Common Sense for the Twenty-First Century
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Red Hen Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
The George W. Bush Years have been the greatest threat to international justice and peace in world history. He has endangered the people of the United States and the world with a vision of endless wars. He has enraged the international community with his banal arrogance and threats. A sycophant media and a constantly clapping Congress revel as cheering ...
Section 1: Radio Commentaries
War Against Terror
The World Food Program of the United Nations was able to resume aid in early October but distribution was hampered for lack of workers within Afghanistan. Aid agencies began to oppose U.S. airdrops of food as probably doing more harm than good. Doctors Without Borders said that their aid was being hampered...
The Search for Osama Bin Ladin
The Afghani women we have heard from remind us that the Northern Alliance was in charge of their country from 1992 to 1996. They are considered to be rapists and looters. These Afghani women state that the Northern Alliance will simply intensify ethnic and religious conflicts and will fan the fires of an endless...
A Fantasy Visit to the Oval Office for Christmas
“An international crime against humanity was committed against the United States and some sixty other countries by virtue of the attacks on September 11, 2001. The United States had to respond. We believe, however, that it was a mistake to call this heinous act a war. The perpetrators of this crime were from...
State of the Union
Since its inception, the Organization of American States has been manipulated by its most powerful member, the United States. Our country has had a vendetta against Haiti and its President Jean Bertrand Aristide. Why? Because of his enormous popularity with the poorest members of that society and his audacity to abolish the Haitian Army. The armies of ...
Why have we deprived students of the history of mutiny? It seems we are afraid they too might break from absolutist obedience to tyranny. Mutiny is a substantive component of world history. It must not be ignored. A sharp example of it took place before the Civil War. It was the mutiny of the San Patricio Battalion in...
Security Council Resolution 1402
And now, the fifteen-member Security Council of the United Nations, including the United States, holds an emergency meeting insisting on immediate implementation of resolutions demanding an Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire and an Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian cities without delay. Stating that Israel’s continued...
A Hopeful Future: The United Republic of the Middle East 2020
The present government of the United Republic of the Middle East was formed after much unnecessary pain and suffering. The cause of over a half-century of war is identified as an outdated attempt to manipulate politics under the banner of religion. Separatism in an age of globalized solidarity was counterproductive...
The Marches of April 20, 2002
People whose sole source of information is the commercial media would not be aware that the current peace movement is even larger than the movement during the Vietnam War. Why? Because the commercial media has chosen to ignore much of the current peace movement. In Los Angeles for example, a gathering...
The Coming Disaster in Iraq
I was in Iraq in January of 1991, just before all hell broke loose. We spent a day in Babylon in that cradle of civilization and then returned to Baghdad in the evening. There were ten of us and our minibus wound its way into the neighborhood of the diplomatic community. We were escorted into a home to find that dinner...
A New Dimension
We are now ready for a deepening of that third dimension in the United States. We wish to propose marches of approximately 50% representing the people of Israel together with 50% representing the people of Palestine. Such marches could be led by two coffins, one draped with the Israeli flag and the other draped...
The Disgrace of the AFL-CIO
How similar all of this is to the situation at the School of the Americas? Just as the terrorist training camp at Fort Benning, Georgia has changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security and Cooperation with the hope that Congress would not hold it responsible for the School of the Americas’ lethal record...
Pledge of Resistance
We encourage everyone to take up the Pledge of Resistance declaring their determination to resist the addicts of perpetual war. We must dare to change the course of history. We are not here to watch history; we are here to participate in the making of history...
Who started the war in Korea? The official story is that it began with an attack by North Korea on orders from the Kremlin. But the Korean War was not the result of an outbreak of fighting early in the morning of June 25, 1950. Actually the peninsula had been in armed conflict for several years. In May of...
We must join forces with voices of reason. Our country is incapable of delivering health care or education on a par with France or Italy as our taxes are being wasted on run away militarism. We have yet to see Mr. Bush make his first step to assist the domestic needs of the people of the United States. His every step so far has...
Dr. Nurit Peled-Elhanan
But terrorism dominates both forces. An organized army, which terrorizes a whole population, is no less and even more criminal than any guerrilla group. An enlightened first world government which ordains the killing of the innocent is just as evil as any third world guerrilla leader who is hardly known and never...
As we examine the make up of the solidarity affinity groups in Palestine, we find that a substantial percent of the activists are either Jewish internationals or Israelis. The relationship between Palestinians and solidarity Israelis is one of warmth and respect. It is similar to the relationship between the African...
Dr. Martin Luther King and Rabbi Michael Lerner
When Dr. Martin Luther King spoke at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 he referred to his country as, “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Dr. King was speaking of the military take over of the United States of America. That military take over is reflected in the run away waste and environmental...
Iraq Peace Team
Those who identify powerful instruments of change that are civilized, strong and effective deserve to be remembered. We will imitate them for centuries to come. Those who use the barbaric instruments of change of the past, including the current mindless cabal in Washington, certainly deserve to be forgotten as soon as possible...
And what is the motive for this planned massacre? The motive is to cover up their criminal performance at home and to silence the people of the United States with new and unacceptable limits on civil liberties and social justice. Quite simply, they are afraid of the people of the United States who are sick and tired...
This ruling was a very powerful condemnation of Peru at every level. Lori has never had a trial that respected her rights or met international standards of fairness and due process. She was charged under the antiterrorist laws that the Inter-American Commission has said are unacceptable. And she has been incarcerated under...
During many years of corrupt Haitian dictatorships we heard little condemnation of Haitian government. Now that Haiti is in a democratic process, our country is starving out one of the world’s poorest countries and even demanding that Haiti pay interest on loans it has not received...
An Appeal to Bush and Cheney on the Anniversary of September 11
Have you ever wondered about their motivation? They can speak of nothing but starting a war when the whole world is telling them not to do this. The Generals are telling them not to do this. The Kissingers are telling them not to do this. The Scowcrofts are telling them not to do this. The UN weapons inspectors...
“There is No Peace Movement”
In dictatorships, the legislative branch of government is a group of live rubber stamps. Does that sound familiar? American freedom and democracy cannot coexist with an imperial dictatorial presidency. Oh, yes. Dictatorships have prisons full of people. We now have 25% of the prisoners of the world and we...
Representative Nick Rahall
We are here to try and help open doors. Doors to genuine dialogue. It is time and, in my opinion, far past time that American and Iraqi officials talk to each other without threats. We want to open doors to possibilities that will protect life instead of maiming and killing. Doors that will give...
Indeed, organized crime is much more selective in its murders than our own government. Even organized crime generally plots the killing of one person at a time. Organized crime has rarely supported indiscriminate killing. Where is the moral compass here? Certainly not in government...
The letter refers to some 1,700 Palestinians who were slaughtered in the massacre by Lebanese Militiamen allied to the Israelis. Israeli troops surrounded the camps as the killing went on but were told by their commanders not to interfere. Mr. Sharon was Israeli Minister of Defense at the time and was forced to resign after...
Many of us have been to Iraq and we can assure you that the country is now in ashes. Nearly two million people have died in this holocaust and the cult leaders in Washington have determined that we must kill more. As they kill and maim millions, they talk as if there is one person living in Iraq. And that is part...
International Murder, Incorporated
Friends, what we are witnessing is the final takeover of the United States by the Military, Industrial, Prison and Gun Complex. They don’t care what you want. Your representatives do not represent, they do not dissent, they do not oppose. They are indistinguishable from the rubber stamps of any tin pot dictatorship. In order...
Friends, we have a pathetic situation in which the sharing of delusional ideas by two unlikely sources may be the actual spark of an international conflagration. I’m speaking of the very strange relationship between fundamentalist Christians and the Likud Party of Israel. Groups of Christians, who focus on Armageddon and the...
Our unelected head of state is a disgrace to the world. He can talk about nothing except the massacre of Iraqi people, Iraqi children. He and his father have presided over a holocaust of 1.7 million Iraqi people as they talk about assassinating one man. There are no elements of organized crime that have been so sloppy in...
