"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent."
Martin Luther King Jr. [From A Time to Break Silence] (via statistsgonnastate)
Don’t let the state-media’s war propaganda either fool or spread to you the anti-Iranian disease that currently plagues America, for there is no evidence that Iran is building a nuclear weapon.
Iran is not building a nuclear weapon:
- According to the IAEA report, Iran is not using its nuclear capabilities for military purposes and has reduced its breakout capability
- According to the 2007 and 2011 National Intelligence Estimates Iran is currently not building a nuclear weapon.
- Under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty, Iran has the right as a sovereignty nation to enrich uranium as long as it is for peaceful purposes and they are open to intrusive IAEA inspections.
However, currently Iran is surrounded by unfriendly neighbors and is a constant victim of American-Israeli threats and acts of aggression. If the push towards war does not stop, Iran could very well use its nuclear capabilities to build a bomb for defensive purposes. If it is a bomb that the west does not want, then a policy of non-intervention is the only approach that makes strategic sense.
Sanctions are an act of war. Or at the very least, in our case, are a significant step towards an American strike. For an example of this fact, one can look to the Iraq sanctions, which were used as precursor to war. The Obama Administration’s tough sanctions over Iran are not only inhumane, but are blatant aggression. They show that American is not willing to engage in diplomacy, the only way to prevent Iran from deciding to obtain nuclear weapons.
- Iran has stated that if they are attacked, they may then leave the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty giving them the capability to build nuclear weapons on demand.
- Many top Israeli security officials believe attacking Iran would be strategic suicide.
- The only reason Iran would build a nuclear weapon would be for defensive purposes, beings the Obama administration has taken a stance which will not tolerate a nuclear Iran — meaning Iran knows that it cannot build a nuclear weapon without being attacked by the world’s largest military superpower. However, if they feel they are going to be attacked anyways, a nuclear weapon would only make strategic sense in order to deter any invasion of their country.
- An Iranian Nuclear Weapon is no direct threat to American national security. The United States spends over 900 billion dollars a year on defense spending and is the world’s largest economic powerhouse, while Iran is a poor, middle-eastern country which can barely provide 10 billion a year for defense.
- Furthermore, the chances of Iran providing the nuclear weapon to Al-Qaeda are essentially nonexistent and the chances of them providing the weapon to any other terrorist organization are also almost nonexistent. Due to the negative international image, threats of tightened sanctions, and threats of war Iran currently suffers from, Iran would not find it beneficial to do such a thing. Not to mention that Iran would sacrifice all the perks of being a nuclear power.
- the state media has been claiming Iran is on the verge of a nuclear weapon since the 1980’s.
Iran is No threat to American national security and is currently not building a nuclear weapon. These realities will continue if America if America changes its attitude towards foreign policy. The truly America foreign policy is that of non-intervention, where we trade, travel, and engage in friendship with all nations, yet refrain from military conflict.
Ron Paul nails the “foreign aid” issue. I linked to 4:24, but go back and watch the whole thing because his answers on Bernanke may intrigue you.
"Let no man posture as an advocate of peace if he proposes or supports any social system that initiates the use of force against individual men, in any form."
Ayn Rand, For The New Intellectual (via europeanlibertarian)
If Obama is allowed to make a kill list, that means I can make one too right?
"It only looks impossible because a truly free and peaceful society has yet to be achieved. But once we get there, and we will, people will look back at governments as ridiculous, bloody, and evil hangovers from the primitive and drunken adolescence of our species. Your government cannot protect your property by stealing half of it first. It cannot protect your life by threatening you with endless violent edicts. It cannot protect your currency by forcing you to use a currency that it counterfeits at will. It cannot protect your children by sealing them up in 18th century mental prisons for years, while selling their futures off to the highest bidder."
Stefan Molyneux (via anarchei)
(Source: thinksquad, via )
"Think about that: if you expose to the world previously unknown evidence of widespread wanton killing of civilians (as Manning allegedly did), then you will end up in the same place as someone who actually engages in the mass wanton killing of civilians (as Bales allegedly did), except that the one who committed atrocities will receive better treatment than the one who exposed them. That’s a nice reflection of our government’s value system (similar to the way that high government officials who commit egregious crimes are immunized, while those who expose them are aggressively prosecuted). If the chat logs are to be believed, Manning decided to leak those documents because they revealed heinous war crimes that he could no longer in good conscience allow to be concealed, and he will now find himself next to a soldier who is accused of committing heinous war crimes."
"And don’t let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, ‘You’re too arrogant! And if you don’t change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I’ll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn’t even know my name."
Martin Luther King, Jr (via citizens-concerned)
These videos still and will always give me chills.
Who do you choose? Perpetual war or peace?
Yes yes yes.
"If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged “good” can justify it—there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations."
Ayn Rand, “The Roots of War”, Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal