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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Toward U.S. global Tiananmen?

 Tiananmen Square
June 3-4 incident
Government Crackdown on protesters
100s dead
1,000s wounded
Beijing, China
June 5, 1989 
“America must take a different direction,” says U.S. Representative Dennis John  Kucinich, a consistent voice of nonviolence
Editing by 
Carolyn Bennett

This is some of Kucinich's advice on the “us versus them” U.S. foreign policy and the callously malicious assassination justice and global drone warfare.

U.S. foreign relations violence

“I think we need to move this country away from militarism and away from war as an instrument of policy,”  Kucinich says.

“If [service] means anything, it should mean a new direction for America away from war and toward giving our young people a real future where they can use all their talents and ability serving in many different capacities. 

Alter this course
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The global war on terror “has been a pretext for aggressive war.” America must take a “different direction:
  • Rejecting war as an instrument of policy
  • Reconnecting with the nations of the world, so that we can address the real issues that affect security all over the globe and affect our security at home:
  • Getting rid of all nuclear weapons
  • Participating in the chemical and biological weapons conventions, the landmine treaty
  • Joining the International Criminal Court
  • Signing the Kyoto climate change treaty
“The world is waiting for an American president who reaches out in a hand of friendship; who understands this is a complex world, but doesn’t see the world in terms of enemies.

“The minute we have dichotomous thinking, ‘us versus them,’ we lose the opportunity to be able to connect with people.”

Consider far-reaching consequences of U.S. drone war

“These attacks undermine the morals, values and the strategic goals of the United States. The fact that they are conducted with complete impunity and with no accountability threatens to set a dangerous precedent that could unravel the very laws and international standards the U.S. helped to create. 

“Even the most ardent supporter of the current President should consider the precedent created by granting the President the power to circumvent the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Fifth Amendment (Constitution of the United States) breach:

Drone attack
North Waziristan, Pakistan
Afghanistan border
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; 

nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; 

nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has opposed the use of combat drones against suspected terrorists abroad since the first known attack in 2004.

In February 2006, he asked the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency to suspend the use of Predator drones citing the “high toll in innocent civilian life.”

In the 111th Congress, Kucinich sponsored a bill to prohibit the extrajudicial killing of U.S. citizens abroad in response to revelations that the Administration included U.S. citizens on its targeted killing list.

Wisconsin Network for
Peace and Justice
The Congressman currently is leading a growing number of Members of Congress in demanding “the President’s legal justifications for drone strikes.”

American for nonviolence

Dennis John Kucinich (b. October 8, 1946) has been a member of the United States House of Representatives representing Ohio’s 10th congressional district since 1997. He was a candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2004 and 2008; and before entering Congress, Kucinich was Cleveland, Ohio’s 53rd mayor (1977-1979).

In the U.S. Congress, Dennis Kucinich sits on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. In a Congressional career in which he has stood for bringing articles of impeachment against former U.S. President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard (Dick) Cheney; and against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and consistently for nonviolence, for diplomacy, for peace, Kucinich will end his congressional career in January 2013, following a redistricting by Ohio’s Republican-controlled state legislature that abolished the congressional district in which he serves.
Hon. Dennis J. Kucinich 

 Ralph Nader praises Kucinich as a “genuine progressive.”

Sources and notes

“Dennis Kucinich on Homeland Security,”
Democratic Representative (OH-10), On the Issues,
Source: 2007 Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum Dec 1, 2007
Source: 2007 South Carolina Democratic primary debate, on MSNBC Apr 26, 2007

“Kucinich Leads Congress in Demanding Accountability and Transparency for Drone Strikes
 Drone Killings a Stain upon Our Nation,” Washington, May 31, 2012,

Ralph Nader praised Kucinich as “a genuine progressive”


His Congressional Biography: KUCINICH, Dennis, a Representative from Ohio; born in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, October 8, 1946; graduated from St. John Cantius, Cleveland, Ohio, 1964; B.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1973; M.A., Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1973; member of the Cleveland, Ohio, city council, 1969-1973, 1983; clerk of courts, Cleveland, Ohio, 1975; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1977-1979; member of the Ohio state senate, 1995-1996; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Fifth Congress and to the seven succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1997-present); unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. http://kucinich.house.gov/


Behind the News online

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Josh Brolier of WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence writes ...



Tiananmen Square (Britannica)

Image: A Chinese man temporarily blocking a line of tanks on June 5, 1989, the day after demonstrators were forcibly cleared from Beijing's Tiananmen Square

June 4 incident: A series of protests and demonstrations in China in the spring of 1989 that culminated on the night of June 3–4 with a government crackdown on the demonstrators in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square incident: “From the outset of the incident, the Chinese government’s official stance was to downplay its significance, labeling the protesters ‘counterrevolutionaries’ and minimizing the extent of the military's actions on June 3–4. The government’s count of those killed was 241 (including soldiers), with some 7,000 wounded; most other estimates have put the death toll much higher. In the years since the incident, the government generally has attempted to suppress references to it. Public commemoration of the incident is officially banned. However, the residents of Hong Kong have held an annual vigil on the anniversary of the crackdown, even after Hong Kong reverted to Chinese administration. (Britannica)

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