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David Townsend. An End to the US Wars of Aggression... American right: to be a war victim

David Townsend





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http://theshiftnetwork.com/blog/2018-01-04/hour-bully-century-visionary?mpweb=708-5527996-647785677

The Hour of the Bully — The Century of the Visionary

By James O’Dea

Bully is quintessentially short-sighted... will punish if not appeased... will always self-justify... will never concede or compromise... will view dialogue as weak and ‘winning’ arguments as strength... immediate victory is used to cash in instant rewards... truth is whatever keeps you o­n top... whoever does not side with you is an enemy to be squashed... threats are the foundation of dominance... and if the Bully feels challenged or threatened, any means to bring down hell o­n others will be used, even if that means self-destruction.

The Visionary looks ahead to the highest goal that will serve the greatest number and do the greatest good... is not concerned with winning personal adulation or approval... is deeply committed to building collaboration... knows that dialogue is essential so all sides can be fully heard... is responsive to better ideas... is flexible but doesn’t sell out... knows how to inspire the best in people... stimulates a culture of idealism... elevates true morality... respects and thrives o­n diversity... and works diligently for long-term collective success.

Even during the Hour of the Bully, the Visionary is setting sights o­n mobilizing the longed-for future. 


James O’Dea is author of a number of acclaimed works, including:

Soul Awakening Practice: Prayer, Contemplation & Action

The Conscious Activist: Where Activism Meets Mysticism

Cultivating Peace: Becoming a 21st-Century Peace Ambassador

James is a former President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Washington office director of Amnesty International, and CEO of the Seva Foundation He worked with the Middle East Council of Churches in Beirut during a time of war and massacre, and lived in Turkey for five years during civil upheaval and coup d’etat. He has taught peacebuilding to over a thousand students in 30 countries with the Shift Network. He has also conducted frontline social healing dialogues around the world. He is a member of The Evolutionary Leaders group and o­n the Advisory Board of The Peace Alliance and Kosmos Journal. James also mentors emerging leaders. Click here to visit James’ website. 

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08-01-17

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http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/48531.htm

Are our Leaders Really that Stupid? Or...

By John Perkins

January 07, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - News about civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan*, Yemen, and other countries where US military forces are involved takes us back to the Vietnam War. Makes us ask: how stupid are our leaders?

A relevant question as we end this year and begin a new o­ne.

2017 saw the airing of Ken Burns’ PBS series “The Vietnam War.” It leaves no doubt that massive air strikes, bombings and napalm that killed civilians turned the citizenry against the US. Even those people whom we purported to be helping grew to hate our presence in their country. Our military commanders and political leaders came to understand that we were so despised by the Vietnamese – including our allies in the South – that ultimately, we could not win and had to get out. Perhaps more than anything else, it was the killing of civilians that brought about the US’s ignominious defeat.

Yet, here we ago again! The numbers are debated, but the fact is that our drones, planes, missiles, bombs and o­n-the-ground soldiers are killing thousands of innocent civilians throughout the Middle East.

Although estimates vary, even the most conservative suggest that for every civilian killed at least ten more people turn against the US. Disillusioned by Washington, they look to others – ISIS, China, Russia. Not o­nly are we losing another war (wars), we are also strengthening the very people we profess to oppose.

Are our leaders really that stupid? Or is there another motive?

There is a great deal of talk these days about cutting back o­n Big Government and trying to balance the budget. Strikingly absent from such talk is the simple fact that Big Government’s most impressive office is the Pentagon and the most effective budgetary items to cut are the incredibly wasteful amounts spent o­n military equipment and strategies that fail to accomplish the goals and instead turn millions of people against us.

Washington’s recently passed 2018 military budget was touted as $700 billion; however, it actually surpasses $800 billion when relevant sections of the State and Energy Departments and intelligence agencies are included. This is bigger than the combined military budgets of the next seven – nine (depending o­n how it is measured) largest countries. (1)

Where does that money go? Who profits from these expenditures? How many of our elected officials own stock in Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and the other merchants of death, as well as the banks and Wall Street firms that finance them? (2)

You, Ken Burns, and I may think that we lost the Vietnam War. But investors in war profiteering corporations came to a different conclusion. They did then and they do now.

How stupid are they?

(1) https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-military-budget-components-challenges-growth-3306320
(2) http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-9-biggest-defense-contractors-in-america-2016-5/#1-lockheed-martin-corporation-

 

*http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/: Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan: $1,807,814,404,616

08-01-17


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Talking Peace With a Nuclear War Planner
An interview with Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg.
By Daniel Ellsberg, James W. Douglass, January 2018
https://sojo.net/magazine/january-2018/talking-peace-nuclear-war-planner
06-01-18
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Time to Call out US Militarism for What It Is: The Key Threat to America’s Security
January 3, 2018 - 5:30pm — lindorff
No more worshiping of the military
by: Dave Lindorff
http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/3749
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IN A WORLD

WHERE YOU CAN

BE ANYTHING

BE KIND.

WHY DO WE o­nLY

REST IN PEACE

WHY DON'T WE

LIVE IN PEACE TOO?

THE BEST TIME TO

PLANT A TREE WAS

20 YEARS AGO. THE

SECOND BEST TIME IS NOW.

IF YOU HAVE A GUN

YOU CAN ROB A BANK

BUT IF YOU HAVE A

BANK YOU CAN ROB

EVERYONE

 

ITS BETTER TO

WALK ALONE THAN

WITH A CROWD GOING

IN THE WRONG DIRECTION

 

MAY YOUR CHOICES

REFLECT YOUR

HOPES NOT

YOUR FEARS

(Nelson Mandela)

 

DON'T DO SOMETHING

PERMANENTLY STUPID

BECAUSE YOU'RE

TEMPORARILY UPSET

- Alison Billett(The above are some of her sayings of the day:-)

 

Best regards and health to you and everyone.

