Sunday, April 10, 2011

The militarized economy does not balance the books

"Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms but with intellect and honorable purposes. "Eisenhower, in a speech to military and industrial complex, 1961 While we devote our love and our support to those who have been so terribly affected by the earthquake and tsunami, we must not allow this to distract the other shock tsunami directed toward us.

Our political and economic leaders will try to use the disaster as a distraction to cheat us with the budget cuts that fatten their wallets and leave us and our children devastated. No matter which side of the political ring you sit during the current budget debates. The fact is that if our leaders do not want to take into consideration our excessive reliance on militarized economy to change, we will never make ends meet.

And our descendants will face an endless struggle to clean up the rubble. The tidal wave of the Department of Defense is growing every year, more threatening. We are witnessing countless billions in research and development of weapons, nuclear weapons and covert activities, and often illegal, CIA, NSA (National Security Agency), FBI, the Department of Homeland Security Homeland and other agencies 'intelligence'.

We look at the countries that are disrupted by natural disasters and political turmoil and see how this "elixir of the crisis" attracts and benefits from the predatory capitalists. The riots in foreign lands encourage U.S. hawks to continue the revelry during their military orgies, from which to launch campaigns staggered out into new areas of conflict.

And they have the nerve to sell it all for democracy promotion. It 's time for us - for you and me - to tell him that they were exposed, we understand that what they are really doing is to collect large profits and other nations to make them financially enslaved for generations to come.

Meanwhile, at home, we face heavy cuts in social services, transportation, health care, and education in environmental and other civic services. Now it's time for us - for you and me - to advise our leaders that we do not cheat more with their rhetoric. We know that they can not bring order in the internal finances without a significant reduction in military spending.

This includes call back our troops from the Middle East and Afghanistan. In 1961, President Eisenhower said: "As we watch in the future society, we - you and me, and our government - must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering for our comfort and convenience the precious resources tomorrow.

We can not mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. " There is a sad irony in these words. We need those who followed Eisenhower's footsteps in the halls of power in Washington to know that we understand the importance of those words in the economic crisis and military today.

The United States is at least 50% of total world military spending, and yet our share of world GDP is less than 25%. The official budget does not take into account the money covertly appropriated for annual "blacks" in the Pentagon, CIA and other clandestine operations. We must all ask ourselves: how can a nation that prides itself on a government "of, for and by the people", to justify the concealment of these funds will examine the taxpayers? If you really want a real democracy to survive for future generations, then we must ask for massive reductions in the military.

We must demand a peaceful and sustainable course for our country and the world at large. We must bring our troops home. We must protect ourselves from the tsunami that is being created on Wall Street and in the halls of Washington DC. Translated by Eleanor Cipollina

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