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An Anti-war Message

Despite all of my faults which make me a far less than perfect person and sometimes a hypocrite, there is one thing I know. My faults could serve to put my hypocrisy on display and discredit me in other areas of my life, but there is one certain truth which I understand more thoroughly than any other—killing innocent people is wrong. This is my absolute truth and I think it should be your absolute truth as well. If it’s not your absolute truth, then stop reading. It is not prudent for me to write to you. If you can’t agree with me upon this basic tenet which is vital to our coexistence, then I don’t want you in my life.

Even worse, though, than plainly killing innocent people is doing such in my name with my money—or rather using the power over me as collateral to fund the numerous atrocities. This is contemptible. I can no longer sit idly by without telling people how I feel. I think it is eating away at me and I think I would prefer that people hate me rather than continue to bottle up what I believe is the truth.

To me the complete realization of this certain truth comes with ease, and with the appropriate perspective it should come easy for you as well. It’s simple: imagine the person you care for most—don’t just passively contemplate their role in your life—sincerely consider their existence and what that person means to you. Remember the last time they said "I love you" or gave you a warm embrace. Now imagine a bomb has befallen them in your home and they were incinerated in the room adjacent to your own. Imagine that this explosive was imposed upon your loved one by a foreign army who is occupying what you believe to be your space. If you refuse to imagine yourself in a situation presently faced by thousands of your fellow man then, again, stop reading--you are an enabler. Now, continue to consider that the person you care about most was just accidentally turned into a spew of red. Would such an event inspire you to feel absolute contempt for such a destructive force or would you find solace in the promises of your destructors? If you wouldn’t feel complete disdain for a power which has unceremoniously destroyed everything you know in life then, again, stop reading—we will be unable to communicate in any meaningful way. Not about this nor anything else.

Our occupancy of foreign lands and our obliteration of millions of innocent people (this is not an exaggeration) remains the most pressing issue of our time—for our country, and for our species. If you care about innocent people then you should agree that this is a matter of paramount import. It should, in my opinion, be discussed above all else until it stops. Cease trying to justify what those in power are doing in your name and in my name. I don’t care if only a small fraction of a penny of my earnings goes to fund the killing of innocent people—it is so wrong—so absolutely contemptible and heinous that it makes me sick that I’m a part of it. I don’t see how any human who claims to care about his fellow people can feel any other way. If you can’t realize that you are literally funding the murder of massive amounts of humans with your tax dollars and the promised productivity of you and your children, then we can’t understand each other on even the most basic level.

I am trying to inspire you towards reason and passion. Please care about your fellow human kind. I am begging you to start believing—to begin understanding that the wars being fought in our names are wrong. I’ve decided that I can no longer be silent. This is an appropriate topic in every facet of my life. There is a constant weight of extreme guilt on my shoulders for being so idle when there are innocent people killed in the name of my freedom, using my money. What kind of convoluted world do you live in if you can’t understand that when innocent people are murdered it does nothing to help their freedom nor ours? It does quite the opposite. The people we are killing have as many loved ones as you and me. Don’t forget the way you feel about those who you love. Your feelings have power, no matter how seemingly inert--so please believe in what is just.

Violence is never the answer—in the end it will be held up as a reason to do harm in turn.



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ecorob's picture

Wonderful post!

we WILL wake up the nation to these wrongs and we will do it right here, among other places

thank you, Deducer

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but you haven't even included the millions killed by abortion (53,000,000 lives estimated to have been snuffed out in the US alone since 1973). And, our tax dollars (state and federal) keep Planned Parenthood (the largest single operator of murder mills) wealthy.

Our atrocities are screaming to heaven for vengeance because we sat by (or participated) while the helpless and the innocent were being slaughtered. What goes around, comes around. We are now under the most evil government that has ever existed in the history of the world.

May God have mercy on us. May He be more merciful to us than we have been to so many others. May He forgive our past blindness and our selfishness. May we learn by reflecting on our many mistakes to love what is right and hate what is evil.

Great post

"If you can’t realize that you are literally funding the murder of massive amounts of humans with your tax dollars and the promised productivity of you and your children, then we can’t understand each other on even the most basic level."

I feel this way, talking to most people I know.

I liked this the first time . . .

it was posted--

:)

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I wish that I could form the words

and feelings that you expressed.I hope you wont mind if I copy this and cary it with me to burn it into my mind.This has to be said in the most profound way.God why cant some people see this.

I love liberty like fresh cool air in my lungs.I love freedom like fresh cool water on my tongue.I love peace like the smooth skin of my sweet lady.And Dr.Ron Paul is the hero I believe will change the world.

If this is how you feel, then

If this is how you feel, then consider these words your own.

Thank you Deducer

Your post is magnanious.

