A PROPOSAL TO END WAR –
Human beings are born innocent and molded into the image each society demands. We are not by nature warlike; we have been forged into being hostile and fearful by our civilizations through the institution of war since its inception 5,000 years ago.
All of us carry the heavy burden and trauma of having to live among warlords, and most every sovereign country on Earth is a warlord on a national scale. Is it time to end the age of war and enter the era of peace?
First, I want to honor every man, woman and child who had to die in wars willingly or unwillingly. It is because of you and those who might follow in your bootsteps that we might consider this proposal to end war. In the name of the fallen let us bring peace on Earth and goodwill to all humanity.
The time of war making is over, but certainly not the means to protect ourselves should be over. Although, that is another story to be written alongside the evaluation of the current practices and costs of our military.
I believe that the way the United States military is conducted today is one of the most destructive forces on Earth and keeps citizens anything but safe, free and healthy. And here is why:
- By maintaining the largest military by far (spending more than the next 11 largest world armies combined), we, the U.S., is perceived as the world’s police and aggressor making America a target. We reap what we sow – terror. It is a proven fact that wars do not reduce, but rather create and multiply a country’s enemies.
- The US military is the world’s largest single polluter of CO2 through its massive consumption of fossil fuels and waging wars to secure those fuels.
- While the United States is languishing in funding for education and health care as well as producing a growing number of hungry and/or homeless citizens, more than one-half of the national budget is allotted to the military (700 billion in 2018). In the words of President Dwight Eisenhower, “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every fired rocket signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and not fed, those who are cold and not clothed”.
- The US sells twice as many battleships, fighter planes, armored vehicles, guns and bullets than our nearest competitor, Russia. The fact is that wars no longer are fought to end war but simply to maintain an economy based on them.
- Today for every one combatant killed, nine civilians are killed; the majority of these are children.
For moral and practical reasons how about We the People of the world propose to our governments the creation of an unarmed force built as a national/ international service that sees to the needs of our citizens in times of crisis – immediately!
Bill Kucha, Lincoln County resident
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