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PEACE IMPERILS POWER



Just like Jesus in His day, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. threatened the power of the government, the military/industrial complex, and even the coffers of organized crime. Some say that this is what cost him his life, and that his death was not attributable to James Earl Ray or anyone other than the CIA and associated interests.

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day in America, and he was honored nationwide. Mail delivery was halted, many had the day off work, and services and remembrances were held in churches, state capitols and even on the floors of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Odd that, considering this same government is credited with killing Dr. King.

The cause of peace – real peace – would bankrupt many people, most governments and all weapons manufacturers and other purveyors of violence, death and destruction the world over. That’s the real reason MLK was killed. The love of money. And we know that the love of money is the root of evil in our world, because the scriptures tell us so. Over and over and over. Yet most American Christians continue to support the militaristic actions of their government, even though that support has helped spread more chaos and death among more innocent people than has ever befallen the earth in human history.

For more information on the death of King, and a trial that proved who the guilty parties are, go to:

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/MLKactOstate.html

http://actofstate.org/

Jesus commanded us to walk in peace, and we often fail to do that. As we remember a man who lived – and died – for the cause of peace, let’s do our part to fight injustice, stop war and reach out with God’s love to a world that hungers and thirsts for Him. Start by informing yourselves more, arming your mind with the ammunition needed to fight the propaganda of powerful forces in this world. Then take what you discover and spread it, so that others may hear and be set free.

Then occupy. That’s what Jesus told us to do: “Occupy until I come.” Funny how modern-day “occupiers” have filled cities across the nation in an effort to fight economic injustice. We should do at least that much as we work to share an eternal message of peace, hope and love.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:17-21



(Thanks to my buddy Mike for the initial reference on this post. Love you, bro!)


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A KILLING MACHINE



by Duane Shank 09-07-2011


Two long pieces this weekend described “one hell of a killing machine,” and “the dark matter … that orders the universe but can’t be seen.” One is the CIA’s Counter-Terrorism Center, including its drones and paramilitary branch; the other the U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command. Together, they are “an expanding netherworld between intelligence and military operations.” And together, they are part of what another story calls an era of endless war.

With little accountability and almost no transparency, the U.S. has trained, armed, and authorized secret death squads; free to assassinate those who are considered terrorists or insurgents. They are responsible for an unknown number of deaths, but numbering in the thousands. And both are growing.

It is eerily reminiscent of the Phoenix Program, run by the CIA and U.S. special operations forces during the Vietnam War. That operation killed at least 26,000 suspected members of the National Liberation Front of Vietnam. Two decades later, a civil war in El Salvador between a military-controlled government and a combination of left-wing militias flared into the open. The U.S. actively backed the government with military aid, including troops trained by the U.S., some of whom were also involved in death squads. These secret assassination teams killed thousands of activists, including Archbishop Oscar Romero, three American nuns, and a religious lay worker, among many others.





And now we’re at it again. Striking in the dead of night — either by drones from the sky or masked men in black kicking down doors with guns blazing. We continue to operate under the assumption that we can kill our way to peace; that covert assassinations won’t come back to haunt us in a new generation of insurgents, out to avenge their anger. We forget the words of the prophet Hosea, “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.” And, we forget the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” We must discover that way to life, rather than continuing to bring death.


Duane Shank is senior policy advisor at Sojourners.



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