been finalised," Mr Atmaja said today.

"The primary charge will be under article 113 which is for importing and distributing with maximum penalty of death."
 

Bali's Chief Prosecutor Gusti Gede Putu Atmaja
Myatt will also be charged with two counts of possession, the most serious of which carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.

It's likely he will have his first day in court in early May.

The court where he will appear is the same venue where a string of Australians convicted on drugs charges have appeared since 2004, including the Gold Coast's Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine.

Myatt will also be housed at Kerobokan jail, along with the other Australians, for the duration of his trial and beyond if convicted.

While it's understood Myatt told police that he was working alone, authorities remain convinced he is part of an international drug-smuggling syndicate and may have successfully imported drugs into Bali in the past.

Officers with Bali's drugs squad have been in contact with Interpol as part of efforts to establish whether Myatt has links with a larger operation.

Myatt has allegedly told investigators he bought the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $70,000, in Delhi from a man known as "Dr Steve" after travelling to India from Yorkshire in England where he has lived for several years.

He allegedly separated the drugs into smaller quantities and wrapped them in 72 plastic casings at his hotel before swallowing them and travelling to Bali.

Australian and British consular officials have been providing him with assistance.

AAP


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AP Shills for Obama Criminal Regime in Plot to Completely Loot Social Security, Medicare

This is a spurious first-strike once again by the Obama criminals and their Associated Press lapdogs to soften-up and de-sensitize Americans to the complete looting of Social Security, Medicare;  there is no such thing as an "entitlement" program:  Social Security and Medicare are paid for through MANDATORY PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS and supposedly deposited into individual accounts for the disabled, retirees throughout their entire working lifetimes; both would be more than solvent but have been looted over the years to finance U.S. illegal wars and other criminal activities, paid for prostitutes for U.S. government officials; this is OUR MONEY and WE WANT IT REPLACED AND MADE UNTOUCHABLE; this is one of the main reasons Obama needs a war - to cover-up theft of Social Security

Associated Press
By Stephen Ohlemacher
04/24/2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — 

An aging population and an economy that has been slow to rebound are straining the long-term finances of Social Security and Medicare, the government's two largest benefit programs.


Obama Social Security thief Geithner won't be smiling for long
Those problems will get new attention Monday when trustees who oversee the massive programs release their annual financial reports.

Medicare is in worse shape because of rising health care costs. But the trustees say both programs are on a path to insolvency.

Last year, the trustees projected the Medicare hospital insurance fund would run out of money in 2024. Social Security's retirement fund was projected to run dry in 2038. Last month, the Congressional Budget Office said the disability fund will be drained by in 2016 — two years earlier than last projected — because applications from people losing jobs have spiked.


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