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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

MoveOn.org finally shows its true colors... stop giving these phonies your money.

Hey; this MoveOn.Org is some peace outfit.

Now they are going to decide by vote if they should support Obama bombing the hell out of Syria.

What other foundation-funded peace organizations will follow this example of "democracy?"

Why not just toss a coin to make this decision?

Obama and McCain have a meeting of the minds when it comes to war.

To those people who pushed the theory of "voting for the lesser evil" it must seem kind of confusing to them seeing Barack Obama and John McCain uniting to bring war upon the Syrian people.

But, what is so confusing once it is understood Wall Street manipulates, controls and owns both the Democratic and Republican parties?

As we now see, in the end Obama and McCain both have had the same Wall Street agenda of fighting wars abroad paid for by shoving austerity measures down our throats here at home.

Obama and McCain have a meeting of the minds when it comes to these dirty Wall Street imperialist wars.

Remember--- we were sold a bill of goods that the main thing distinguishing Obama from McCain was that Obama was this evil warmonger and Obama was this peace-loving saint.

All a bunch of lies... it is hard to distinguish Donkey dung from Elephant dung once it is all in the same pile.

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that no one makes hundreds of thousands of dollars adding up to billions of dollars in campaign contributions to elect candidates not expecting to get something they want in return.

Blood money; profits from wars is what these Wall Street financiers have invested and expect in return when they contribute to politicians like Obama and McCain.

Raytheon will profit from the cruise missiles.

Bechtel will profit from operating the oil and gas pipelines.

The oil and gas companies will profit.

We will pay.

Our communities will suffer.

We will pay through the nose to pump gas into our cars and to heat our homes.

Syrians will die.

Profits derived from manufacturing weapons of war; profits that are multiplied many times over from war; and in the end these wars are fought to protect the assets and investments of these parasitical Wall Street profiteers--- whether it be oil and gas or the pipelines transporting the oil sand gas or access to other cheap natural resources extracted using cheap labor and then using more cheap labor to process these resources and more cheap labor manufacturing products we are then expected to purchase in this great "free market" of capitalism in which everything from health care to education and housing is turned into a commodity from which Wall Street profits instead of the government providing as a human need.

And, it is this scheme of things which brings together two fellow warmongers like Obama and McCain who now want to rain war on the Syrian people as they make their way to Iran.

Anyone can look at a map to see what domination of this region requires. Anyone can study the geography of this region to understand the vast wealth of gas and oil at stake. 

Really; do we want our taxes, resources and all these human lives and the massive destruction this war on Syria will entail just so a few greedy Wall Street profiteers can stuff their pockets with blood money as the children die while these pious hypocrites like Obama and McCain feed us lie upon lie to try to justify this barbaric insanity under the guise that in some perverted way bombing people will help them?

Don't buy into Obama's and McCain's lies.

Join together... Stand up and speak out for peace.

And there sits Hillary Clinton in silence, oblivious to it all.

Remember how Obama sat in silence as the Israeli killing machine piled up the bodies of Palestinian children in Gaza as if they were cord-wood as he took his children for ice cream cones while vacationing in Hawaii?

How much longer do we stand for these dirty wars before we break free from this two-party trap?

How much longer before We, The People, challenge Wall Street for power so we can put an end to these dirty wars?