Do you love humanity enough to stop illegal US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran?

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"One thing we have endeavoured to observe most scrupulously, namely, never to depart from the strictest facts and, in dealing with the difficult questions that have arisen during the year, we hope that we have used the utmost moderation possible under the circumstances. Our duty is very simple and plain. We want to serve the community, and in our own humble way to serve the Empire. We believe in the righteousness of the cause, which it is our privilege to espouse. We have an abiding faith in the mercy of the Almighty God, and we have firm faith in the British Constitution. That being so, we should fail in our duty if we wrote anything with a view to hurt. Facts we would always place before our readers, whether they are palatable or not, and it is by placing them constantly before the public in their nakedness that the misunderstanding between the two communities in South Africa can be removed." Mohandas K. Gandhi, Indian Opinion (1 October 1903)

Most people claim the religious/spiritual/philosophical value of love to be highly important to their self-expression. Let’s explore the virtue of love and inquire into its application regarding current US wars.

Love is a feeling and/or identity of fundamental relatedness with other human beings. For Christians, love is the essential expression of their religion. In the New Testament, Jesus gave only one commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt. 22:37-40). For non-Christians, this expression is probably close enough to your definition of love to work with.

An absolutely beginners’ test for love is if you care minimally enough to act in prevention of a violent attack against another person, with all likelihood that attack will cause severe pain and suffering upon the victim. Americans have been in the presence of such a test for the current wars with Iraq, Afghanistan, and rhetoric for more war in Iran. An important part of our understanding is being clear about the truth of our government’s claims justifying these wars as helpful for US national security and/or helpful for the countries’ populations we’ve invaded.

Among hundreds of writers, I’ve made clear that our own Congressional reports show all evidence used for claims arguing for war were not only false, but known to be false at the time they were told to the American public and world. All US intelligence agencies found zero US national security threat from any of the countries we’ve invaded. You need to verify this information if you haven not already done so (and here for my summary of false rhetoric for war with Iran). You also need to embrace the difficult fact that this story is among many that the so-called “mainstream media” will not cover in print, on television, or on their websites. Eminent news-anchor Walter Cronkite saw this in his retirement, stating, "Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcast outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism."

Let’s also consider American values in consideration of love and war. The Declaration of Independence affirms that all human beings are created equal, all valued and valuable in their inalienable rights to their lives, their liberty, and their freedom to pursue happiness. The rights found in the US Constitution apply to all persons interacting with our government (unless ceded to international law, with only rights to vote and becoming President reserved for citizens). As you know, being “American” is a legal distinction. Therefore, the values and legal rights expressed in law are arguably our best definition of being American.

Americans, therefore, should protect all human beings’ right to life, and freedom from military and economic attack. Doing anything else, especially lying to attack others, and destroying their freedom and legal protection from attack, is obviously un-American.

Love understands that the weak and those out of touch with love will lie to obtain vices that are never enough to compensate for a lack of love. Among the vices people desire in their ontological error are control, domination, and the vain effort of trying to prove that their group is somehow better than another group they declare as separate and inferior.

The American public, so far, has been more susceptible to lies than applying love to verify acts of war are absolutely the last resort of justice. The American public, so far, has been collectively irresponsible of their citizenry to know the simple laws governing war. The American public, so far, has been guilty of the hubris of thinking a 222-year-old constitution somehow guarantees restraint from evil without its citizens’ integrity, despite the Founding Fathers’ explicit admonishment that American values only survive with citizen vigilance.

Let’s conclude.

We know the “leadership” of both the Republican and Democratic parties lied to get into wars against peoples who were no threat to US national security. Both parties’ Presidents were chief spokespersons for lies of commission and lies of omission. The victims in Iraq, Afghanistan, and potentially Iran, were declared as less than worthy of truth, less than deserving of rights, justice, dignity, cooperation, and certainly unworthy of love. These lies to commit illegal Wars of Aggression are fact, not opinion, and can be verified by anyone with the curiosity to read the disclosed evidence from our own Congressional committees (this is the third time I've given you this link - I request you read it as a resource to have certainty of the evidence rule your judgement rather than unsubstantiated belief).

Now it’s your turn to take this beginners’ test of love:

Do you have the intellectual integrity, moral courage, and love to think, speak, and act for peace when the case against war is so crystal clear? Even if you fear that your answer is “no,” doesn’t your heart and mind call to take this step forward to be the person you’ve always wanted to be? Who you really are is attracted to love and all virtues. You are repulsed by vicious acts, especially non-defensive wars.

And if you need more evidence that the US has been a non-loving influence, consider these lies of omission from your government “leadership” and enabling five corporation “mainstream media:” Iraq now has between 2.5 - 4.5 million orphans, depending on who does the counting. That’s 10-18% of their total population. That’s as if China invaded the US to free us from war-causing government, and approaching eight years after their “gift of freedom,” the US had 30-54 million orphans. And Afghanistan is now ranked in overall quality of life as second-to-last out of 182 countries.

I've repeatedly argued that the most effective, and most loving, policy response is Truth and Reconciliation.

Please watch these two brilliant videos:
a 4-minute contrast between who President Obama holds as his heroes in his rhetoric, and his actions as president that do not reflect those values.
A 3-minute contrast of the facts in Afghanistan with US rhetoric of “progress” after 8-years and counting (warning – some realistic footage of war deaths).
For outstanding additional reporting, read Marc W. Herold’s, Media Distortion: Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians to "Save Our Troops.” Eight Years of Horror Perpetrated agaisnt the people of Afghanistan. Also examine the poignant videos from “Rethink Afghanistan.”

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“Perhaps you think that different kinds of love are possible. Perhaps you think there is a kind of love for this, a kind for that; a way of loving one, another way of loving still another. Love is one. It has no separate parts and no degrees; no kinds nor levels, no divergencies and no distinctions. It is like itself, unchanged throughout. It never alters with a person or a circumstance. It is the Heart of God, and also of His Son.
Love's meaning is obscure to anyone who thinks that love can change. He does not see that changing love must be impossible. And thus he thinks that he can love at times, and hate at other times. He also thinks that love can be bestowed on one, and yet remain itself although it is withheld from others. To believe these things of love is not to understand it.” - A Course in Miracles, There is no love but God’s.

Gandhi

Thanks for the great post. Love just about sums everything up. Love is the only truth, everything else is an illusion. Gandhi is right as usual. All war is insanity. In my mind there is only one commandment and that is to love one another. The law of love or as I like to say the law of harmonious interaction.