Entries of interest tagged with: militarism

Afghanistan – Ten Years of War

Following is a message from Afghan activist and former member of the Afghan parliament Malalai Joya: Message on the Tenth Anniversary of NATO’s War and the Occupation of Afghanistan I would like to thank all supporters and anti-war movements around … more

The Road Not Taken

(With apologies to Robert Frost and his poem by the same title) When I saw the headline ‘Attitudes on Arabs, terrorism shifting‘ in today’s Morning Call, I expected to read that people here in the Lehigh Valley were finally getting over … more

What did we learn from 9/11?

By Gary Olson In the wake of the despicable atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, I authored an opinion piece in which I argued that painful as it was to write or read, 9/11 was “blowback” for a long trail of … more

Conscientious Objection

When a person refuses to participate in war or other hostilities on moral grounds, he or she is a ‘conscientious objector’, or ‘C.O.’. It is not for those who are afraid of being hurt or killed, it is for those who have … more

Two Republicans Who Saw the Danger

Among the many Republican presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Dwight Eisenhower anticipated the current self-reinforcing aggregation of wealth and power to corporations and the already-wealthy. In 1864, in a letter to William F. Elkins, Lincoln wrote: “As a result of the … more

Violence Against Women in the U.S. Military

Even more than harm from the enemy, women in the military are in danger of sexual assault by their comrades in arms. Studies by the Veterans Administration and others indicate that about one-third of women serving in the military are … more

School of the Americas

The School of the Americas, renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, is located at Fort Benning, Georgia. For decades it has operated as a combat training school for soldiers from Central & South America, training Latin American soldiers in … more

Militarism in Schools

Militarism is a combination of relying too much on military force for security and glorifying military service and values. In schools, it often takes the form of fostering the belief that the primary role of the military is to defend freedom and … more

What Is the Military Doing in Your School?

Schools are supposed to help children learn, but too many schools simply reinforce unquestioning obedience and respect for the powers that be—and some schools support the military recruiting machine against the educational and personal interests of their students. Recruiters in … more

War and Peace

No, this isn’t about Leo Tolstoy’s novel, it’s about the quest for peace and the wars that tend to create and perpetuate violence—and the search for ways to promote and practice peace and nonviolence instead of war. Also see: Militarism … more