|US Lethal Drone Wars|
This January day on which American activist Martin Luther King, Jr., is supposedly commemorated is nothing more than another demonstration of capitalism, commerce’s never taking a holiday. It moves into a final full-blast of winter wastefulness, corralling careless consumers into its clutches.. It moves into a final full-blast of winter wastefulness, corralling careless consumers into its clutches. All the while peoples in foreign lands, one of which King spoke passionately and eloquently—suffer unspeakable wounds caused by endless US bombs, threat and intimidation, sanctions and occupation.
Martin Luther King’s words as well as those of other activists and thinkers are salient today but I am under no illusions that my fellow-Americans give a tinker’s damn about substance, about the active nature of and commitment to love, care and nonviolence – in relations of any kind, let alone US foreign relations.
Nevertheless, I remember, as I have not the luxury of forgetfulness; and these thoughts are worth remembering. There comes a “time,” King said, “when silence is betrayal; and that time has come for us… ”
|US theaters of |
…‘Is not our own nation using massive doses of violence to solve its problems, to bring about the changes it wants’?
|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.|
A lifelong American writer and writer/activist (former academic and staffer with the U.S. government in Washington), Dr. Carolyn LaDelle Bennett is credentialed in education and print journalism and public affairs (PhD, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; MA, The American University, Washington, DC). Her work concerns itself with news and current affairs, historical contexts, and ideas particularly related to acts and consequences of U.S. foreign relations, geopolitics, human rights, war and peace, and violence and nonviolence. Dr. Bennett is an internationalist and nonpartisan progressive personally concerned with society and the common good. An educator at heart, her career began with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Since then, she has authored several books and numerous current-affairs articles; her latest book: UNCONSCIONABLE: How The World Sees Us: World News, Alternative Views, Commentary on U.S. Foreign Relations; most thoughts, articles, edited work are posted at Bennett’s Study: http://todaysinsightnews.blogspot.com/ and on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/carolynladelle.bennett. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/08UNCONSCIONABLE/prweb12131656.htm http://bookstore.xlibris.com/Products/SKU-000757788/UNCONSCIONABLE.aspx Her books are also available at independent bookstores in New York State: Lift Bridge in Brockport; Sundance in Geneseo; Dog Ears Bookstore and Literary Arts Center in Buffalo; Burlingham Books in Perry; The Bookworm in East Aurora