How did we become so numb to the behavior of our military? This appears to be the sacralization of imperial behavior. Toleration of this kind of behavior represents nationalistic fundamentalism. And now, even more aircraft carriers are on the way to the Persian Gulf to expand this combined mission of practice bombing and...
No Child Left Behind Act
In preparation for this visit, I was reading about the No Child Left Behind Act, a sweeping education law passed earlier this year. It is 670 pages long and it includes a requirement for public secondary schools to provide military recruiters not only access to their facilities but also with contact information...
Aside from the indescriminate murder caused by these bombs, about ten percent of them do not detonate. The bright yellow unexploded bombs make an attractive toys for children to play with and to lose their lives. Also the unexploded yellow bomblets are often confused with similar colored food packages as were...
Oakland School District Teach-in
Here is some very good news from Adele Siegel and her Peace Guides. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade learned about the proposed war in Iraq at a teach-in sponsored by the Oakland School District. Fifthgraders from Sequoia Elementary School spoke in favor of the teach-in at Wednesday’s board meeting...
Voices in the Wilderness
Members of Voices in the Wilderness await the bombs as they reside in the very target areas to be attacked. Their voices cry out for the voiceless of Iraq, the voiceless in Palestine. The voiceless of our homeless and our forgotten children. With the prophet Micah they love peace, do justice and walk humbly with their...
Peace on Earth! No War on Iraq!
We celebrate the life of Phil Berrigan with so many memories. He reminded us of Isaiah, Jeremiah or John the Baptist. In 1968, thirteen of us sat in a basement at 1620 “S” Street in Washington, D.C. as he presented a plan to napalm the draft files at Catonsville, Maryland. The question for the people of the...
Christmas Then and Now
Now at this time, Caesar Augustus issued a decree for a census of the whole world to be taken. This census, the first, took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and everyone went to their own town to be registered. So Joseph set out from the town of Nazareth in Galilee and traveled up to Judea, to the...
I very much thank you for your concern and support over the years. In this holiday season and with the coming of the new year, a point of reflection for all should include what we can do to make the world a better place, with less war, less hate, and fewer excuses for killing in the name of wealth, power, or greed...
Growth of the Peace Movement
It seems to me that our leadership has become sociopathic, and this also contributes to the success of the peace movement. Our grossly excessive list of weapons of mass destruction and mass terror has thinking people worried. As a social scientist, I would say that the social psychosis in which we are living is...
Bush has said: “We will not allow the worlds worst weapons to remain in the hands of the worlds worst leaders.” Quite right. Look in the mirror chum. That’s you. The US is at this moment developing advanced systems of “weapons of mass destruction” and is prepared to use them where it sees fit. It has walked...
Los Angeles Peace Mobilization
If they are assigned to protect the environment, they are enemies of the environment. If they are assigned to protect the rights of labor, they are enemies of labor. If they are assigned to housing, they are opposed to housing. If they are assigned to health care, they support the ill health of tens of millions of our...
The War Machine
But all these people with good intention fail to see the lethal trap before their eyes. If the war machine has decided to wage another aggressive war against another nation, it will sooner or later find a reason to justify the war if people ask for one. At the end, if it does not find one, it will create one. And that will not...
Father Roy Bourgeois and Howard Zinn
Years ago, I went to war in Vietnam to stop the spread of communism. I did not question our leaders who told us our cause was noble. The violence, death and destruction had a great impact on my life. Today, I see war as evil and a crime against humanity. As a person of faith, I believe a loving God calls each of...
Project for the New American Century
We find ourselves at a moment of international crisis. We have suffered through a political coup and continuing criminal behavior on the part of our government. They have plotted and planned to conduct a second massacre in Iraq. Iraq One was a massacre and Iraq Two will be a bigger massacre. Neither can be correctly...
Project for the New American Century II
Attorneys are bringing Tony Blair’s case to the new International Criminal Court today. They believe he is involved in planning, preparing and conspiring to commit an international crime. Similar charges could be brought against George Bush but the United States is not a party to the new International Criminal...
