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Elliott Abrams, TrumpТs Pick to Bring УDemocracyФ to Venezuela,
Has Spent His Life Crushing Democracy
By Jon Schwarz
On December 11, 1981 in El Salvador, a Salvadoran military unit created and trained by the U.S. Army began slaughtering everyone they could find in a remote village called El Mozote. Before murdering the women and girls, the soldiers raped them repeatedly, including some as young as 10 years old, and joked that their favorites were the 12-year-olds. one witness described a soldier tossing a 3-year-old child into the air and impaling him with his bayonet. The final death toll was over 800 people.The next day, December 12, was the first day on the job for Elliott Abrams as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs in the Reagan administration. Abrams snapped into action, helping to lead a cover-up of the massacre. News reports of what had happened, Abrams told the Senate, were Уnot credible,Ф and the whole thing was being Уsignificantly misusedФ as propaganda by anti-government guerillas.This past Friday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Abrams as AmericaТs special envoy for Venezuela.
According to Pompeo, Abrams Уwill have responsibility for all things related to our efforts to restore democracyФ in the oil-rich nation.The choice of Abrams sends a clear message to Venezuela and the world: The Trump administration intends to brutalize Venezuela, while producing a stream of unctuous rhetoric about AmericaТs love for democracy and human rights. Combining these two factors Ч the brutality and the unctuousness Ч is AbramsТs core competency.Abrams previously served in a multitude of positions in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations, often with titles declaring their focus on morality. First, he was assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs (in 1981); then the State Department Уhuman rightsФ position mentioned above (1981-85); assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs (1985-89); senior director for democracy, human rights, and international operations for the National Security Council (2001-05); and finally, BushТs deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy (2005-09).In these positions, Abrams participated in many of the most ghastly acts of U.S. foreign policy from the past 40 years, all the while proclaiming how deeply he cared about the foreigners he and his friends were murdering. Looking back, itТs uncanny to see how Abrams has almost always been there when U.S. actions were at their most sordid.
Abrams, a graduate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School, joined the Reagan administration in 1981, at age 33. He soon received a promotion due to a stroke of luck: Reagan wanted to name Ernest Lefever as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, but LefeverТs nomination ran aground when two of his own brothers revealed that he believed African-Americans were Уinferior, intellectually speaking.Ф A disappointed Reagan was forced to turn to Abrams as a second choice.A key Reagan administration concern at the time was Central America Ч in particular, the four adjoining nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. All had been dominated by tiny, cruel, white elites since their founding, with a centuryТs worth of help from U.S. interventions. In each country, the ruling families saw their societyТs other inhabitants as human-shaped animals, who could be harnessed or killed as needed.But shortly before Reagan took office, Anastasio Somoza, the dictator of Nicaragua and a U.S. ally, had been overthrown by a socialist revolution. The Reaganites rationally saw this as a threat to the governments of NicaraguaТs neighbors. Each country had large populations who similarly did not enjoy being worked to death on coffee plantations or watching their children die of easily treated diseases. Some would take up arms, and some would simply try to keep their heads down, but all, from the perspective of the cold warriors in the White House, were likely УcommunistsФ taking orders from Moscow. They needed to be taught a lesson.
The extermination of El Mozote was just a drop in the river of what happened in El Salvador during the 1980s. About 75,000 Salvadorans died during whatТs called a Уcivil war,Ф although almost all the killing was done by the government and its associated death squads.The numbers alone donТt tell the whole story. El Salvador is a small country, about the size of New Jersey. The equivalent number of deaths in the U.S. would be almost 5 million. Moreover, the Salvadoran regime continually engaged in acts of barbarism so heinous that there is no contemporary equivalent, except perhaps ISIS. In one instance, a Catholic priest reported that a peasant woman briefly left her three small children in the care of her mother and sister. When she returned, she found that all five had been decapitated by the Salvadoran National Guard. Their bodies were sitting around a table, with their hands placed on their heads in front of them, Уas though each body was stroking its own head.Ф The hand of one, a toddler, apparently kept slipping off her small head, so it had been nailed onto it. At the center of the table was a large bowl full of blood.Criticism of U.S. policy at the time was not confined to the left. During this period, Charles Maechling Jr., who had led State Department planning for counterinsurgencies during the 1960s, wrote in the Los Angeles Times that the U.S. was supporting УMafia-like oligarchiesФ in El Salvador and elsewhere and was directly complicit in Уthe methods of Heinrich HimmlerТs extermination squads.ФAbrams was one of the architects of the Reagan administrationТs policy of full-throated support for the Salvadoran government. He had no qualms about any of it and no mercy for anyone who escaped the Salvadoran abattoir. In 1984, sounding exactly like Trump officials today, he explained that Salvadorans who were in the U.S. illegally should not receive any kind of special status. УSome groups argue that illegal aliens who are sent back to El Salvador meet persecution and often death,Ф he told the House of Representatives. УObviously, we do not believe these claims or we would not deport these people.ФEven when out of office, 10 years after the El Mozote massacre, Abrams expressed doubt that anything untoward had occurred there. In 1993, when a United Nations truth commission found that 95 percent of the acts of violence that had taken place in El Salvador since 1980 had been committed by AbramsТs friends in the Salvadoran government, he called what he and his colleagues in the Reagan administration had done a Уfabulous achievement.Ф
The situation in Guatemala during the 1980s was much the same, as were AbramsТs actions. After the U.S. engineered the overthrow of GuatemalaТs democratically elected president in 1954, the country had descended into a nightmare of revolving military dictatorships. Between 1960 and 1996, in another Уcivil war,Ф 200,000 Guatemalans were killed Ч the equivalent of maybe 8 million people in America. A U.N. commission later found that the Guatemalan state was responsible for 93 percent of the human rights violations.
Efraín Ríos Montt, who served as GuatemalaТs president in the early 1980s, was found guilty in 2013, by GuatemalaТs own justice system, of committing genocide against the countryТs indigenous Mayans. During Ríos MonttТs administration, Abrams called for the lifting of an embargo on U.S. arms shipments to Guatemala, claiming that Ríos Montt had Уbrought considerable progress.Ф The U.S. had to support the Guatemalan government, Abrams argued, because Уif we take the attitude СdonТt come to us until youТre perfect, weТre going to walk away from this problem until Guatemala has a perfect human rights record,Т then weТre going to be leaving in the lurch people there who are trying to make progress.Ф one example of the people making an honest effort, according to Abrams, was Ríos Montt. Thanks to Ríos Montt, Уthere has been a tremendous change, especially in the attitude of the government toward the Indian population.Ф (Ríos MonttТs conviction was later set aside by GuatemalaТs highest civilian court, and he died before a new trial could finish.)
Abrams would become best known for his enthusiastic involvement with the Reagan administrationТs push to overthrow NicaraguaТs revolutionary Sandinista government. He advocated for a full invasion of Nicaragua in 1983, immediately after the successful U.S. attack on the teeny island nation of Grenada. When Congress cut off funds to the Contras, an anti-Sandinista guerrilla force created by the U.S., Abrams successfully persuaded the Sultan of Brunei to cough up $10 million for the cause. Unfortunately, Abrams, acting under the code name УKenilworth,Ф provided the Sultan with the wrong Swiss bank account number, so the money was wired instead to a random lucky recipient.
Abrams was questioned by Congress about his Contra-related activities and lied voluminously. He later pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information. one was about the Sultan and his money, and another was about AbramsТs knowledge of a Contra resupply C-123 plane that had been shot down in 1986. In a nice historical rhyme with his new job in the Trump administration, Abrams had previously attempted to obtain two C-123s for the Contras from the military of Venezuela.Abrams received a sentence of 100 hours of community service and perceived the whole affair as an injustice of cosmic proportions. He soon wrote a book in which he described his inner monologue about his prosecutors, which went: УYou miserable, filthy bastards, you bloodsuckers!Ф He was later pardoned by President George H.W. Bush on the latterТs way out the door after he lost the 1992 election.
While itТs been forgotten now, before America invaded Panama to oust Manuel Noriega in 1989, he was a close ally of the U.S. Ч despite the fact the Reagan administrationknew he was a large-scale drug trafficker.In 1985, Hugo Spadafora, a popular figure in Panama and its one-time vice minister for health, believed he had obtained proof of NoriegaТs involvement in cocaine smuggling. He was on a bus on his way to Panama City to release it publicly when he was seized by NoriegaТs thugs.According to the book УOverthrowФ by former New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer, U.S. intelligence picked up Noriega giving his underlings the go-ahead to put Spadafora down like Уa rabid dog.Ф They tortured Spadafora for a long night and then sawed off his head while he was still alive. When SpadaforaТs body was found, his stomach was full of blood heТd swallowed.
This was so horrific that it got peopleТs attention. But Abrams leapt to NoriegaТs defense, blocking the U.S. ambassador to Panama from increasing pressure on the Panamanian leader. When SpadaforaТs brother persuaded North CarolinaТs hyper-conservative GOP Sen. Jesse Helms to hold hearings on Panama, Abrams told Helms that Noriega was Уbeing really helpful to usФ and was Уreally not that big a problem. The Panamanians have promised they are going to help us with the Contras. If you have the hearings, itТll alienate them.Ф
And ThatТs Not All
Abrams also engaged in malfeasance for no discernible reason, perhaps just to stay in shape. In 1986 a Colombian journalist named Patricia Lara was invited to the U.S. to attend a dinner honoring writers whoТd advanced Уinter-American understanding and freedom of information.Ф When Lara arrived at New YorkТs Kennedy airport, she was taken into custody, then put on a plane back home. Soon afterward, Abrams went on У60 MinutesФ to claim that Lara was a member of the Уruling committeesФ of M-19, a Colombian guerrilla movement. She also, according to Abrams, was Фan active liaisonФ between M-19 Фand the Cuban secret police.ФGiven the frequent right-wing paramilitary violence against Colombian reporters, this painted a target on LaraТs back. There was no evidence then that AbramsТs assertions were true Ч ColombiaТs own conservative government denied it Ч and none has appeared since.AbramsТs never-ending, shameless deceptions wore downAmerican reporters. УThey said that black was white,Ф Joanne Omang at the Washington Post later explained about Abrams and his White House colleague Robert McFarlane. УAlthough I had used all my professional resources I had misled my readers.Ф Omang was so exhausted by the experience that she quit her job trying to describe the real world to try to write fiction.Post-conviction Abrams was seen as damaged goods who couldnТt return to government.. This underestimated him. Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., the one-time chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tangled fiercely with Abrams in 1989 over the proper U.S. policy toward Noriega once it become clear he was more trouble than he was worth. Crowe strongly opposed a bright idea that Abrams had come up with: that the U.S. should establish a government-in-exile on Panamanian soil, which would require thousands of U.S. troops to guard. This was deeply boneheaded, Crowe said, but it didnТt matter. Crowe presciently issued a warningabout Abrams: УThis snakeТs hard to kill.Ф
To the surprise of WashingtonТs more naive insiders, Abrams was back in business soon after George W. Bush entered the White House. It might have been difficult to get Senate approval for someone who had deceived Congress, so Bush put him in a slot at the National Security Council Ч where no legislative branch approval was needed. Just like 20 years before, Abrams was handed a portfolio involving УdemocracyФ and Уhuman rights.Ф
By the beginning of 2002, VenezuelaТs president, Hugo Chavez, had become deeply irritating to the Bush White House, which was filled with veterans of the battles of the 1980s. That April, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Chavez was pushed out of power in a coup. Whether and how the U.S. was involved is not yet known, and probably wonТt be for decades until the relevant documents are declassified. But based on the previous 100 years, it would be surprising indeed if America didnТt play any behind-the-scenes role. For what itТs worth, the London Observer reported at the time that Уthe crucial figure around the coup was AbramsФ and he Уgave a nodФ to the plotters. In any case, Chavez had enough popular support that he was able to regroup and return to office within days.
Abrams apparently did play a key role in squelching a peace proposal from Iran in 2003, just after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The plan arrived by fax, and should have gone to Abrams, and then to Condoleezza Rice, at the time BushТs national security adviser. Instead it somehow never made it to RiceТs desk. When later asked about this, AbramsТs spokesperson replied that he Уhad no memory of any such fax.Ф (Abrams, like so many people who thrive at the highest level of politics, has a terrible memory for anything political. In 1984, he told Ted Koppel that he couldnТt recall for sure whether the U.S. had investigated reports of massacres in El Salvador. In 1986, when asked by the Senate Intelligence Committee if heТd discussed fundraising for the contras with anyone on the NSCТs staff, he likewise couldnТt remember.)
Israel and Palestine
Abrams was also at the center of another attempt to thwart the outcome of a democratic election, in 2006. Bush had pushed for legislative elections in the West Bank and Gaza in order to give Fatah, the highly corrupt Palestinian organization headed by Yasser ArafatТs successor, Mahmoud Abbas, some badly needed legitimacy. To everyoneТs surprise, FatahТs rival Hamas won, giving it the right to form a government.This unpleasant outburst of democracy was not acceptable to the Bush administration, in particular Rice and Abrams. They hatched a plan to form a Fatah militia to take over the Gaza Strip, and crush Hamas in its home territory. As reported by Vanity Fair, this involved a great deal of torture and executions. But Hamas stole a march on Fatah with their own ultra-violence. David Wurmser, a neoconservative who worked for Dick Cheney at the time, told Vanity Fair, УIt looks to me that what happened wasnТt so much a coup by Hamas but an attempted coup by Fatah that was pre-empted before it could happen.Ф Yet ever since, these events have been turned upside down in the U.S. media, with Hamas being presented as the aggressors.While the U.S. plan was not a total success, it also was not a total failure from the perspective of America and Israel. The Palestinian civil war split the West Bank and Gaza into two entities, with rival governments in both. For the past 13 years, thereТs been little sign of the political unity necessary for Palestinians to get a decent life for themselves.Abrams then left office with BushТs exit. But now heТs back for a third rotation through the corridors of power Ц with the same kinds of schemes heТs executed the first two times.Looking back at AbramsТs lifetime of lies and savagery, itТs hard to imagine what he could say to justify it. But he does have a defense for everything heТs done Ч and itТs a good one.
In 1995, Abrams appeared on УThe Charlie Rose ShowФ with Allan Nairn, one of the most knowledgable American reporters about U.S. foreign policy. Nairn noted that George H.W. Bush had once discussed putting Saddam Hussein on trial for crimes against humanity. This was a good idea, said Nairn, but Уif youТre serious, you have to be even-handedФ Ч which would mean also prosecuting officials like Abrams.Abrams chuckled at the ludicrousness of such a concept. That would require, he said, Уputting all the American officials who won the Cold War in the dock.ФAbrams was largely right. The distressing reality is that Abrams is no rogue outlier, but a respected, honored member of the center right of the U.S. foreign policy establishment. His first jobs before joining the Reagan administration were working for two Democratic senators, Henry Jackson and Daniel Moynihan. He was a senior fellow at the centrist Council on Foreign Relations. HeТs been a member of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, and now is on the board of the National Endowment for Democracy. HeТs taught the next generation of foreign policy officials at Georgetown UniversityТs School of Foreign Service. He didnТt somehow fool Reagan and George W. Bush Ч they wanted exactly what Abrams provided.
So no matter the gruesome particulars of AbramsТs career, the important thing to remember Ч as the U.S. eagle tightens its razor-sharp talons around yet another Latin American country Ч is that Abrams isnТt that exceptional. HeТs mostly a cog in a machine. ItТs the machine thatТs the problem, not its malevolent parts.
Before joining First Look, Jon Schwarz worked for Michael MooreТs Dog Eat Dog Films and was Research Producer for MooreТs УCapitalism: A Love Story.ФHeТs contributed to many publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones, and Slate, as well as NPR and УSaturday Night Live.ФIn 2003 he collected on a $1,000 bet that Iraq would have no weapons of mass destruction.
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ADDICTED To WAR ART WALL
13-Minute Video with Frank Dorrel
Sunday, March 19th, 2017
At The Santa Monica Unitarian Universalist Church
Introduction by Maureen Cruise - Video by Paul Hunt
Thanks to Beverly Alison, Who Made My ADDICTED To WAR ART WALL Happen.
What I've Learned About US Foreign Policy - 2015 Edition -
ADDICTED To WAR Trailer - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_E0Ji8tkvw&t=154s
- Narrated by Peter Coyote - 4 Minutes
ADDICTED To WAR: Who's Who -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6s78VHKnK_A&t=83 - 3 Minutes: 44 Seconds
50 Years After My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, Revisiting the Slaughter the U.S.
Military Tried to Hide
The GI Resistance Continues: Vietnam Vets Return to My Lai, Where U.S.
Slaughtered 500 Civilians
Fifty years ago, on March 16, 1968, U.S. soldiers attacked the Vietnamese
village of My Lai. Even though the soldiers met no resistance, they
slaughtered more than 500 Vietnamese women, children and old men over the
next four hours, in what became known as the My Lai massacre. After the
massacre, the U.S. military attempted to cover up what happened. But in 1969
a young reporter named Seymour Hersh would reveal a 26-year-old soldier
named William Calley was being investigated for killing 109 Vietnamese
civilians. Today, memorials have been held in My Lai to mark the 50th
anniversary of this horrific attack.