I love liberty like fresh cool air in my lungs.I love freedom like fresh cool water on my tongue.I love peace like the smooth skin of my sweet lady.And Dr.Ron Paul is the hero I believe will change the world.

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Your powerful personal statement is

a direction I'm using among my unawakened friends also. It is necessary to use all avenues of peaceful social pressure, to demand that status quo partisans see what they are supporting, to effect a paradigm change in the world.

One more tool I'm developing is a site to explain the Nonaggression Principle and all of its ramifications quickly, gently, without scaring people who are entirely ignorant of the lies they've been fed: http://libertariansavvy.com/ Any suggestions to improve its effectiveness will be appreciated.

To change the world is a daunting task, but I do believe if we keep educating all whom we can reach, it will help evolve humanity toward the positive side of human nature that is yet woefully underdeveloped.

I could not agree more.

I could not agree more. Thanks for writing this letter. Hopefully others will read it and seriously think about the horrible death and destruction our government is responsible for around the world, and work to stop it. The same people that rail against gays in the military have no problem with killing thousands of innocent people around the world. If they have a conscience at all I do not know how they can sleep at night with their hypocracy.

well written

"killing innocent people is wrong"

profound statement.

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Well written and passionate

I agree with all said. The moral is certainly effective and more than timely. I believe that innocent people are at risk in war but most wars are not fought for the defense of country but for some political reason which is indefensible. The only justified killing is in defense of self or country.

Rocket Dog

I agree but

also realize that when we take on the discussion of inflationism, collectivism, socialism.....etc, we also discuss the source of war. War cannot exist in an open society of free exchange and commodity money as each individual is constantly seeking to benefit himself. Each exchange enriching them both and fulfilling their mutual needs all the time moving toward higher civilization rather than the destruction of it.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

My antiwar stance is based in

My antiwar stance is based in my economic beliefs. What is best for you and me is also best for society as a whole. Destruction is counterproductive. It is often easier and more effective, though, to appeal to emotions rather than intellect.

Agreed

especially when convincing the socialist minded.

"Endless money forms the sinews of war." - Cicero, www.freedomshift.blogspot.com

Well written, but...

...I have argued the same logic and exact same situation (i.e., imagine an occupier killing your loved ones) to intelligent, educated, good-to-the-core Christian-minded people, and many of them STILL argue quite indignantly that our wars (in the name of freedom) are just and proper. "It's our duty! How could you not support 'America' in this MORAL cause?!", they sincerely say to me. They think I'm the traitor! They must think I'm a coward. They think THEY'RE the patriot. They have even said they would be willing to go fight and die for the "cause of freedom", or to bring "democracy to the world" because it's America's sacred duty and honor to liberate the oppressed of the world!!!

I can't reach them.

And I know the answer as to why they are calling evil good. They are completely and in some cases irrevocably deceived. And therefore, they would stop reading your article after you said, "If you refuse to imagine yourself in a situation presently faced by thousands of your fellow man then, again, stop reading--you are an enabler."

This brainwashed nature of our society is very sad to me, almost to the point of losing hope. But I still have hope. I still have faith.

But I do believe many of these our fellow "Americans" who support these evil wars abroad will happily and out of duty to the Reich, turn true patriots in to the TSA Gestapo. Many brave true patriots will be carted off in the middle of the night, thanks to their betrayers.

May God help us. His wrath is coming.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

unreachable

The only way to 'reach them' is by living the moral of the story. Their choices -- though I detest saying 'they' as it only serves to further seperate 'us' -- are their choices. And they must, as we all must, live with the consequences of our choices all the time.

So imagine this, if you will, that it is 'the day after' all of the 'problems' (yes, all) are 'solved'. Everything is hunky-dorie. Peachy-keen. Health, happiness and good cheer abound. Clean water floweth for everyone... you get the picture...???

Now, think about what you are doing on that day.

Really, what are you doing?

Just remember, 'poof'... no problems... they simply have ceased to exist.

And when you get a clear concept of that... well, just choose to be that way -- exactly who you are in that perfect moment -- all of the time, right now.

Then take a strong stand for doing what you believe in your heart is right.

And if you will, consider that God (according to what God says of self in the Bible) is Love. It is carnal wrath, carried out in the namesake of vengence, that does us all harm. ~~~

~Christine, http://www.gozarks.com
"If at first you don't succeed, change the rules."

Check out Dr. Rokke re the deliberate DU poisoning of troops

Google Dr. Doug Rokke (who was in charge of DU cleanup in Afghanistan for the Army), and hear him speak about the utter disregard for the lives, safety and later care of US troops who have been poisoned by depleted uranium (which is built right into US munitions). Dr. Rokke, himself, is very ill. DU also poisons the soils making whole areas uninhabitable.

