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The Good War

I worked with a man named Charlie years ago in Houston. I’m sorry, I’ve forgotten his last name. When we met he was nearing retirement age. He was one of the very first Americans into Berlin at the close of World War II. He told me there were dead bodies everywhere; soldiers, civilians, dogs, horses, …

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You would think after thirty straight years of daily bombings they would have figured out that violence doesn’t work as a means to solve your problems. The sad thing is, you can’t be sure which side I’m talking about.

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“They can easily control that.”

“In a world that wants us to be angry, bitter, selfish and vile, I realized that the truest form of rebellion is uncompromising righteousness. In this day and age, I believe that a true rebel does not run the streets with a weapon yelling stuff. True rebels live the life they believe is right, no …

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Enlightenment

“When you stop searching and you calm down and you put your books away, and you confront yourself and see what you are all about, that will bring about bliss faster than anything you can ever imagine or ever do.”  ~Robert Adams I used to read parables about Zen monks who would be given a …

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May Peace Prevail on Earth

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Violence

“When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle …

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Strategies

“…the Muslim World has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation by all means.”  ~Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (source) That won’t work. The Palestinians are closer to victory than they realize- but they’re never going to defeat the US-backed Israeli military. Fortunately, they don’t need to. If I may digress for a moment:  one dirty little …

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Anti/Pro

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Shenanigans

 “Please stop! I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!  Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am thinking above all of children, who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future; dead children, injured children, mutilated children, orphaned children, children whose toys are things …

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The Fugs

For a very long time, our peace plan (and everybody else’s) has been to kill all the bad guys- every single one of them- thinking that once they’re all dead, then we’ll have peace. That hasn’t worked so far. But we keep trying.

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