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It’s not about this war — it’s about all wars!

If you think the current international conflict is simply about one out-of-control crazy fuck — and you want to comfortably add to the chorus of self-righteous indignation around on social media — this may just get in your way. It will ask you for some real time and thought.

Full disclosure:
I write from the perspective of opposition to all war—towards debunking any and all excuses/reasons that fuel this insane male-of-the-species driven construction—this regularly generated destruction of human life on the planet.
That includes most of the responses to this that begin with “Yeah, but what about . . . “.


I was delighted to see Russian citizens taking to the streets in protest of their government’s invasion of Ukraine.

I was among the 36 million worldwide who took to the streets in 2003 in protest of the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

[I’ve been in the streets in protest of my government’s never-ending rogue actions ever since 1967 when, at 15, I traveled by bus to the March on the Pentagon. At 18 I refused to register for the draft—the Selective Service Kill Or Be Killed Lottery—but that’s a whole ‘nother story.]

“The US is the very last government on this entire planet who has any business talking about respecting the sovereignty of other nations. Absolute dead last.”

— Caitlin Johnstone

History lesson #1:

I’ve been on this planet seventy years now but I am still baffled how throughout history men have gotten other men to join them in these insane destructive stampedes. I’ve have had to accept the fact that maintaining a military (with scientist guys working overtime to make it more powerful), and invading other countries, is a thing. 
(Its like American football—its existence confounds me.)

History lesson #2:

“War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses. “

— Major General Smedly Butler , awarded Medal of Honor twice

War Is A Racket — Smedly Butler

History Lesson #4

War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning — Chris Hedges (excellent book)

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“Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance. God, I do love it so!”

— General George Patton

History Lesson #5.

History of the Russia/Ukraine Crisis 
— John Joseph Mearsheimer