Sunday, April 9, 2017
War - What Is It Good For?
Greetings again...What are we to make of this saber-rattling? To me it is unbelievable that ANY folks would support this, applaud this, and even say this makes our nutjob "Presidential" ( I'm glad Rather and some others aren't going along.). If THAT'S their definition of "Presidential" we all need to say what a CROCK that is!
Shouldn't a President show leadership in seeking a BETTER world. So I ask, how does war advance that? Shouldn't a President show more thought and care in making decisions than impetuous missile strikes? So I ask, why wasn't this happening in this case? And and shouldn't a President show respect for our own Constitution and international law? So I unequivocally state: our nutjob-in-chief has not.
Glenn Greenwald tweeted: US goes to war so often & easily that a good number of Americans believe raining down Tomahawk missiles on a country doesn't count as "war" and
Cites Rep. Justin Amash tweet:
Airstrikes are an act of war. Atrocities in Syria cannot justify departure from Constitution, which vests in Congress power to commence war.
And it's not just the offhandedness of the strike authorization or the flaunting of the Constitution. We need to ask again and again, "War - What Is It Good For?" If you know the song, or if you know in your heart how bad war is, you know the answer!
"It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it." was said by, of all people, Robert E. Lee, whose first-hand experience in the horrors of our Civil War surely let him to that conclusion. With the even more devastating weapons we have now, we should take heed of this thought.
War is NOT something to be entered into so cavalierly as this administration has. It is very serious business, requiring cool thought and deliberation. Lives are at stake, not just those of active combatants but increasingly of civilians.
War in this technological age is NOT some video game or global virtual chess match. Real lives are still involved. We must insist that the media keep reporting this honestly and NOT just become echo chambers for the government.
So War - What Is It Good For ---- ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! And if you've read along with me, I think you deserve the song!
War - Edwin Starr
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