“Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But….” by David Swanson + Drummer Boy of War

Genocide Phnom Penh

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 14, 2017

According to the Washington Post, “Preemptive war could risk millions of casualties. But . . . .”

Is that a statement that should ever be followed by a “but”? I contend that it isn’t. There isn’t something that can outweigh risking millions of casualties. The Washington Post thinks otherwise. Here’s a fuller quote:
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Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die by John Pilger + Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny

Why The Documentary Must Not Be Allowed To Die by John Pilger + Vietnam The Quiet Mutiny

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by John Pilger
John Pilger, Dec. 11, 2017
December 12, 2017

I first understood the power of the documentary during the editing of my first film, The Quiet Mutiny. In the commentary, I make reference to a chicken, which my crew and I encountered while on patrol with American soldiers in Vietnam.

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9-11 Commemoration Garbage Was Nothing But More War Justifying Propaganda by Daniel N. White

Fuck 9-11

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by Daniel N. White
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
December 11, 2017

Bernard Fall, the great French-American writer on the wars in Vietnam, wrote a piece in his Street Without Joy about his early days in Vietnam, during the French war there. One day Fall was in Cambodia doing interviews and research, and afterwards went with a pair of French officers that he’d interviewed to the local club tennis courts, and watched them, in their spotless tennis whites, play a full match of tennis. Early on in their game, a Cambodian NCO came up to the court and attempted to get one of the officers to sign some papers he had. The NCO got a brushoff—the French officers were busy with their game—and so the Cambodian NCO just went off to the sidelines, squatted on his haunches the way Cambodians do, full out in the tropical sun , and waited while the two French officers in their tennis whites batted the ball back and forth. Fall watched, with a feeling of dread coming over him, as the post bugler sounded Last Post, the colors were lowered, the Cambodian standing to attention while the French officers continued playing tennis. Fall wrote:
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When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses by David Swanson + Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner

When a Nuclear War Planner Confesses by David Swanson + Daniel Ellsberg Reveals He was a Nuclear War Planner, Warns of Nuclear Winter and Global Starvation

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
December 7, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg’s new book is The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. I’ve known the author for years, I’m prouder than ever to say. We have done speaking events and media interviews together. We’ve been arrested together protesting wars. We’ve publicly debated electoral politics. We’ve privately debated the justness of World War II. (Dan approves of U.S. entry into World War II, and it seems into the war on Korea as well, though he has nothing but condemnation for the bombing of civilians that made up so much of what the U.S. did in those wars.) I’ve valued his opinion and he has rather inexplicably asked for mine on all sorts of questions. But this book has just taught me a great deal I had not known about Daniel Ellsberg and about the world.

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John Pilger: Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa and the Plight of the Working Class

John Pilger: Vietnam, Cambodia, South Africa and the Plight of the Working Class

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goingundergroundRT on Dec 4, 2017

In this episode, we speak to the legendary journalist John Pilger looking back at decades documenting human rights abuse, wars and corruption.

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Liberty and Justice for Some by Paul Street

Fuck Wars

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by Paul Street
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Official Website of Paul Street, Dec. 2, 2017
Previously published at Counterpunch, Nov. 17, 2017
December 2, 2017

Big Brother in the Aisles of HyVee

Repeat a lie often enough, the conventional Nazi propaganda wisdom ran, and it will become an accepted truth.

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Chris Hedges: The Power of Writing as Resistance + Q&A

I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable

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with Chris Hedges

UNAVOX on Nov 21, 2017

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The outspoken American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges will speak on his life and work as a writer, engaging head on with some of the most contentious issues of our time. The talk is held in conjunction with Precarious: Peterborough ArtsWORK Festival. Chris will engage in a Q&A with the audience following the talk.

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FAILED: Foreign Policy as We Know It by David Swanson

Syria: Stop the War march, London, 31 August 2013

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
November 30, 2017

The Stop the War Coalition has just published a short summary of what’s wrong with foreign policy, going through a partial list of current wars one by one. Of course this is a British organization with a British perspective, but it’s the closest thing to what a well-funded U.S. anti-war organization might produce, and it ought to be considered by people everywhere, as it impacts us all.

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Top 10 Ways to Stop Trump Nuking Anybody by David Swanson

armageddon

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy, Nov. 15, 2017
November 17, 2017

On Tuesday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on whether Trump can just up and nuke people or not. The hand-picked witnesses, all former military, all said there was some chance that if Trump ordered a nuking, somebody might refuse to carry out the order. On what grounds? No witness or Senator ever mentioned the illegality of war under the UN Charter or the Kellogg-Briand Pact. But one witness brought up “necessity” and “proportionality” as grounds for deeming a particular apocalypse-creating act illegal and another legal. But these “just war” concepts are not empirical. There’s no standard for determining whether an action is “necessary” or “proportional.” It comes down to the mood the commander of Strategic Command is in that day, or the partisan identity of some official, or the courage and integrity of rank-and-filers ordered to begin the earth’s destruction. If, like me, you’re not convinced that’s good enough, here are some other possible approaches:

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Abby Martin: All This Shit Doesn’t Matter–Every Issue Must Be Seen Through the Lens of the US Empire

State of the Union

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with Abby Martin

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Chris Hedges: RT Targeted for Giving Platform to Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Capitalist Critics

Chris Hedges: RT Targeted for Giving Platform to Anti-Imperialist, Anti-Capitalist Critics

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RT America on Nov 13, 2017

The Department of Justice has required RT America to register under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), an anti-propaganda law from the 1930s. “On Contact” host Chris Hedges discusses whether such a requirement will have a chilling effect on the First Amendment’s freedom of the press with RT America’s Ashlee Banks.

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A Veteran Remembers by Howard Zinn + How the U.S. Poisoned its Veterans

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by Howard Zinn
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Previously published Nov. 13, 2011
November 10, 2017

Let’s go back to the beginning of Veterans Day. It used to be Armistice Day, because at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, World War I came to an end.

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Remembrance Day: Why I’ll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

Remembrance Day: Why I'll Wear a Dandelion Instead of a Poppy + A New Armistice Day by David Swanson

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previously posted May 30, 2016

Stop the War Coalition on May 24, 2016

“Dandelions” written and sung by Steve O’Donoghue

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Vijay Prashad: The U.S. Celebrates The Culture of Death

World War 3 - III

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TheRealNews on Nov 8, 2017

President Trump’s presidency is so “annihilatonist” that it may very well be the last presidency of the United States says Professor Vijay Prashad at the CODEPINK Summit.

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Abby Martin and Brian Becker: The First Time The Red Flag Was Waved + Caleb Maupin: Why Did The Russian Revolution Happen?

Abby Martin and Brian Becker: The First Time The Red Flag Was Waved

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Nov 7, 2017

Nov. 7, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the seizure of power by workers and peasants in the Russian Revolution, regarded as the most world-altering event in the history of civilization.

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