My Christmas Song To You
We Are one
Charlie King & Karen Brandow
Charlie & Karen sang this very special song in our house at least two or
three times. They were always magical and loving in every way.
Karen had a voice like an angel and Charlie is a one-of-a kind singer and
performer. Karen Brandow PRESENTE.
Love & Peace,
Karen Brandow 1954 - 2014
Karen Brandow passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, 2014 at the age of 60 at
home in Shelburne Falls MA.She was born in Philadelphia in 1954 and spent
most of her adult life in Western Massachusetts and in Guatemala.She
devoted her life to making this world a better place through her singing,
counseling and Spanish interpreting.
Karen was a loving partner to Charlie King, a devoted daughter and a loyal
friend whose calm presence was appreciated by her community and supported by
her Buddhist practice.She was grateful for all of the blessings and
privileges of her life which she attempted to use to be of service to
others.She died as she lived: making conscious choices about medical
treatment based on her most deeply held values.
She wishes to be remembered for adding in her "grain of sand" to the ongoing
search for peace and justice in this world.She asks that anyone wishing to
honor her memory make a donation in her name to:
The Innocence Project in New York, 40 Worth Street, Suite 701, New York, NY 10013 or to Christian Peacemaker Teams: Box 6508 * Chicago, IL 60680-6508.
Here Are Some Other Anti-War/Pro-Peace Songs I Have Put Together That You
Can Listen To & Watch on YouTube.
Imagine - John Lennon
Being At War With Each Other - Carol King
Work For Peace - Gil Scott-Heron
Lives In The Balance - Jackson Browne
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Is It For Freedom - Sara Thomsen- www.youtube.com/watch?v=J96q9ICwRY0
Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon
www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwJQffbssxo - www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yU0JuE1jTk
We Are one - Charlie King & Karen Brandow
Where Have All the Flowers Gone - Kingston Trio
Blowing In The Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream - The Weavers with Pete Seeger:
We Shall Overcome - Joan Baez
Simple Song Of Freedom - Bobby Darin
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sA3Cc5-Tqfw - www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTTqkdGdv8I
What's Going on - Marvin Gaye
Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
War - Edwin Starr
Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
The Windows of The World - Dionne Warwick
Why Can't We Live Together - SADE
People Get Ready - Eva Cassidy
What The World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie Deshannon
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c2g9RYriZ4 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh9PMULbuFI
Guantanamera - Pete Seeger
Ministry of Oil - The Prince Myshkins
Marie - Andy Manoff
Regret To Inform - Dennis Davis
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDmU2O8BThc - www.youtube.com/watch?v=eALQvI6yIAo -
Ode To Peace - Dennis Davis
Paz y Libertad - José Luis Orozco
THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND - Ross Altman
Stand Up - Charlie King & Karen Brandow
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR FREEDOM-JON FROMER PRESENTE!
DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE - MAHALIA JACKSON
Across The Border Line - Ry Cooder
www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF_HX9w1tnI - www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4x1en3FcRQ
Almost Gone by Graham Nash & James Raymond - Song about Chelsea (Bradley)
Masters of War - Bob Dylan
www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJEjYY4TTjM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3CSBXkwx7o
Masters of War - Odetta
Masters of War - Ed Sheeran
Send In The Drones - Charlie King
OL' MAN RIVER - KB Solomon
If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul & Mary
Superbroke Manifesto - The SUPERBROKE BRASS, Tin & Strings Electric Marching
Earth Anthem - Stephen Longfellow Fiske
We Shall Overcome - Pete Seeger
Thanks so much for putting my list of U.S. anti-war films on your website. As my friend Blase Bonpane told me, watching these films is like getting a PHD in U.S. foreign policy.
The United States is ADDICTED To WAR. It is the biggest business in this country. Most Americans do not believe that, cannot see that, do not understand that and so not want to understand that. This includes politicians, people in the military-industrial-complex, the corporations, the bankers, the oil companies, the mainstream media and the majority of American public, who have been taught to believe that our country is such a good country and wants only to help people around the world. The propaganda they have been fed all their lives has worked for the most. Most people I know will not look at the films on my list, they will not read ADDICTED To WAR & they ignore the truth-tellers in the United States. It is truly a sad thing.
Hillary Clinton supported many of the things seen in these films. I would never have voted for her. But it is my belief that Donald Trump is not a Peace President either. He is one of the super-rich who pretty much only cares about himself and maybe his family. He has surrounded himself with other billionaires who are climate-change deniers and who do not care about the people. And I think that most of the important anti-war activists in the U.S. feel this same way about Trump.
It seems like the most important thing in the United States is money and power. The super-rich are in control and they do not care about the average person in the U.S. or in the world. As S. Brian Willson says, they are drunk with their power.
And by the way, our new anti-war film has been out for the last year. It is called: УPAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian WillsonФ. It can be rented at AMAZON.COM. You Can Rent the Film for $5.00 by going to:
"PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson"
Produced & Directed by Bo Boudart ~ Narrated by Peter Coyote ~ Associate Producer Frank Dorrel
Vietnam veteran S. Brian Willson paid the price for peace as he was run over and nearly killed by a military train during a non-violent protest at The Concord Naval Weapons Station in California on September 1st, 1987. The train was carrying weapons that were to be shipped to Central America and used to kill innocent civilians in Nicaragua, El Salvador & Guatemala. Since then, Brian has not stopped calling attention to the US governmentТs defiance of international law through waging endless illegal wars.УPAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACEФ exposes the truth about the United StatesТ addiction to war and the lies it perpetuates in order to wage ongoing violence. BrianТs story is very moving, inspirational and educational.
This Important Film Also Features:
Daniel Ellsberg, Ron Kovic, Roy Bourgeois, Medea Benjamin, Blase Bonpane, Martin Sheen, Alice Walker, Amy Goodman, Ramsey Clark, Camila Mejia, Phil Donahue, Col. Ann Wright, David Hartsough,
David Swanson, Chelsea Manning, Charlie Clements, Charlie Liteky, Duncan Murphy, George Mizo, Jack Ryan, Bruce Gagnon, President Daniel Ortega, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Lindley and Ed Ellis.
Music by Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Creedence Clearwater, Barry McGuire & Malcolm Payne.
Endorsements for: PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE
S. Brian Willson has paid the Price For Peace in lifelong regular installments and his commitment assures us that truly one heart with courage is a majority. Martin Sheen: Actor & Activist.
"S. Brian Willson is an international hero revered for his lifelong, unrelenting refusal to accept any apology for the US empire and its murderous military machine. This documentary should be seen by everyone, particularly the younger generation who may not yet be familiar with Willson's life and his challenge to every US resident to take responsibility to end the US militaristic madness".
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Historian & Author of: УAn Indigenous Peoples' History of the United StatesФ
I love Brian. And I love this film. I wish that every American, interested in truth, could see it. Since his time in Vietnam, BrianТs life has been about revealing the dark side of US foreign policy. This very important film, which includes many of BrianТs friends in the anti-war movement, also talks about how US militarism is one of the biggest contributors to Global Warming. Daniel Ellsberg: Author, Activist & Former Military Analyst, who revealed The Pentagon Papers to the New York Times in 1971.
"These are very challenging and dangerous times. We need people who can inspire us to resist. I highly recommend seeing: 'PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson'. Brian and the other people in this very important film, show us and lead us in resisting wars being waged by the United States. These illegal and immoral wars have devastated and killed millions of people in the third world".
Roy Bourgeois: Vietnam Veteran & Founder of School of The Americas Watch
This film: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE" shows what absolute commitment and dedication of one's life to peace and the absence of killing really means. What a man!
Helen Caldicott - An Australian physician, author & anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons & military action in general.
I recall being in Baghdad with Gulf Peace Team members from Europe, India and Australia, during the 1991 Desert Storm invasion of Iraq. Wanting badly to raise concern, worldwide, for suffering Iraqis who had meant the U.S. people no harm, we listed people we hoped to reach who might eventually join us in the Middle East. Brian Willson topped our list because we knew that communities of people worldwide respected his courage and credibility. "Paying The Price For Peace" educates audiences about Brian's lifelong commitment to abolish war. The film also introduces a cast of interesting people, kindred spirits with Brian Willson, who believe that nonviolence can and must change the world.
Kathy Kelly: Co-Founder of Voices For Creative Nonviolence. Has worked closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers. She is the author of УOther Lands Have DreamsФ.
