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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Nonviolence to U.S. ethic of violence

Comment by Carolyn Bennett

The Eisenhower Research Project's findings on "costs of wars" are no doubt factually accurate. However, there is a prior condition endemic in the construct and cast of U.S. foreign policy and practice that ensures repetition of “Nine-Eleven (or some other pretext for) wars” well into the future.

More fundamental is this: What the United States of America and its officials, cheerleaders, corporate partners are committing through U.S. foreign policy and its implementation is wrong. It is dead wrong. It is a deranged force unleashed repeatedly, without check upon peoples of the world.

It is a policy of the deranged — cracked, crazed — but a deliberate derangement in power.

It is pathology incarnate, not pathology in the honest sense of mental illness or breakdown; but an insidious, entitled, deliberate and deliberately threatening pathology. As of a mad dog choosing its madness and epitomizing this madness as the unquestioned standard of “right.”

It is not right.

This U.S. foreign policy of violence is against moral and ethical law and principle, contrary to any impartial standard of justice. It is lawless and criminally regressive, medieval. It is cause and personification of breakdown.

The U.S. foreign policy of violence is criminally counter to any truly progressive ethos. The ethic endemic in one after another U.S. regime, this precedent in violence, this madness, is wrong and it must be un-entrenched — exposed and uprooted.

Nonviolently and without allegiance to tribe or sect or party, with extraordinary courage (for the present day), we must un-entrench the United States’ violent ethic. We must do this if we the peoples of the world are to live as equals among equals, without aggression, with respect for one another — and together push forward a substantive movement concerned with liberating, uplifting, legitimating our egalitarianism (not supremacist, condescending, religionist “charity”), community and creativity of the human spirit.


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