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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.

"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Re: Syria... to bomb or not to bomb.

September 4, 2013

Letter to the Editor, submitted for publication to the International Falls Daily Journal (259 words) [Permission to edit as seen fit is granted.]

These Congressional hearings to be held to determine whether or not Syria should be bombed by the United States are turning into one big fiasco and farce, almost like a circus, since the real issues aren't even being broached.

Something no one wants to talk about:

What exactly created the current violent unrest in Syria?

George W. Bush and his administration used Shiite militias in Iraq against Sunni insurgents, which helped trigger the Shia-vs.-Sunni dimension of Syria's civil war.

This had been a civil war with leftists the United States government didn't like on the verge of bringing down Assad much the way George Washington defeated the British.

The CIA has used ethnic strife to inflame animosities to the point of violence since the end of World War II. The CIA's first objective in destabilizing foreign governments deemed to be "enemies" of the United States was to foment religious and ethnic violence.

Hopefully Congress is now going to completely explore these dirty deeds and the Syrian people will come to understand how they have been used by the CIA as part of Washington's plans to dominate the oil and gas fields along with the pipeline distribution system of this region.

Aren't all these dirty wars about defending Wall Street's assets and investments or to help these Wall Street vultures secure and accrue the wealth of other nations?

Just on its surface it is morally wrong to discuss whether or not we should bomb a country that has done nothing to hurt us. Since when has bombing anyone helped them?

Alan L. Maki
Founder and Chair,
Minnesotans for Peace and Social Justice

58891 County Road 13
Warroad, Minnesota 56763

Phone: 218-386-2432
Cell phone: 651-587-5541