"The Documentary on Brian WillsonТs life, УPaying The Price For PeaceФ, is an important must-see film for anti-war activists and should be required viewing in all social science/ethics classes in colleges and secondary schools nationwide. Acknowledging permanent war is the first step to peace."
Peter Phillips Ph.D, Professor Political Sociology Sonoma State University, Past President of Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored -
What an inspiring movie! From sea to shining sea, our country is filled with gleaming statues of war heroes. This powerful movie is a monument to a peace hero Ц telling the dramatic story of Brian WillsonТs journey from soldier to lifelong activist for peace and justice. And the movie shows that BrianТs brand of heroism is infectious and inspires other heroes."
Jeff Cohen: Co-Founder of RootsAction.org and Co-Producer of СAll Governments LieТ.
"Paying The Price For Peace" is the remarkable story of a remarkable man willing to give his life for peace. Brian Willson risked his life for the people of Central America who were being killed by U.S. bullets. Brian paid the price for peace with his legs and almost his life. The rest of us are paying the price with our souls."
Col. Ann Wright: Retired United States Army Colonel & U.S. State Department official
PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE engages our heart and lifts our spirit. It is a tale of commitment, courage and leadership. It describes how political deception makes us accomplices to policies we never knew about or agreed to and underscores the importance of struggle and community. S. Brian Willson has the lead role in the film. And the story is certainly about him. But it is also about you and me. What will we do differently because we saw this film? What will our next steps be?
Sabina Virgo: Founding President, AFSCME 2620, Community and Climate Organizer/Activist, Writer and Speaker.
See how courageous, non-violent, civil disobedience to the crimes of war can motivate you to become a more challenging citizen against militarism and corporatism that a peoples' Congress can stop."
Ralph Nader: Activist, Lawyer and Author of "Breaking Through Power
Paying The Price For Peace is a MUST SEE film by everyone who wants peace and an end to all wars. Brian Willson not only believes that УOur lives are not worth more and their lives are not worth less,Ф he acts on that belief even risking his life to stop American bombs being shipped to kill people. Millions of people all over the world who have lost loved ones in AmericaТs wars have expressed profound gratitude that Brian Willson and other Americans understand their grief and their suffering and are willing to risk their lives to stop the madness of war. Be prepared to be inspired and challenged to take your next step in creating a world where we can give up the insanity of killing one another and live as brothers and sisters in peace. Together we can end the madness of war!
David Hartsough: Author of: УWAGING PEACE: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Nonviolent ActivistФ, Founder of: PEACEMAKERS and Co-Founder of: WORLD BEYOND WAR.
"PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is as powerful as it is important, as inspiring as it is shocking and throws a strong light on an incredible man who suffered so much yet continued to stand when almost anyone else would have crumbled." It is quite literally awe inspiring.
Paul Haggis: Academy Award Winning Writer & Director (Crash & Million Dollar Baby
The OFFICE OF THE AMERICAS was proud to be participant in the Nuremberg Actions at Concord Naval weapons Station in California. And today the Nuremberg precedent is more important than ever. We must not obey illegal and immoral orders from anyone including the President of the United States. After the horror of the attack on Brian Willson at that site I was privileged to travel war ravaged Nicaragua with Brian. We flew at tree top level in a worn helicopter to see the devastation of Reagan's illegal and immoral CONTRA WAR. The people of Nicaragua came out as one to welcome their hero who had PAID THE PRICE FOR PEACE, Brian Willson.
Blase Bonpane, Ph.D: Director, Office of the Americas, Host of World Focus, heard on KPFK 90.7 FM
"Brian Willson declared his independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed. Brian Willson sat down in order to stand up. For all that I have done, Brian Willson shames me to do more; to be better. Thank you, Brian; I love you."
Cynthia McKinney: Former US Congresswoman from Georgia & Green Party Presidential Candidate.
PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is a great film about the life and pure dedication of a great activist. Brian Willson began as an All-American boy. He stayed true to his patriotic upbringing. When faced with the enormous contradictions of the Vietnam War, he told the hard truths about the moral depravity of that war. From then on, Brian remained determined in speaking truth to power, about US war making in Latin America and beyond. He paid the ultimate price for peace when he sat on the tracks blocking a weapons shipment to Central America. A humble man always, Brian inspires all of us to keep working for peace. Ц
Bruce Gagnon: Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space.
"Thank you for this inspiring story of Brian Willson so that future generations can be motivated by his courage and fortitude."
Medea Benjamin: Founder of CODEPINK and Life Long Anti-War activist
"A Hero's story of courageous sacrifice, dedication, excitement, adventure, and solidarity."
David Swanson: Author and Founder of World Beyond War
As an Army medic in Vietnam, I have often said that Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War. "Paying The Price For Peace" is a primary example of how lying is the essential ingredient of any war. If you do not follow the deceit of the money trail and who profits off of war, you will be forever lost in the rhetoric. one of the most profound statements I have ever read about the Vietnam War, was written by Brian Willson. Brian witnessed four atrocities in Vietnam, after U.S. jets bombed four Vietnamese villages killing hundreds of innocent civilians. When Brian walked into the first village, he looked down at a dead Vietnamese mother holding three dead children who were scorched by napalm and these were his words: "In that moment and it only took a second, I got it." That was the profound lying war in Vietnam and that is why "Paying The Price For Peace" is such a monumental accomplishment in telling the truth.
Mike Hastie: Army Medic Vietnam, Veterans For Peace & Photojournalist.
"Brilliant documentary about an incredible antiwar hero. This film should be a strong contender for an Oscar."
Michael D. Knox, PhD: Chair US Peace Memorial Foundation
S. Brian Willson stands courageous, strong and tall among the very best of our inspirational heroes. "Paying The Price For Peace" is both a beautiful portrait and engaging account of an iconic champion of deep conscience, intelligence and humanity. It also provides terrifying examples of the brute force, violence and militarism used in attempts to silence voices of peace, justice and brotherhood. Presente, one and all, for this brilliant film.
Maureen Cruise RN: Peace Advocate, Director Health Care for All - Los Angeles Chapter
"What makes Paying The Price so powerful is hearing the voices of so many veterans, women and men who know what war is and have had the courage to walk away. They invite us to remember Ц however much the national УsecurityФ state would like us to forget -- that every one of us can be brave. Courage (like cowardice) is a habit we can learn by practice. And thereТs no better teacher than Brian Willson."
Rebecca Gordon: Author of "Mainstreaming Torture: Ethical Approaches in the Post 9/11 United States"
"Paying The Price For Peace" is an amazing must see film. Brian Willson has been on an incredible life's journey. As a young conservative Republican, who believed what he was taught in this country, he enlisted in the Air Force, became an officer and was sent to Vietnam in 1969. one of his first assignments was to access the success of targets we had bombed. Brian witnessed a fishing village with close to 100 people in it who were all either dead or dying. There were no soldiers and no weapons. Just women, children and a few old men. In the next week he witnessed 4 other villages that had been bombed with the same results. His life was changed forever. When he spoke out to his superiors about what he had seen, he was sent back to the United States. In the 1980's Brian decided to go to Central America to see just what our country was doing there. That led to his involvement with 'Veterans Fast For Life' in 1986 and then blocking trains at The Concord Naval Weapons Station in California in 1987, where he was run over by a train carrying weapons to be shipped to Central America and used to kill innocent people. He lost both legs but survived and became much more well known to people in the anti-war movement. This film covers all of these actions so clearly and also includes many other well-known anti-war activists in this country, who are on a similar journey as Brian, which is to reveal the true and brutal nature of US foreign policy. If you care about the human race, please see this film.
Frances Fisher: Actress and Activist
At a time when the peace movement is in disarray and at a time when progressives have given the United States a free pass on endless war and drone killings, Brian Willson is an example for the peace movement all over the world. If we are to survive as a species, we will all have to: Pay The Price For Peace. Regis Tremblay: Directed & Produced both: У30 Seconds To MidnightФ and УGhosts of JejuФ.
Paying The Price For Peace" is a powerful work that all of us can learn from. S. Brian Willson's commitment to the ideals of our democracy is an inspiration to all of us and a great example of a "fearless individual" in pursuit of the truth." Joseph C. Stillman, Producer/Director of: УCITIZEN CLARK: A Life of PrincipleФ Ц a film in progress.
УPAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE is FANTASTIC! I REALLY LOVE this film. It is one to be Seen by ALL. I mean ALL. EVERYONE! For the History ALONE! So well doneФ.
Julie Webster: Teacher, Poet, Videographer and Anti-War Activist.
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Dr. Leo Semashko's commentary.
