How Can Peace Flourish Where War Prevails?

How Can Peace Flourish Where War Prevails?

What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty and democracy?

There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.

~Mahatma Gandhi

Are we as a nation any better than the terrorists we claim to be fighting against? How can we as a nation claim moral superiority when we use our military to occupy countries, overthrow governments, and fund immoral regimes around the globe? How can we claim to be better than the terrorists when our actions have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people around the globe through our military invasions and immoral assassination program conducted through the use of drones?

As a country we have become morally bankrupt.  We are no better than the groups we wage war against. Our actions instead of making us safer create more aggression and violence to spread across the globe. The more innocent people we kill, the more governments we overthrow, the more death and destruction we spread throughout the world, the more we will have to deal with the consequences of our actions.

Peace cannot be won through arms. It cannot be gained by dropping bombs. Peace is its own end. It comes about by practicing peace.

After 14 years of war in the middle east are we any safer? We are less free. We have sacrificed everything that has made our country great for a false security that could never be guaranteed. On top of that our government has committed atrocities as bad, if not worse, than any terrorist group anywhere in the world. If you add up all the innocent people who have been killed in the U.S. led war on terror it far outnumbers the people killed in all terror attacks throughout the world combined.

According to a report done by Truth in Media, http://truthinmedia.com/report-at-least-1-3-million-people-killed-in-us-war-on-terror/, the total number of human beings killed in the war on terror from 2003 to 2013 is estimated conservatively at 1.3 million souls. Of this 48,504 Pakistani civilians, non-combatants, have been killed. This data can also be found in a report issued by the Physicians for Social Responsibility, http://www.psr.org/assets/pdfs/body-count.pdf.

Meanwhile only 3,006 Americans have been killed in terrorist attacks from 9/11/2001 to 12/31/2014, http://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_AmericanTerrorismDeaths_FactSheet_Oct2015.pdf.

So are we so surprised when a terror attack happens given the disproportionate number of deaths caused by U.S. foreign policy when contrasted with terror attacks against Americans?

I am not trying to minimize the death of any American as all life is important, and being an American I wish nothing but the best for my fellow citizens. But why is it that the lives of citizens of other countries matter as much as our own? Why is it alright for us to invade, bomb, and kill other people for revenge and then we become incensed when others do the same, and to a much smaller scale.

We must face the fact that we are a nation of hypocrites. We have been lied into supporting war and killing. We must face the fact that violence begets violence and that the only way to attain peace is to start practicing it. We need to demand that our elected officials start working for peace. We need to deny the profiteers of war their profits. It is time to take our country back by voting out anybody who supports war.

We can have a strong defense at home and protect our citizens without flying our troops all over the world and invading other countries and creating perpetual wars. We can have peaceful relations with the Middle East by leaving them alone. The only people who benefit from unrest in the Middle East are the war merchants and the oil tycoons. Everybody else come out losers.

The people in the Middle East lose as their peace and way of life is destroyed by the U.S. military and the warlords that they prop up as they rob them of their natural resources to enrich the large multinational corporations that fund the whole operation.

The U.S. public loses as we give up our liberties and freedoms for a false sense of security. We also lose by bankrupting our future and the future of our children piling up enormous amounts of debt funding endless and unnecessary wars.

The world overall is poorer as relations between nations become strained, trade is closed off, and the environment is destroyed by the polluting giant that is the U.S. war machine.

War is not the answer to the world’s problems. It cannot make us safe but it can make us poorer and less free. Peace is only possible when we are acting in a peaceful manner. War can never achieve peace. Every life matters whether white or black; Christian, Jew, or Muslim; American, French, Iraqi, or Iranian. The number of lives killed doesn’t matter only that lives were lost. When will we realize that peace can only be achieved when we decide to act peacefully?

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