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FOREWORD by Kathy Kelly to War No More: The Case for Abolition by David Swanson

I lived in Iraq during the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing. On April 1st, about two weeks into the aerial bombardment, a medical doctor who was one of my fellow peace team members urged me to go with her to […]

War Is Over, If You Want It

By Nathan Schneider, http://wagingnonviolence.org/2013/12/war-want/ Even in his proposal for “perpetual peace,” Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant lamented that war “seems inborn in human nature.” Yet he believed it possible to overcome and outlined a strategy for doing so. Just as ambitious today is veteran […]

Let’s Begin Ending War Again

Let’s Begin Ending War Again By David Swanson Recently I noticed a post on a social media site honoring Rosa Parks for her refusal to move out of her seat on a segregated bus.  Someone commented underneath, that in fact […]

When Will They Ever Learn?

When Will They Ever Learn? The American People And Support For War By Lawrence Wittner When it comes to war, the American public is remarkably fickle. The responses of Americans to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars provide telling examples.  In 2003, […]

Economic Implosion

Economic Implosion: Excerpt From “War Is A Lie” By David Swanson In the late 1980s, the Soviet Union discovered that it had destroyed its economy by spending too much money on the military. During a 1987 visit to the United […]

The Ottawa Process By Russ Faure-Brac

Much earlier work led to the Ottawa Process of creating a treaty to ban landmines internationally. It was an active partnership between governments, international organizations, weapons makers, UN agencies and NGO’s. Voting was used rather than consensus, which… Governments had […]

War Does Not Bring Security

War Does Not Bring Security And Is Not Sustainable: Chapter 11 Of “War Is A Lie” By David Swanson WAR DOES NOT BRING SECURITY AND IS NOT SUSTAINABLE Terrorist incidents have increased during and in response to the “War on […]

Wars Are Not Fought Against Evil

Wars Are Not Fought Against Evil: Chapter 1 Of “War Is A Lie” By David Swanson WARS ARE NOT FOUGHT AGAINST EVIL One of the oldest excuses for war is that the enemy is irredeemably evil. He worships the wrong […]

Wars Are Not Launched In Defense

Wars Are Not Launched In Defense: Chapter 2 Of “War Is A Lie” By David Swanson WARS ARE NOT LAUNCHED IN DEFENSE Creating war propaganda is the world’s second oldest profession, and its oldest line is “they started it.” Wars […]

Wars Cannot Be Both Planned And Avoided

Wars Cannot Be Both Planned And Avoided: Chapter 13 Of “War Is A Lie” By David Swanson WARS CANNOT BE BOTH PLANNED AND AVOIDED A fundamental lie that keeps war going is the idea that we avoid war by preparing […]

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