Anti-war Films and Peace Science.
The American militaristic policy source is the American militaristic democracy of 1% of billionaires. This democracy has become synonymous with militarismin general, military totalitarianism, global aggression and narcotic, pathological for America, ADDICTION TO WAR as was proofed by Frank Dorrel. The world sees how the US Congress stamps routinelythe laws of endless wars, sanctions and aggressions around the world and militarist zombies the country's population with the propaganda of their fake media.US militaristic democracy is the decline of the American empire and American military historyin a whole. America is not the first empire to collapse from the burden of militarism and militaristic democracy. Its collapse requires scientific analysis and the replacement by 100% democracy of the Spherons, excluding total militarism by global peace from deep harmony:http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=424
Anti-war, anti-American films created and recommended by Frank have a huge emotional significance, nurturing aversion to American militarism and the American empire. Such emotions are very important. But this is not enough. A deep scientific analysis is required to reveal the objective pillars of positive global peace from internal harmony, which is replacing militarism and its power. This is suggested by the GHA УGlobal Peace ScienceФ of 174 coauthors (including Frank) from 34 countries (http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf) as a natural theoretical addition and intellectual explanation of the Frank's wonderful films. The GHA highly appreciates FrankТscolossal critical anti-militaristic work, which is an integral part of this fundamental science.
омментарий Ћьва —емашко к письму ‘рэнка ƒоррела от 21-07-17.
јнтивоенные фильмы и наука мира.
»сточник јмериканской милитаристской политики - американска€ милитаристска€ демократи€ 1% миллиардеров. Ёта демократи€ стала синонимом милитаризма вообще, военного тоталитаризма, глобальной агрессии и наркотической, патологической дл€ јмерики, приверженности к войне. ћир видит, как онгресс —Ўј регул€рно штампует законы бесконечных войн, санкций и агрессий по всему миру и милитаристски зомбирует население страны пропагандой своих фейковых медиа. ћилитаристска€ демократи€ —Ўј - это закат јмериканской империи и јмериканской военной истории в целом. јмерика - не перва€ импери€, котора€ рушитс€ от бремени милитаризма и милитаристской демократии. ≈е крах требует научного анализа и замены 100% демократией —феронов, исключающей тотальный милитаризм глобальным миром из глубокой гармонии: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=424
јнтивоенные, антиамериканские фильмы, созданные и рекомендованные ‘рэнком, имеют огромное эмоциональное значение, воспитыва€ отвращение к јмериканскому милитаризму и јмериканской империи. ѕодобные эмоции очень важны. Ќо этого недостаточно. “ребуетс€ глубокий научный анализ, который раскрывает объективные основани€ позитивного глобального мира из внутренней гармонии, который идет на смену милитаризма и его власти. Ёто предлагает ЂЌаука √лобального ћираї √—√ 174 соавторов (включа€ ‘рэнка) из 34 стран (http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf) как естественное теоретическое дополнение и интеллектуальное объ€снение замечательных фильмов ‘рэнка. √—√ высоко ценит колоссальную критическую антимилитаристскую работу ‘рэнка, котора€ составл€ет неотъемлемую часть этой фундаментальной науки.
Important Anti-War Films You Can Watch on-Line
This Is The Most Important Email I Will Ever Send To You ~ Anti-War Films You Can Watch on-Line ~ The Secret Government ~ The Panama Deception ~ War Made Easy ~ Cover-Up: Behind The Iran-Contra Affair ~ Hearts & Minds ~ Occupation 101 & Others.
Published on DorrelТs personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=668
Dear Anti-War Friends,
This is the most important email I will ever send to you! The links to these
anti-war films that you can watch on-line sometimes are taken down. So I
have included two or three links when possible. I realize that I have listed
many films here. There is no need to try to watch all of these films in a
short period of time. But the films listed below basically spell out what I
like to call: УThe True Nature of U.S. Foreign PolicyФ. These films are the
proof that the United States has killed as many as 20 million or more
innocent people since the end of World War II - with many millions more
being injured, losing their homes and having their way of life ruined.This
list is the best way I can think of to help educate yourself and others who
might be interested in knowing about this. I believe that the Americans who
have died in these wars, have died for lies coming from our government and
our mainstream media, which are both owned by the same people who profit
from these wars.
It is what I call: УThe Big LieФ.It is Orwellian and like The Matrix. I do
not know what is actually going on now in Syria, Libya, Ukraine or Yemen,
but one thing I do know is that we cannot trust that the United States will
ever do the right thing when it comes to foreign policy. Whatever action
this country takes is to benefit the corporations, the oil companies, the
bankers and the war machine: also known as: The Military Industrial Complex.
The United States is ADDICTED To WAR.
It is up to us to try to stop this horrible situation. There are more people
now who do understand this to some degree than ever before in history. The
films listed below and many books that have been written on this subject are
a big reason why this is so. Not to mention the many anti-war/peace groups
there are in this country. And the Internet is another big reason there is
more awareness about this. In the alterative media, Democracy Now, hosted by
Amy Goodman, is the most listened to/watched program in this country. Their
website is: www.democracynow.org . You will hear more truth by listening to
Democracy Now than anywhere else. Another good source of truth is The
To my knowledge, no one else has ever put together a list like this one.
Publisher: ADDICTED To WAR
Associate Producer: PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE
Producer: What IТve Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy
P.O. Box 3261
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Important Anti-War Films You Can Watch on-Line
Bill MoyerТs The Secret Government: The Constitution In Crisis Ц PBS - 1987
This is the full length 90 minute version of Bill Moyer's 1987 scathing
critique of the criminal subterfuge carried out by the Executive Branch of
the United States Government to carry out operations which are clearly
contrary to the wishes and values of the American people. The ability to
exercise this power with impunity is facilitated by the National Security
Act of 1947. The thrust of the exposé is the Iran-Contra arms and
drug-running operations which flooded the streets of our nation with crack
The Panama Deception Ц Won Academy Award for Best Documentary in 1992 -
Narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery Ц Directed by Barbara Trent - Produced by
The Empowerment Project
This Academy Award Winning film documents the untold story of the December
1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive
force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating
aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this
internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which
widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the
U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this
foreign policy disaster. -www.documentarystorm.com/the-panama-deception
HEARTS AND MINDS Ц Directed by Peter Davis Ц Won Academy Award for Best
Documentary in 1975.
Peter Davis created one of the most moving accounts of the Vietnam War and
the attitudes at home when he produced "Hearts and Minds". The film looks
unflinchingly at the nature of power and horrible consequences of war. It is
very much a pro-peace film, but uses the people who were there to speak for
themselves. It also seeks to probe deeper underneath the American psyche of
the times and evolves into a historical document about the violent social
rupture that happened between the fifties and the sixties.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGbC3gUlqz0 - www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdJcOWVLmmU
WAR MADE EASY: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us To Death - Narrated
by Sean Penn Ц By The Media Education Foundation Ц 2007 - www.mediaed.org
Based on Book by Norman Solomon titled: WAR MADE EASY-
War Made Easy reaches into the Orwellian memory hole to expose a 50-year
pattern of government deception & media spin that has dragged the United
States into one war after another from Vietnam to Iraq. This film exhumes
remarkable archival footage of official distortion & exaggeration from LBJ
to George W. Bush, revealing in stunning detail how the American news media
have uncritically disseminated the pro-war messages of successive
presidential administrations. War Made Easy gives special attention to
parallels between the Vietnam war and the war in Iraq. Guided by media
critic Norman SolomonТs meticulous research and tough-minded analysis, the
film presents disturbing examples of propaganda and media complicity from
the present alongside rare footage of political leaders and leading
journalists from the past, including Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Defense
Secretary Robert McNamara, dissident Senator Wayne Morse and news
correspondents Walter Cronkite and Morley Safer.
Cover-Up: Behind The Iran-Contra Affair - Narrated by Elizabeth Montgomery Ц
Directed by Barbara Trent - Produced by The Empowerment Project - 1988
COVER-UP is the only film which presents a comprehensive overview of the
most important stories suppressed during the Iran Contra hearings. It is the
only film that puts the entire Iran Contra affair into a meaningful
political and historical context. The shadow government of assassins, arms
dealers, drug smugglers, former CIA operatives and top US military personnel
who were running foreign policy unaccountable to the public, revealing the
Reagan/Bush administration's plan to use FEMA to institute martial law and
ultimately suspend the Constitution. Strikingly relevant to current events.
