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Fix the Peace Movement: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Doesn’t Work

By Ed O’Rourke The leaders and most members of the peace movement believe in talking to each other and make little or no effort to reach out to potential sympathizers. I have seen this at every peace web site. They […]

War: Its Development and Demise

By Ed O’Rourke If we give up all future wars we must give up our empires and all hope of empire. – Georges Clemenceau It is well that war is so terrible — lest we should grow too fond of it. […]

Eliminate Nuclear Weapons Before They Eliminate Us

By Ed O’Rourke On September 26, 1983, the world was one person’s decision away from nuclear war.  The military officer had to commit insubordination to stop an automatic process.  Tensions were high, three weeks after the Soviet military shot down […]

TERRACIDE – A Newly Defined Crime

By Ed O’Rourke Psychological studies show that materialism is toxic to happiness, that more income and more possessions don’t lead to lasting gains in our sense of well-being or satisfaction with our lives. What does make us happy are warm […]

The Hardest War to Avoid: US Civil War

By Ed O’Rourke The Civil War came and it went. Its reason for fighting, I never did get. From the song, “With God On Our Side.” The war… was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forebearance and […]

Time to Connect the Dots

By Ed O’Rourke A frequent one-liner is, “If all the economists were laid end to end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion.”However, my problem with my fellow economists is not their frequent state of disagreement, but rather their near unanimous […]

US oblivious to trauma of war victims

Press TV has conducted an interview with Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace, Oregon about US military concerns for the mental health of returned soldiers from combat; and the inadequacy of institutional support. The following is an approximate transcript of the […]

Research Project for Peacemakers

by Ed O’Rourke March 5, 2013 “Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine […]

War Abolition – Medellin Speech – YouTube

War Abolition – The Medellin Declaration – YouTube [Ed O’Rourke, retired certified public accountant from Houston, gave this speech at the Colombo Americano in Medellin, Colombia on September 4, 2013.  The Colombo is an institution dedicated to teaching Medellin residents […]

A 15-Year Murder Spree

By David Swanson “The notion of a ‘humanitarian war’ would have rang in the ears of the drafters of the UN Charter as nothing short of Hitlerian, because it was precisely the justification used by Hitler himself for the invasion […]