Anyone who sees this and remains pro government and pro war, is sick or needs a brain transplant! I believe they are making these troops sick so that they won't be a threat to the government upon their return.

Meanwhile, many babies being born in Afghanistan (and Iraq, and Kosovo, and anywhere else we've used depleted uranium) are grotesquely deformed. Similar but not so sever deformities are being seen in the babies of vets who were exposed and poisoned by DU. And our government could care less!

When I learned of this, it was the last straw for me. It should wake up the "unreachables."

There's also a video: Afghanistan After Democracy, which everybody in the US should view. Google it.

I am not interested in those

I am not interested in those who won't open their minds. Concentrate on those who will.

this has happened to me as well--

'manifest destiny' remains in the minds of most Americans--

directing them robotically, and it is almost enough to make one lose hope.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Continue to make those who

Continue to make those who support our wars feel inhuman and shunned. Keep trying to inspire human emotion in those around you.

the only time killing is just

the only time killing is just is when someone is coming to kill you. This also goes for a nation.
There is nothing wrong with having a strong military.
They should be all stationed in our nation and not outside our borders.

Wrong! Killing is righteous

Wrong! Killing is righteous when college costs have been artificially driven SO high, prospective students must enroll in the army, brandish heavy weaponry, and mow down the uneducated in another land just so they can earna credit toward a decade-long college debt!

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

put quite . . .

succinctly, assuming you know I believe it's satire.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

I have one complaint about an otherwise really good piece.

"killing innocent people is wrong"

Killing people is wrong, even the "guilty" because we are all guilty... FORGIVENESS is our task. By adding "innocent" you give murderers their excuse - that little boy's daddy was a terrorist so he was going to be one too, and the little girl was going to make MORE terrorists as soon as she got to child bearing age.

You have to know, if someone dangles Cheney I WILL watch the youtube, but that is because there is a lust for vengeance in my heart. If I ever find myself in a position where my hands are around his neck, I hope I remember that VENGEANCE IS NOT HOW I GROW. That's right, it is all about me. Justice would have Cheney incarcerated, then educated until he realized what a piece of crap he was, and then left to die a miserable old man who understood.

Love or fear? Choose again with every breath.

There's a real fine line for me....

Justice would have these tyrannical bankers like Paulson, Cheney, Addington and Lott hanging on the end of a rope.....

Personal pain is far more grandiose and serious than perceived pain. And the pain these progressive criminals have caused is outright severe, in my case nearly a forced incarceration, shredding of the bill of rights....involuntary conscription into the armed forces for twenty people I know. Over 5000 soldier's lives lost and gone, and a massively invasive surveillance state.

For these type of traitors the glee would be immense to watch their last sign off...even if prison was merely the needed path. Same for Douglas Feith and Pelosi..a fine line indeed.

beautiful,

and poignant!

Good commentary!

I agree.

George Bush and his henchmen should be sitting in prison for acts of treason against the Constitution of the United States.

And for being responsible for 4000 to 5000 American servicemen deaths and countless wounded and disabled.

I don't know how that rat bastard and his cohorts (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Kristol, Hillary Clinton, The Federal Reserve, etc.) can sleep at night.

But then again maybe it's easy when you don't have a conscience.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

correct in assuming they don't have consciences--

I used to believe that only criminals in prisons were sociopaths or psychopaths; such people were always open criminals--

and then I met someone without a conscience who is a 'law-abiding' *citizen*, going about doing some good and not minding if some destroying of others' lives takes place in a day's work--

it took me a long time to take it in--

this person drives a nice car, lives in a nice home and smiles a lot--actually makes a considerable amount of money, but is completely without any ability to feel shame or guilt.

This experience has helped me to see. At one point this person (who lives in my community and has been a close acquaintance--at one time I believed to be a friend--) has the ability to flatter, lie, deceive and contrive the most elaborate social scams and not mind the wreckage in others' lives.

I have watched it now for almost 7 years, and it is astounding. It is also interesting to see how many people believe this person is good. SOME good is done on a regular basis, to offset the destruction--

and when people begin to move away, realizing that something is 'not quite right', even then they will defend this person, because the person LOOKS SO GOOD, has substantial wealth and quite a bit of influence.

I have watched, and now I understand how all these bankers and politicians can do it. They learned at an early age, in the schoolroom, on playgrounds, in their homes, probably from their parents--

an entire group of people without conscience, who sleep quite well at night.

Naturally, they gravitate towards taking from others and manipulating wherever they are.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

If you don't stop feeling

If you don't stop feeling contempt for them, how will you change minds? Don't see the world as you see it. See it as they see it for a window into a part of them that offers you a chance to change their minds.