Citizens of the United States have been betrayed by a Congress and a President, that are of the corporations, for the corporations and by the corporations. “Fascism,” said Mussolini, “should be more properly called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” And friends, the corporations are...
Cuba Missile Crisis Revisited
Hospitals are overflowing with the wounded and dying. Cluster bombs are falling. A children’s holocaust is taking place in Baghdad. It’s not simply the children whose heads are blown off or torn to shreds by cluster bombs, many are shell shocked for life by the sheer concussion of bombs and...
But how do you get the masses of the people to ignore the failure of government to do its job of providing for the general welfare of the people of the United States? That is done by allowing Carl Rove to be the master of fear manipulation to frighten the people so much that all they will ask from government is protection...
The Pyrrhic victors in Iraq are divided and contemptuous. Some are so addicted to the chronic failure of war they are plotting to attack, Syria, Iran, and North Korea. These people desperately need therapy. Their disease is called necrophilia, it is a contagious love of death. The movement for justice and peace, however...
The Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator
Since the end of the Cold War, some civilian military planners and nuclear scientists have argued for creating a new class of earth-penetrating nuclear weapons. These weapons are sometimes referred to as “bunker busters” because they would be designed to burrow into the ground to destroy underground military...
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front
There is no way to describe how deep the memory of these massacres remains in the minds of the inhabitants of Sulu. And now, almost a century later, our troops are moving back to the same island. We now have the largest concentration of US forces in the Philippines since the withdrawal of our military bases...
As they knelt on top of the hatches, Mark Colville held up pictures of Iraqi children who had been injured and maimed by U.S. weapons. Mark read their statement and Brian Buckley unfurled their banner which read, “Riverside Ploughshares: Disarm and Choose Life.” Sister Susan Clarkson and...
The Prison Industrial System
The most serious part of this problem is political. Our judges and legislators know that “tough on crime” is a great slogan. Executing people gives our public a false sense of security just as bombing Iraq and Afghanistan have given us a false sense of security. Our archaic death penalty continues in a country...
Carl von Clausewitz’s On War
In view of the fact that the Bush administration is living in the 19th century, we might look at von Clausewitz analysis of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812. Napoleon won every battle on his march to Moscow. The Russian forces retreated steadily, until he finally occupied the city— weren’t the Russians beaten? All...
The objective, however, must not be victory over some presumed evil people and the method must not be to use religion as a cloak for malice. In a humanitarian intervention, where force is necessary, the interveners must be ready to risk their lives in the same way that fire and police do. Humanitarian intervention...
Friends we cannot allow the accused to get away with this plea bargain of only one count. There are many other lies that must be dealt with. Lies that continue to lead our fine young men and women to their deaths. Lies that took and are taking the lives of many innocent Iraqis. Lies that continue to shred...
UN Security Council
How can this kind of obstruction be eliminated? What is to be done? First, we need to acknowledge that we are consistently breaking a treaty known as the Charter of the United Nations. This treaty as all treaties becomes incarnate in the Constitution of the United States. To break this treaty is to break the...
International Criminal Court
The United States played a central role in the precursors to the International Criminal Court in the Nuremberg trials, the international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia, for Rwanda, and the Sierra Leone court. Yet, the U.S. government always demanded a high degree of control over the Court and resisted its authority...
Anniversary of Hiroshima
After months of babble about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, we have found the actual program for the deployment of weapons of mass destruction right here in our country. Yes, they are preparing to build new nuclear weapons and resume nuclear testing. The plan calls for developing “more useable” nuclear...
Chalmers Johnson’s The Sorrows of Empire
The first sorrow is a state of perpetual war, leading to more terrorism against Americans wherever they may be. There will be a spreading reliance on nuclear weapons among smaller nations as they try to ward off the imperial juggernaut. The second sorrow is a loss of democracy and Constitutional rights as the...
