March on the Pentagon invites all those outraged by the War Machine, U.S. imperialism, and endless wars to join us in Washington D.C. on October 11 and 12. From the mind-boggling cost which strips money from basic human needs like healthcare, education, clean water and more, the stomach-churning death toll, the irreversible environmental impact, the fueling of militarized police, the uptick in right-wing domestic terrorism, the too often ignored contribution to climate change as well as the resulting and potentially deadly PTSD, substance abuse, domestic abuse and rape suffered by those who have served in the armed forces to the toll war takes on women across the globe—from rape and loss of children to raising one’s family as a refugee in a foreign land—there is something for everyone to be outraged about. If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
Wars and Miliatriam
More than 40 Korean as well as international peace organizations have sent an open interrogatory to UN Secretary-General indicating that the use of the UN flag by the so-called “United Nations Command” based in South Korea and Japan is not appropriate. The so-called “UN Command” based in Korea since the Korean War which started in 1950 is a ‘camouflage’ organization made by the United States by distorting the resolutions of the UN Security Council. In addition, the right to authorize the use of the UN flag by the UN Security Council is also in violation of the UN Flag Code.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 am in front of Limerick Prison, where they were incarcerated, Ken Mayers and Tarak Kauff, both U.S. military veterans will begin Boots on the Ground for Freedom, a series of walks through Ireland to promote peace and, as Kauff has written, “freedom to return home to our families, freedom from war, and the freedom to respect and affirm a strong and peaceful Irish neutrality.” The two veterans were arrested at Shannon Airport on St. Patrick’s Day for attempting to inspect an Omni International aircraft they believed was carrying U.S. troops and weapons in direct violation of international law.
A federal judge denied all the pre-trial motions of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. The activists had urged U.S. District Judge Lisa Godbey Wood to dismiss their charges for numerous legal reasons as well as the fact that the hundreds of first strike nuclear weapons on the submarines based at Kings Bay Naval Base are illegal and immoral. A day after denying their motions for dismissal, the judge has set the date for a trial by jury of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7. Jury selection will begin on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 9 a.m. at the federal courthouse in Brunswick, GA. Supporters from throughout the country are expected to attend the trial. Earlier this month 100 people attended a hearing held by Judge Lisa Wood, who will oversee the October trial.
In Afghanistan as elsewhere, external factors have not solved the conflict. On the contrary, foreign interests have been transported to Afghanistan and in this way, political solutions have been destroyed. For this reason, people are leaving Afghanistan en masse. It is time to let the conflict be resolved by Afghans, in Afghanistan, and in Afghanistan’s national interests. Thirty-nine years of war are more than enough. We must seriously seek new ways to peace.