Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Way to Fight Terrorism Is to Eliminate Its Root Causes

The way to fight world terrorism is not by perpetuating more violence, but by eliminating its root causes: poverty, social inequality, a lack of education, and a lack of respect for human rights. Moreover, the importance of religion must be deemphasized. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization “violence begins from the mind.” This means removing children from violent circumstances, and raising the world’s children in healthy, safe environments, making sure they have a good primary education, and are free from religious influences.

For those who say, “good words, but poverty, social inequality, a lack of education, and a lack of respect for human rights has been going on since the beginning of time. It’s in the Old Testament. We can control it but we can't eliminate it.” I say, we must free ourselves, particularly our children, from the religious influences that dictate over reason and conscience.

I am always reminded of the quote of George Bernard Shaw, famously referenced by RFK, “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’" We should always ask ourselves that question: “Why not.” Why can't we change the course of terrorism has taken by eliminating its causes, and maybe not eliminate it but significantly marginalize it.



Copyright © Horatio Green 2016


Monday, March 28, 2016

Bernie Sanders: “Defending America’s Vital Strategic Interest”

As a veteran of the Iraq War,
Congresswoman Gabbard understands the cost of war
and is fighting to create a foreign policy that not only protects
America but keeps us out of perpetual wars
that we should not be in.
The only time war is justified is in the direct, unquestionable life or death defense of our country. Yet, every Republican presidential candidate believes in the use of force in order to protect our vital interest, so does Hillary Clinton.

Voting for any Republican presidential candidate, or Hillary Clinton, is essentially a vote for the perpetuation of America’s wars . . .  more killing, more atrocities, more lives destroyed. The protecting vital interest phrase is standard rhetoric Presidents use to justify invasions and military occupations of other countries.

Friday, March 18, 2016

America’s Atrocities: No Gun Ri, Tiger Force, Mỹ Lai, Highway of Death, Iraq, and Afghanistan

Image at Information Clearing House
Other Highway of Death images

T here is inconceivable massacres that take place in every war. The United States is not an exception. Deplorably, the military and government attempt to whitewash these crimes. They’re only brought to light when participants or witnesses courageously report them. Cover-ups keep Americans in the dark, but when they learn of them, they attribute these mass murders to the “fog of war,” or accept them as an inevitable part of war.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Remembering My Lai, the Day American’s Slaughtered Five Hundred South Vietnamese, Including Children and Babies

One of many photos taken by United States 
in the aftermath of the My Lai massacre 
showing mostly women and children dead on a road.
Forty-eight 
years ago, on Saturday morning, March 16, 1968, 18-year-old Truong Moi, a fisherman from the hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam, went out to check the fishnets he had set in a nearby river. Troung was a member of a community of about 700 people, including the hamlet of My Khe. They lived in thatch-roofed huts and redbrick homes in the village of Son My, located on Vietnam’s South Central Coast. My Lai and My Khe were quiet and peaceful hamlets, for the most part untouched by the war. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

A Future without Work and Money, the End of Capitalism and Inequality

Screenshot of Tech Insider video
Automated and autonomous systems are becoming more prevalent and capable of doing more things. These systems will continue to change the way we produce products, how we provide services, and how they are distributed.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Why Americans Accept the Outrageousness of Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington, D.C.
A Gage Skidmore Image

“There is No ‘Other’ America”; “The Rise of Donald Trump Is a Terrifying Moment in American Politics”

Donald Trump is the greatest reality show Americans have ever seen, and America loves juicy reality shows. Americans are drawn to sensationalism, vulgarity, put-downs, and feelings of schadenfreude. Trump, as any demagogue, is very much aware of these American vulnerabilities and cognizant of the power he creates by inducing hate, fear, and racism. Trump has successfully tapped into America’s Achilles heel.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sanders’ Assessment of Clinton’s Mentor Kissinger Is Well Founded

Atlantic Council Distinguished Leadership Awards 2013
 presented top global leadership awards to
former US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
At the Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Senator Bernie Sanders revealed how much he detested Hillary Clinton’s mentor on Foreign Policy, Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders said he believes “Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

‘Medicare for All’ Is Affordable Care Act’s Logical Next Step

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton attacked Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for All” as a plan that will end the Affordable Care Act (AFC), commonly known as Obamacare, and the contentious congressional fight that will certainly follow is not worth the effort. Other than some tweaks here and there, Clinton will not change AFC.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Clinton’s Healthcare Plan Is Just The Same Old, Same Old

In the words of Robert Reich, “The real contrast is between Bernie’s vision of a government responsive to the vast majority [such as his single-payer health care plan], and Hillary’s vision of a government very much like the one we have now [of which her support for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is a good example].”

Monday, January 11, 2016

Obama’s SOTU Needs to Make Proposals Centered around Those of Senator Bernie Sanders

United States Government Image
On Tuesday, January 12, President Obama will deliver his eight State of the Union (SOTU) address. Although other presidents have chosen to deliver post-election SOTU addresses—Lyndon Johnson in 1969, while Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Jimmy Carter submitted theirs in writing—most likely, it will be President Obama’s last.