Blowback in the Middle East
Critical thinking is required. Israel and the United States are losing the best of their citizens every day. Palestine and Iraq suffer even more as victims of occupation. Both Israel and the United States have the power to end the occupations. By ending the occupations there would no longer be a daily body count of our own...
The Definition of a “ProAmerican”
Such an attitude is required for giving homage to the current resident in the White House. In short, I think an “unAmerican” would give uncritical acceptance to political authority as if it were their religious faith. Actually, I think an “unAmerican” would make the United States into an idolatrous...
Bush’s Preventative War
George Bush was talking to himself as he stood before the United Nations. He spoke about weapons which we have and use and he said this must be stopped. Yes, it must. George spoke of stopping great threats before they arise. This was a clear reference to preventative war and, as international legal scholars know...
Just a few months ago, our government was calling the United Nations irrelevant; and now we are on our knees asking for help. Irrelevant indeed. Our occupations have led to ongoing guerrilla warfare in Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. The occupations have been a failure. The imposters in our government who...
Sharon and the “Anti-Semitism Virus”
Mr. Bolton has taken up the faded script used to create the war in Iraq. He has simply erased the name Iraq and substituted the name Syria. He is fostering ignorance and malice to prepare the way for another slaughter, another disaster in the face of our failures in Afghanistan and Iraq. We now hear talk of Syria’s weapons...
The Reconquest of Latin America
Friends, we are witnessing a great international revolution. The reconquest of Latin America is well underway. The Aymara and Quechua of Bolivia are telling US educated President Sanchez de Lozada to resign. (And he did resign). This is not an indigenous separatist movement. This is a movement of oppressed people. The...
Apartheid in Gaza
The Israeli Peace movement is in a similar situation to the peace movement in the United States. Lies are told by their government and those lies are promulgated by way of international media. The peace movement in Israel as in the United States is not given similar attention...
Sowers of Death and Destruction
Historians will have a very hard time giving any evidence of peaceful mass demonstrations being mistaken. Actually, in the light of history, such mass mobilizations are almost infallible. And such is true when 100,000 Israelis come out together with fighter pilots who refuse to fly, calling air strikes on Gaza “illegal and immoral.” And such...
Paramilitarism in Iraq
Now, Paul Bremer has been called to the White House to discuss our failed policy. He has already expressed what he has in mind. He will recommend the treachery of paramilitarism. He will say that we don’t want the honor of our military to be dragged through the muck by a policy of summary execution, torture, and...
The Iraqi Holocaust
And what is this talk about creating a constitution? Iraq has a constitution. It was put together in 1921 in the wake of the failed British attempt to take over the country. Just think of the contradictions. The tyrant Saddam accepted the Iraqi doctrine of separation of church and state. The tyrant Saddam accepted the...
I am thankful that hard working people in their quest for a living wage are instructing the market owners that greed is a form of institutional violence. I am thankful for union solidarity in support of the strikers. I am thankful that the workers are making it clear that a single payer national medical system would benefit...
The Name of Our Religion
Religions of the west have tried to explain too much and thereby frequently demonstrate a lack of reverence. Eastern religions are generally more reverent. They do not claim to comprehend the Almighty. Reverence stands in awe of the majesty of creation. And is there any essential conflict between authentic science...
Why are there suicide bombers in Iraq? Because people are victims of the same abuse which the Palestinians have suffered. The Israeli Defense Forces have now been called to send urban warfare specialists to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina at the same time that Israeli consultants are visiting Iraq. As a result...
Saddam and the International Court
The apple does not fall far from the tree. Bush, the lesser, now presides over an ongoing massacre in the wake of Bill Clinton’s support for the continued bombing of Iraq together with death-dealing sanctions which killed thousands of children each month. And what about the trial of Saddam Hussein? International...
Demonstrators, together with invited, delegates revealed the failure of the World Trade Organization at Cancun in Mexico. Miami was the site of a bold denunciation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. Perhaps some don’t understand that Cancun and Miami represent demonstrations for world peace. The current...