Respectfully submitted,

David

David M. Townsend, Jr., J.D.

"...mediator, advocate..."

 

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/donald-trump-forging-america-greedy-deceitful-and-cruel-its-president?akid=16554.1919070.KvcWUp&rd=1&src=newsletter1086998&t=8

 

Donald Trump Is Forging an America as Greedy, Deceitful and Cruel as Its President

29-12-17

 

Comments. Maybe it's the American militaristic Congress and the American militaristic "Democracy" 

in the Pentagon service "is forging" his and America to be similar? Maybe it's not so much in persons,
as in the vicious militaristic institutions, history, values and nature of America? This is a philosophical system question.

Leo Semashko

29-12-17

 

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An end of the US wars of aggression, crimes against humanity, genocide, assassinations, torture….

Конец войнам агрессии США, преступлениям против человечности, геноциду, убийствам, пыткам ....

"Photo of the Year", United States Veterans- Recently sent to me, 9 Dec 2017; Love, Compassion, Peace... An End to the US Wars of Aggression... David M. Townsend, Jr., J.D. "...mediator, advocate..."

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=796

«Фото года», ветераны США - послано мне 9 декабря 2017 года; Любовь, Сострадание, Мир ... Конец Войнам Агрессии США ... Дэвид М. Таунсенд, юрист, д-р права, «... посредник, адвокат ...»

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=796

 

 

FBI

Dallas

Texas

USA

Ladies, Gentlemen, Children:

 

Re:  Attempts to Peacefully Resolve Conflicts;

        Attempts to Prevent Alleged Continuing "Wars of Aggression", "Crimes Against Humanity", "Genocide", "War Crimes", "Assassinations", "Torture"...

 

You are an entity, and address, to whom I, we, have been referred concerning the matters above and below.

 

How many United States veterans have lost lives and limbs as a result of the "Wars of Aggression" ordered by United States Presidents, such as-

           GEORGE WALKER BUSH 

 

What is the responsibility of the United States FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) with regard to alleged War Criminals in their jurisdiction?

 

This communication is not sent to hold you, or the FBI, responsible for U.S. Presidents decisions to initiate alleged illegal wars of aggression; but rather to ask:

 

     What are you going to do when you know, or should know, millions of United States veterans; as well as, untold millions of innocent men, women and children, in sovereign countries, have been caused to die, or be harmed, unnecessarily by an alleged "war criminal" in your jurisdiction?

 

     For example:  Former U.S. President-

                GEORGE WALKER BUSH

 

When will the current, or next, U.S. President(s) decide to order even more wars of aggression, crimes against humanity, genocide, assassinations, torture...;

along with the resultant deaths and injuries to United States Military Personnel and Civilians;

At least partially based o­n the impunity provided to past U.S. Presidents?

 

Please consider these comments and questions.

 

If you are not the person(s), or entity, to whom this request should be addressed; will you forward to whom you deem is, or should be, responsible.

 

I, and others, will do the same.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

David M. Townsend, Jr., J.D.

"...mediator, advocate..."

http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=796

davidmtownsendjd@yahoo.com

10-12-17

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American right: to be a war victim

Dear David,

Thank you very much for your very expressive anti-militarist photograph with girls who are victims of the USA war aggressions and with a very capacious title: "An end of the US wars of aggression, crimes against humanity, genocide, assassinations, torture….", which I was happy to publish with your wonderful text o­n your personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=796. This photo is also published o­n the main page of our site as a banner (above):

 

Today, o­n the Human Rights Day, it becomes increasingly clear to all that America leaves the people of the world, including its own citizens, the o­nly right - to be victims of war, trampling o­n the fundamental right to life, which in the Declaration of Rights is reduced to o­ne word (Article 3), practically to zero for the sake of militarism ... ..

We, GHA will soon send the "Declaration of the Human Rights to Life, Global Peace and Social Harmony" as a continuation, addition and development of the limited Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and requiring the UN reform (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769).

The GHA cordially thanks you for your bold and honest anti-militarist position and highly appreciates it.
With love,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President,
10-12-17

 

Американское право: быть жертвой войны

Дорогой Давид,

Большое спасибо за вашу очень выразительную антимилитаристскую фотографию с девушками - жертвами агрессий и с очень емким названием: «Конец войнам агрессии США, преступлениям против человечности, геноциду, убийствам, пыткам ....», которую я был счастлив опубликовать с вашим замечательным текстом на вашей персональной странице: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=796. Эта фотография также опубликована на главной странице нашего сайта как баннер (выше):

 

Сегодня, в День Прав Человека становится все более ясным для всех, что Америка оставляет всем людям мира, включая собственных граждан, единственное право – право быть жертвами войны, попирая фундаментальное право на жизнь, которое в Декларации Прав оно сведено к одному слову (статья 3), фактически к нулю ради милитаризма…..

Мы, ГСГ скоро пришлем «Декларацию Права Человека на жизнь, глобальный мир и социальную гармонию» как продолжение, дополнение и развитие ограниченной Декларации Прав Человека 1948 года и требующей реформирования ООН (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=769).

ГСГ сердечно благодарит вас за вашу смелую и честную антимилитаристскую позицию и высоко ценит ее.

С любовью,
Лев Семашко,
Почетный Президент ГСГ,
10-12-17

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