- www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOlMo9dAATw - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDdItm-PDeM www.empowermentproject.org/films.html
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky & The Media - Produced & Directed by
Mark Achbar Ц Directed by Peter Wintonick Ц 1993 - www.zeitgeistfilms.com
This film showcases Noam Chomsky, one of America's leading linguists &
political dissidents. It also illustrates his message of how government and
big media businesses cooperate to produce an effective propaganda machine in
order to manipulate the opinions of the United States populous.Ц
www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrBQEAM3rE - www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FKdU_xL4O8 -
Hijacking Catastrophe: 911, Fear & The Selling of the American Empire -
Narrated by Julian Bond - The Media Education Foundation Ц 2004 -
The 9/11 terror attacks continue to send shock waves through the American
political system. Continuing fears about American vulnerability alternate
with images of American military prowess and patriotic bravado in a
transformed media landscape charged with emotion and starved for
information. The result is that we have had little detailed debate about the
radical turn US policy has taken since 9/11. Hijacking Catastrophe places
the Bush Administration's original justifications for war in Iraq within the
larger context of a two-decade struggle by neo-conservatives to dramatically
increase military spending while projecting American power and influence
globally by means of force.
Occupation 101: Voices of the Silenced Majority Ц Directed By Sufyan &
Abdallah Omeish -2006 - Best Film IТve Seen about the Israeli-Palestinian
A thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and
historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other
film ever produced on the conflict -- 'Occupation 101' presents a
comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never
ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and
misconceptions. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the
role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that
stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict
are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading
Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and
humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American
media outlets. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuI5GP2LJAs-
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land: US Media & the Israeli-Palestinian
Conflict - The Media Education Foundation Ц 2003 - www.mediaed.org
Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S.
and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing
in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false
perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary
exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil,
and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work
in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a
powerful influence over how news from the region is reported. Ц
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSXFNSvInIE - www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiiQI7QMJ8w
Paying The Price - Killing the Children of Iraq - John Pilger Ц 2000 Ц This
documentary by John Pilger shows the appalling reality of what happens to a
country under economic sanctions. ItТs about the punishment of a whole
nationЧthe killing of hundreds of thousands of people, including many young
children. They are all the nameless and faceless victims of their own
government and of an endless war that Western nations have waged against
Guns, Drugs & The CIA - Original Air Date: May 17th, 1988 Ц on PBS Frontline
- Produced & Written by Andrew and Leslie Cockburn - Directed by Leslie
Frontline investigation into CIA drug running to fund foreign operations.
Introduced by Judy Woodruff.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpoahXzt-lM - www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF27ld7lF_c-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xn7m1NFRRE - https://vimeo.com/181665011
УWhat IТve Learned About US Foreign Policy: The War Against The Third World"
Ц by Frank Dorrel Ц Updated 2014 Edition
This is a 2-Hour: 23-Minute Video Compilation Featuring the Following 13
1. Martin Luther King Jr. (02:55)
2. John Stockwell, Ex-CIA Station Chief (06:14)
3. Coverup: Behind The Iran-Contra Affair (19:34)
4. School of Assassins (13:25)
5. Genocide by Sanctions (12:58)
6. Philip Agee, Former CIA Case Officer (22:08)
7. Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now! (5:12)
8. The Panama Deception(22:10)
9. Crisis In The Congo(14:11)
10. Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, Peace Activist (04:32)
11. Jimmy Carter, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid (04:35)
12. Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General (07:58)
13. S. Brian Willson, Vietnam Veteran for Peace (08:45)
This video has been seen by millions of people since 2000. It is an
excellent & invaluable educational tool that reveals the true nature of U.S.
ItТs been screened in many high schools, colleges, churches, homes, on cable
TV, in theaters and shown by many Peace & Justice Anti-WarOrganizations.
Howard Zinn, S. Brian Willson, Blase Bonpane, Michael Parenti, Oliver Stone,
Ed Asner, Father Roy Bourgeois, Ramsey Clark, William Blum, Kathy Kelly,
Susan Sarandon, Chalmers Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Col. Ann Wright and
Woody Harrelson have seen this film & have found it to be very informative
The new segments are: Crisis In The Congo, Dr. Dahlia Wasfi & Jimmy Carter,
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. Visuals have been added to the John
More than one person has called: УWhat IТve Learned About U.S. Foreign
Policy: The War Against The Third World": УTimelessФ.
Vietnam: American Holocaust - Narrated by Martin Sheen Ц Written, Produced &
Directed by Clay Claiborne - 2008 -
This film exposes one of the worst cases of sustained mass slaughter in
history, carefully planned & executed by presidents of both parties. Our
dedicated generals & foot soldiers, knowingly or unknowingly, killed nearly
5 millionpeople, on an almost unimaginable scale, mostly using incendiary
bombs. Vietnam has never left our national consciousness & now, in this
time, it has more relevance than ever.www.vietnam.linuxbeach.net
Arsenal of Hypocrisy: The Space Program & The Military Industrial Complex -
With Bruce Gagnon & Noam Chomsky Ц 2004 - www.space4peace.org
Today the Military Industrial Complex is marching towards world dominance
through Space technology on behalf of global corporate interest. To
understand how and why the space program will be used to fight all future
wars on earth from space, it's important to understand how the public has
been misled about the origins and true purpose of the Space Program. Arsenal
of Hypocrisy features Bruce Gagnon: Coordinator: Global Network Against
Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, Noam Chomsky and Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar
Mitchell talking about the dangers of moving the arms race into space. The
one-hour production features archival footage, Pentagon documents, and
clearly outlines the U.S. plan to "control and dominate" space and the Earth
below. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cf7apNEASPk
Beyond Treason Ц Written & Narrated by Joyce Riley - Directed by William
Lewis - 2005 - www.beyondtreason.com
Is the United States knowingly using a dangerous battlefield weapon banned
by the United Nations because of its long-term effects on the local
inhabitants and the environment? Explore the illegal worldwide sale and use
of one of the deadliest weapons ever invented. Beyond the disclosure of
black-ops projects spanning the past 6 decades, Beyond Treason also
addresses the complex subject of Gulf War Illness. It includes interviews
with experts, both civilian and military, who say that the government is
hiding the truth from the public and they can prove it. UNMASKING SECRET
MILITARY PROJECTS: Chemical & Biological Exposures, Radioactive Poisoning,
Mind Control Projects, Experimental Vaccines, Gulf War Illness & Depleted
Uranium (DU). www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRG8nUDbVXU-
The Friendship Village - Directed & Produced by Michelle Mason - 2002-
A timely, inspiring film about our ability to transcend war, 'The Friendship
Village' tells the story of George Mizo, a war hero-turned-peace activist
after losing his entire platoon in an opening salvo of the 1968 Tet
Offensive of the Vietnam War. George's journey to heal the wounds of war
leads him back to Vietnam where he befriends the Vietnamese General
responsible for killing his entire platoon. Through their friendship, the
seeds of the Vietnam Friendship Village Project are sewn: a reconciliation
project near Hanoi that treats children with Agent Orange-related illnesses.
One man could build a village; one village could change the world.
Breaking The Silence: Truth and Lies in The War on Terror - A Special Report
by John Pilger Ц 2003 - www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/break.html
The documentary investigates George W Bush's "war on terror". In "liberated"
Afghanistan, America has its military base & pipeline access, while the
people have the warlords who are, says one women, "in many ways worse than
the Taliban". In Washington, a series of remarkable interviews includes
senior Bush officials & former intelligence officers. A former senior CIA
official tells Pilger that the whole issue of weapons of mass destruction
was "95 per cent charade".www.youtube.com/watch?v=phehfVeJ-wk-
The War on Democracy - by John Pilger - 2007 -
This film shows how US intervention, overt and covert, has toppled a series
of legitimate governments in the Latin American region since the 1950s. The
democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende, for example,
was ousted by a US backed coup in 1973 and replaced by the military
dictatorship of General Pinochet. Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and
El Salvador have all been invaded by the United States. Pilger interviews
several ex-CIA agents who took part in secret campaigns against democratic
countries in the region. He investigates the School of the Americas in the
US state of Georgia, where PinochetТs torture squads were trained along with
tyrants and death squad leaders in Haiti, El Salvador, Brazil and Argentina.
The film unearths the real story behind the attempted overthrow of
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez in 2002 and how the people of the barrios
of Caracas rose up to force his return to power.