Victims of War
Now comes the test. Is this massive denial of dead and wounded positive or negative? A cheering section for unnecessary war would call this policy positive. Why bother with such depressing material? We want to hear more about Michael Jackson. Any person whose mind has not been shrunk by propaganda must...
The No Child Left Behind Act II
And George is still huckstering private health insurance. One and a half trillion dollars go into health care every year and much of that is nothing but sheer windfall profit for the private sector as almost 44 million people are left out of the system. But for less than is being spent now, public sector single payer health...
The Church’s Alienation of the Left
Take the case of abortion. Republicans have won many church people by their opposition to abortion. Instead of respecting the anti-abortion religious community, some liberals go on the offensive as a cheering section for abortion. Would it not be more discerning and respectful to say, “We know that abortion is...
Opponents to Israel’s occupation of Palestine are sometimes called Anti- Semites. But the vast majority of such opposition is not related to ethnicity or religion; it is related to behavior. If the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces were carried out by young Christians from Dubuque Iowa, the same opposition would...
Jean Tatoune, a former paramilitary leader was at the heart of the Gonaives attempt to overthrow Aristide. These armed gangs are led by the very disbanded military officers who overthrew President Aristide in his first term as they created a blood bath of terror...
Bush’s Policy of Terrorism and the Exile of Aristide
Both Philippe and Louis Jodel Chamblain have received on-going U.S. assistance and have been protected by the army of the Dominican Republic despite several requests for their return to face charges in Haiti. The Dominican army also receives extensive U.S. assistance, including U.S. advisers near the Haitian border...
Haiti: The Violent Cycle Continues
As Arbenz was deposed, Castillo Armas, a public relations man for the United Fruit Company was flown in together with the Ambassador of the United States. We replaced a democratic government in Guatemala established a dictatorship, and developed one of the most brutal armies in the world under...
Aristide’s Appeal for Peace
It was not a bluff. The National Palace was surrounded by white men armed to the teeth. My residence was surrounded by foreigners armed to the teeth. The airport of Port au Prince was already under the control of these people. The truth was clear. There was going to be a bloodbath...
September 11th Hearings
Congratulations to the world’s people as millions came out this week, not simply to oppose the war in Iraq, but to oppose war. Also this week, on Capitol Hill, high level officials from the Clinton and Bush Administrations testified before the September 11th Commission, established to investigate why the U.S. failed to prevent...
The best way to ignite the Islamic World is to bomb an important mosque. Our military has just taken that step and we have opened the gates of hell. Tensions between Sunni and Shi’a have quickly lessened as they join together against the occupation of their country...
Section 2. World Focus Interviews
Chalmers Johnson I
Bonpane: Hello and welcome to “World Focus.” I’m Blase Bonpane. Today we’re very privileged to have with us Dr. Chalmers Johnson. Dr. Johnson is a specialist on the politics and economics of East Asia and a veteran of the Korean War. Professor Johnson served on the...
Reverend James Lawson
Bonpane: Hello, this is Blase Bonpane with World Focus. I am just very privileged today to have here, in studio, one of the most prominent clergymen in our country and his prominence is related to the Fruits of the Spirit, to peace and justice, joy and love, and endurance and...
Schell: Well, by the war system, I’m really referring to something that in a certain sense is something of the past. Let me explain what I mean. A war system really consists of a number of countries—five, six, ten, whatever it is—that are in proximity to one another and are...
Chalmers Johnson II
Bonpane: Hello, and welcome to World Focus. I’m Blase Bonpane. We’re very privileged today to have Dr. Chalmers Johnson with us. Professor Johnson has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley as well as the University of California San Diego. Dr. Johnson...
Chalmers Johnson III
Bonpane: Hello this is Blase Bonpane with “World Focus.” I’m very honored today to have Dr. Chalmers Johnson as our guest. Dr. Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning...
About the Author
Blase Bonpane, Ph.D., is director of the Office of the Americas. He served as a Maryknoll Missioner in Guatemala and was expelled from that country in 1967 during a revolutionary conflict. In addition to being a UCLA and California State University professor...
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