If yesterday was Good Friday and tomorrow is Easter Sunday, what it today? How about: A Good Day To Wish For An End To Armed Conflict Day.
The United States has been actively involved in a continuous string of wars and military operations since World War II. For 65 years, the Americans public has been funding murder and mayhem throughout the world. Our tax dollars have supported invasions designed to install governments, remove governments, protect our interests and preserve our way of life.
You may be thinking, “What choice do we have? Military action is necessary for keeping the world “safe.” After all, it is for the common good.” But I beg to differ on these points.
I think we do have a choice. Not every country finds it necessary to wage war for decades on end. Switzerland is a fine example of a country that has kept its military in check. In fact 25 of the world’s 192 countries have no military at all. See the list, here.
The idea that invading other countries makes the world a safer place is just plain stupid. And as far as the common good goes, there is an elite group of corporate CEO’s and shareholders making themselves fantastically rich via military and reconstruction contracts while our nation is in debt to the tune of $33,000 for each man, woman and child.
Yes, today, like every other day of the year, is a fine time to reject militarism as a way of life and create, instead, peaceful co-existence with the other 6.2 billion people on the planet.