Crisis In The Congo: Uncovering The Truth Ц By The Friends of the Congo -
2011 Ц 27 Minutes - www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLV9szEu9Ag Ц
Millions of Congolese have lost their lives in a conflict that the United
Nations describes as the deadliest in the world since World War Two. United
States allies, Rwanda and Uganda, invaded in 1996 the Congo (then Zaire) and
again in 1998, which triggered the enormous loss of lives, systemic sexual
violence and rape, and widespread looting of CongoТs spectacular natural
wealth. The ongoing conflict, instability, weak institutions, dependency and
impoverishment in the Congo are a product of a 125 year tragic experience of
enslavement, forced labor, colonial rule, assassinations, dictatorship,
wars, external intervention and corrupt rule. Analysts in the film examine
whether U.S. corporate and government policies that support strongmen and
prioritize profit over the people have contributed to and exacerbated the
tragic instability in the heart of Africa. Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering
The Truth explores the role that the United States and its allies, Rwanda
and Uganda, have played in triggering the greatest humanitarian crisis at
the dawn of the 21st century. The film is a short version of a feature
length production to be released in the near future. It locates the Congo
crisis in a historical, social and political context. It unveils analysis
and prescriptions by leading experts, practitioners, activists and
intellectuals that are not normally available to the general public. The
film is a call to conscience and action.
Thirty Seconds To Midnight: The Final Wake-Up Call - By Filmmaker Regis
Tremblay - www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nd5hXwenwzc&t=620sЦNarrated by Regis
A shocking documentary that traces the origins of U.S. genocides, military
interventions and wars from the 15th century when the white, colonial
explorers first came to the Americas to the very present. American
Exceptionalism, Manifest Destiny, and the right to claim the earth and its
resources as their own are the beliefs that are the foundation of American
foreign policy in the 21st Century that has humanity on the brink of
extinction. Humanity is on the brink of extinction! Nuclear power is not
safe. 48 of AmericaТs nuclear power plants are leaking and there is no way
to get rid of nuclear waste. AmericaТs reckless provocations of both Russia
and China, two nuclear-armed countries, risk a nuclear holocaust from which
no one survives. Climate change and global warming, if not mitigated
immediately, will end the human experiment on earth sooner rather than
later. Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ray McGovern, Chris Hedges, Ann Wright, Peter
Kuznick, Bill McKibben, David Vine, Bruce Gagnon and other activists,
scholars, and authors explain and clarify the crisis and threats to life on
NO MORE VICTIMS Ц Videos of 4 War-Injured Iraqi Children NMV Brought to the
US for Medical Treatments: www.nomorevictims.org
What American Missiles Did to 9-Year Old Salee Allawi in Iraq -
In this video, Salee Allawi & her father tell the harrowing story of the
American air strike that blew off her legs while she was playing outside her
home in Iraq. Her brother & best friend were killed.
Nora, A 5-Year Old Iraqi Girl: Who Was Shot in the Head by a US Sniper-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft49-zlQ1V4 - www.nomorevictims.org/children-2/noora
As her father writes, УOn October 23, 2006 at 4:00 in the afternoon,
American snipers positioned on a rooftop in my neighborhood started firing
toward my car. My daughter Nora, a five-year-old child, was hit in the head.
Since 2003 No More Victims has secured treatment for children injured by US
Abdul HakeemТs Story Ц Narrated by Peter Coyote Ц
www.nomorevictims.org/?page_id=107- on April 9, 2004 at 11:00 PM, during
the First Siege of Fallujah, Abdul Hakeem & his family were asleep at home
when mortar rounds fired by US forces rained down on their home, destroying
one side of his face. His mother suffered abdominal & chest injuries & has
undergone 5 major operations. His older brother & sister were injured and
his unborn sister killed. US forces did not permit ambulances to transport
civilian casualties to the hospital. In fact, they fired on ambulances, one
of many violations of international law committed by US forces in the April
assault. A neighbor volunteered to take the family to the hospital, where
doctors assessed HakeemТs chances of survival at five percent. They laid his
limp body aside & treated other civilian casualties whose chances of
survival appeared higher.
Agustin Aguayo: A Man of Conscience - A Short Film by Peter Dudar & Sally
Marr - www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAFH6QGPxQk
Iraq War Veteran Agustin Aguayo served his country for four years in the
Army but was repeatedly denied Conscientious Objector status. His Press
Conference never made the NEWS!
Jesus...A Soldier Without A Country - A Short Film by Peter Dudar & Sally
Marr - www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYeNyJFJOf4
Fernando Suarez, whose only son Jesus was the first Marine from Mexico to be
killed in the Iraq War, marches for Peace from Tijuana to San Francisco.
From militaristic addiction to global peacemaking from harmony
through scientific holistic thinking
Many thanks for your unique and grandiose anti-war anti-American list of documentaries that was published on your personal page: http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=668
These films are the fundamental proof of the militaristic nature of the American state and American democracy, which is concentrated in your words: "The True Nature of U.S. Foreign Policy": "the United States has been killed as many as 20 million or more innocent people since the end of World War II - with many millions more being injured, losing their homes and having their way of life ruinedЕ. The United States is ADDICTED To WAR."
Why the US is addicted to war? What is the deep and original cause of this predilection? What means can overcome this suicidal for the US militaristic addiction?
Many private answers to these questions have been integrated and holistically interpreted in the "Global Peace Science" (GPS) from the harmony in the book of 174 co-authors from 34 countries, including you: http://peacefromharmony.org/docs/global-peace-science-2016.pdf (pp. 352-355, 357-358, etc.)
The essence of this unique paradigm and its scientific answer to these questions is as follows. The liberal understanding of freedom as a liberation from the rule of the British Empire, placed by the founding fathers as the value foundation of the United States, resulted in an unlimited absolutism of this important but private/insufficient value, leading it for more than two centuries to degeneration into freedom of violence, wars, murder, militarism, terrorism, aggression and totalitarianism of the ruling corporate and irremovable elite of 1% of the population.
The similar absolutization in Marxism of another private value - labor - in the world class struggle of the proletarian dictatorship turned into a class genocide of tens of millions of innocent victims of many nations and the collapse of the USSR as the leader of this other antihuman, erroneous and militaristic ideology.
An alternative to these temporary, partial and equally inhumane violent ideologies of liberal capitalism and proletarian communism, based on the absolutization of partial values, is the Global Peace Science, built on the universal value of all civilizations - on social harmony. This value includes all other partial values (freedom, labor, equality, democracy, justice, etc.), it does not exist without them, but it limits them and does not allow their disharmonious absolutization, perversion and degeneration into this or that absolute evil of violence, wars, aggression, etc. Social reality and the structure of harmony are revealed in this science, which requires the replacement of both traditional value priorities and forms of violent democracy in order to free them from their innate pathological militaristic addiction.
Dear Frank! Your great anti-militarist revelatory activity for several decades, deserving of all praise, I believe, requires a logical continuation and evolutionary development in the transition from a purely critical work, which is undoubtedly necessary and important but insufficient, to a positive and integral scientific peacemaking activity to advance GPS from harmony to the various institutions of American society, beginning with the Congress and the President, in the form of an appropriate "Agenda": http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=757This is the "third way" beyond of capitalism and communism, but integrating their achievements and advantages, which Pope John Paul II spoke about and some scientists.
Do you agree to expand your remarkable efforts in this way, giving them a new, scientific and constructive meaning? We, the GHA will be happy to cooperate with you in this direction, preserving and strengthening your powerful criticism. To free themselves from militaristic addiction of any kind (liberal, Marxist, Nazi, racist, terrorist and etc.), a new paradigm of thinking in harmony is needed. In the old paradigms that have been discredited for centuries, this liberation, as we see, does not work. Do you agree with this historic fact and the mental necessity that follows from it?
Friendly, with the best wishes of peace from harmony through science,
Dr. Leo Semashko,
GHA Honorary President,
Frank Dorrel Biography
I am an Anti-War/Peace Activist living in Culver City with my wife Jane and
our daughter Emily.
I first came to The Santa Monica Unitarian Church in 1981. I read a short
pamphlet about the Church.
I really liked the part that said: "We Don't Know The Truth". Later on, I
became a member.
I liked hearing Rev. Ernie Pipes' sermons very much. And later, I liked Rev.
Judith Meyers very much.
She was very supportive of me and my anti-war work.
I met my wife Jane right here in Forbes Hall in 1982. We were married in
1988 by our friend and
Unitarian Minister Dan O'Neil, who had interned at this church.
I learned a lot about U.S. foreign policy in Central America at this church.
Maggie Pipes was instrumental in that process.
In 2000, I put together my film: "What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign
Policy: The War Against The Third World"
which has been seen by as many as 2 million people. The first ever screening
was held at the SMUU Church in 2000.
Judith Meyers suggested that we screen it here and introduced me that night
to a very large audience.
In 2002, I published the anti-war book: "ADDICTED To WAR: Why The U.S. Can't
Kick Militarism" - by Joel Andreas.
Co-published with AK Press, we have now distributed close to 240,000 copies
in English.You can read the 2004 edition at:
ADDICTED To WAR has also been published in fourteen other languages and has
been used by hundreds of high school
teachers and college professors as a history book. It is one of the most
popular books in the anti-war movement.
I am the Associate Producer of the new film: "PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE:
The Story of S. Brian Willson".
I served in the U.S. Air Force and am a member of Veterans For Peace, both
the Los Angeles and National Chapters.
I am on the Board of Directors of: "The Office of The Americas" in Santa
Monica, founded by Blase & Theresa Bonpane:
www.officeoftheamericas.org.I recommend WORLD FOCUS on KPFK, with Blase
Bonpane, Sunday's at 10:00 AM
I went to The Annual School of The Americas Protest Vigil, located at Fort
Benning in Columbus, Georgia, eight years
in a row. The SOA Watch was founded by Father Roy Bourgeois. Some years ago
I hosted Roy in speaking at this church.
Since 2000, I have organized and hosted five to six Anti-War/Peace & Justice
events every year at our home or at The Peace Center,
both in Culver City. I hosted many events with Don White. The Event Room at
The Peace Center is now titled: The Don White Room.
In 2004, I helped to create The Arlington West Memorial, a site for
remembering & honoring Iraqi & Afghanistan war
dead, a project of The Los Angeles Chapter of Veterans For Peace. This
amazing memorial is still happening every
Sunday, in the sand, next to The Santa Monica Pier. Please go and visit it
one Sunday after church:
I worked closely with NO MORE VICTIMS, an organization that brought
war-injured Iraqi children to the United States,
for desperately needed medical treatment: www.nomorevictims.org
Since 1981, I have listened to and supported KPFK 90.7 Listener Sponsored FM
Radio here in Los Angeles: www.kpfk.org
I highly recommend listening daily to DEMOCRACY NOW, hosted by Amy Goodman
on KPFK & on over 1,400 other
radio & television stations. www.democracynow.org
My website is: www.addictedtowar.com. My ATW-NEWS Email List announces
Anti-War and Peace & Justice events in
the Los Angeles area. My phone number is: 310-838-8131. My email address is:
Thanks so much to Beverly Alison and to this Church for hosting my Anti-War
Art Wall during the Month of March, 2017.
P.O. Box 3261
Culver City, CA 90231-3261
Publisher: ADDICTED To WAR
Associate Producer: PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE
Producer: What I've Learned About US Foreign Policy
The New 2015 Updated Edition of ADDICTED To WAR is now available. ATW author Joel Andreas has added America's Drone Wars (on the cover), Obama, Bradley Manning, Tomas Young, ISIS, Syria and has updated the number of deaths in Iraq & Afghanistan and the money spent on these wars.
We have also added 5 new endorsements for the book: Medea Benjamin, Cynthia McKinney, Col. Ann Wright, David Swanson and Glenn Greenwald. The book was last updated in 2004. Since 2002 close to 240,000 copies have been distributed in English.
ADDICTED TO WAR takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. It tells the history of U.S. foreign wars - from the Indian Wars to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - in comic book format.
With 74 hard-hitting pages, this book reveals why the U.S. has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Packed with historical photographs and quotes from people in the military, the government, and big business, ADDICTED To WAR explains who benefits from these military adventures, who pays, and who dies.
Addicted To War is being used as a history textbook in hundreds of high schools and colleges. It is carefully documented with 164 reference notes.
Howard Zinn, author of 'A People's History of the United States' says: - "Addicted To War is a witty and devastating portrait of U.S. military policy, a fine example of art serving society."
ADDICTED To WAR is also endorsed by Veterans For Peace, Noam Chomsky, Dr. Helen Caldicott, Ramsey Clark, Ron Kovic, S. Brian Willson, Father Roy Bourgeois, Kathy Kelly, Michael Parenti, William Blum, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, Woody Harrelson, Susan Sarandon, Kris Kristofferson, Rev. James Lawson, Blase Bonpane, Patch Adams, Cindy Sheehan, Michael Franti, Fernando Suarez del Solar, and Col. James Burkholder.
Check out the ENDORSEMENTS PAGE to read what these people have to say about ADDICTED To WAR.
Read this book! Buy a copy for friends and family members! Give a copy to a teacher! Send one to your congressperson or senator! Use this book to help educate yourself and others and help rid our country of its addiction to war!
Read the entire previous 2004 edition of ATW on our web site HERE.
SPANISH EDITION is also available!
ADICTO A LA GUERRA ahora en español.
Thanks for being concerned about this very important issue of U.S. militarism. I hope you will consider ordering a copy of Addicted To War, my DVD: What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy, and a copy of Blood on the Tracks: The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson.
There is a discount for ordering two or all three of these excellent educational tools. If you are interested in ordering multiple copies to share with friends, family members and others, please see our Order Page.
Addicted To War
P.O. Box 3261
Culver City, CA. 90231-3261
I wrote the first edition of Addicted to War after the U.S. war against Iraq in 1991. The major news media had been reduced to wartime cheerleaders, and people in this country had largely been shielded from the ugly realities of the war. My aim was to present information difficult to find in the mainstream media, and to explain America's extraordinary predilection to go to war. Ten years later, events compelled me to update the book. The September 11 attacks provided an opportunity for George W. Bush to declare a "War on Terrorism," which in practice turned out to be an endless binge of war-making. The second edition was published in early 2002, following the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. The Bush Administration then turned to preparing for a new war against Iraq. A thin rhetorical veneer about combating terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction hardly concealed its underlying aim: to impose a new U.S. client regime in the Middle East and assure control over a country that has the world's second largest known oil reserves. As the present edition goes to press, the U.S. is occupying Afghanistan and Iraq. In an effort to quell armed resistance, the U.S. military is taking harsh punitive measures against the civilian populations of both countries, feeding a spiral of violence that has repercussions around the world and is placing us all in greater danger.
This book chronicles over two centuries of U.S. foreign wars, beginning with the Indian wars. During this time, America's machinery of war has grown into a behemoth that dominates our economy and society and extends around the globe. Although the Bush Administration has been particularly bellicose, this country's addiction to war began long before Bush came to power and will undoubtedly survive his departure. The costs of this growing addiction are now being felt more acutely at home. Soldiers and their families are paying a heavy price, but everyone is affected. Skyrocketing military spending is contributing to huge government deficits, causing sharp cuts in domestic programs, including education, health care, housing, public transport, and environmental protection. At the same time, the "War on Terrorism" is being used as an excuse to step up police surveillance and erode our civil liberties. I hope this book will spur reflection and debate about militarism, and encourage creative action to change our direction.
It's impossible to thank all of the people who have contributed to the creation of this book here. Instead, I will mention only three: My mother, Carol Andreas, who introduced me to anti-war activities; my father, Carl Andreas, who first encouraged me to write the book; and Frank Dorrel, whose tireless promotion made a new edition both possible and irresistible.
Joel Andreas, May 2004
77 pages with footnotes
Perfect Bound Paperback
Third Edition Copyright 2004
Happy Holidays Leo,
Hope all is well with you and your family. Congratulations on the progress of your book. I think I have told you before that my grandmother (on my mother's side) came to Philadelphia from Odessa back around 1918 or 1919.
Our daughter Emily came home on Saturday for Christmas break and will be here until January 16th. She has one more semester at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and will be graduating in May.
My wife Jane has been back on chemotherapy treatments since last January. The results have been good. Chemo saved her life 4 years ago. So we thinkit's a good thing. We've been married since 1988. She is the Love of My Life!
We are hoping that: PAYING THE PRICE FOR PEACE: The Story of S. Brian Willson & The Peace MovementФ - will be finished by February or March of 2016. Director Bo Boudart and his team (which I am part of) have been making a lot of good changes to it since we screened the rough-cut version at The Peace Center in Culver City on August 1st. I think it's going to be a great film: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKIjfUAnPvY&feature=player_embedded. Bo has signed Peter Coyote to narrate the film. I think Peter is the best narrator there is. And Jackson Browne has donated his beautiful anti-war song: "LIVES IN THE BALANCE" to the film for free: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms5J2U_ySdI. It has been taking a long time to finish but I think it will have been well worth it. Brian is one of my biggest heroes in the anti-war movement. All of his essays are well worth reading at: www.brianwillson.com. You can watch his amazing interview with Amy Goodman in 2011 at: www.democracynow.org/2011/10/28/blood_on_the_tracks_brian_willsons. You can read his short Bio at: www.brianwillson.com/autobiography
Love & Peace,
Frank, Jane, Emily, Bernie, Ozzy & Litzi (Jane's mom)