My father was drafted during World War II and served in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He served in the Army Medical Service Corps and saw the horrors of war as he earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart and the Victory Medal. The only time he would talk about his war experiences was with his war buddies and brother that served during the war. Listening to my father talk about war there was no glamor; it sounded difficult, uncomfortable, and was nothing like how movies portrayed war. I remember right after I graduated from High School, the Vietnam war was on and the draft was taking every eighteen year old they could get. I was unable to find a job and looked into joining the Army. My dad was not pleased with my decision and gave me a lecture on why I should not become part of the military. From his view it was not something you do unless is was absolutely necessary and the War in Vietnam was not a necessary war. Years later he proved his point-- it was a war that wasted the lives of over 50,000 young men and ended in defeat.
I am not one who is anti-soldier, although as I have become older and understand that most of the conflict America gets involved is more over politics than liberty and freedom, I have become anti-war in my beliefs. This may sound strange coming from a Quaker who should have a religious foundation in the Peace Testimony but can support those who have taken the oath as a solider to protect the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic. As I look at our country the greatest enemy our nation is faced with in from within. There are those who are out to destroy the foundation of this country. They have clothed themselves in the American Flag but underneath they are traitors and terrorist. They are willing to sacrifice our youth on the battlefields of their own makings for their own personal wealth and power. It is not the best interest of the American citizen that they are concerned with, but world domination and control of world wealth.
Over the past few years after 9/11 the neocons have infiltrated the Republican Party influencing policy. In fact neoconservatives played a major role in promoting and planning the invasion of Iraq. They are the same warmongers that would have us get into war with Syria and Iran and now they are pushing us into war with Russia. America has spent billions in the past few years on war. All the while our economy is faltering; unemployment has left millions of workers without jobs that would support their families. Congress has not approved a budget in years; we are in a spending frenzy that is destroying our economy.
The irony is the very group of neocons who would have us get involved in another war is not helping solve the problem the US government has with the economy which the military depends on. Actually, these past few wars have hurt the economy; too much is spent on the military in the wrong places. The solider in the field is not protected because of the lack of funding, the retired solider in not taken care of after his or her service to this country, the Veterans Administration is in a backlog and many are not getting the medical attention they need. Yet, we can give countries that hate us billions of dollars that should be going to those who served this country!
Our elected leaders are now pushing us towards a dangerous conflict that America may not be able to win. The warmongers, the neocons, the progressives that are following the lead of those who are destroying our country have taken over this country in coup that many fail to acknowledge. Obama has not changed the policies of the neocons from the Bush administration. In fact he has gone much further than Bush. He has his own “kill list”, has overthrown duly elected official in countries like Libya, Egypt, and Ukraine and is trying to overthrow Syria and Iran. His style of democracy is to remove those who were elected by the people in elections that were fair and honest and replace them with groups like the Muslim Brotherhood or puppets that can be controlled by the powers that placed him in the presidency.
The very security of the American way of life is in jeopardy from taking on Russian. Americans often fail to understand that our way of life is based on the security of the dollar. If the dollar is no longer a world currency for the purchase of oil we are in danger of a total collapse of our country.
A little history lesson to help us understand what has taken place to put us on the road towards total collapse. No matter what your feelings about big oil, the petrodollar is what keeps America stable. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia have required that oil be purchased by the dollar. Since the U.S. was the world’s largest importer of oil this could happen. But the U.S. is no longer the largest importer of oil, China has surpassed the U.S. When Russia no longer accepts the dollar as currency for oil all the economic sanctions put on by the Obama administration will not compare to the damage a switch from the petrodollar will do to America. What is happening now is that even Saudi Arabia is moving away from the U.S. and towards China. With the need for oil increasing in China and the decline of the dollar used for the purchase of oil, this will spell the end of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency and the failure of the U.S. economy.
If the neocons continue to push Obama to place more sanctions on Russia, the American people will be the loser. Not only will America hurt from the sanctions, but over 6000 German companies who do business with Russia will suffer. The wiser people who are advising against these sanctions say the Ukraine crisis is the biggest threat to global growth, and especially Germany, because of Russia's importance as an energy exporter.
Russia is one of Germany’s biggest trading partners, as the country is ranked the 7th biggest import market in 2013, according to Germany’s Statistics service. For the EU Russia ranks the third on the list of business allies, with the trade turnover estimated at $330 billion. German leaders might go along with the Obama sanctions but they could pay a tremendous price if the U.S. government cannot come through with replacement oil to compensate for the loss if Russia cuts off the gas and oil. The question everyone should be asking is who is behind this push to destroy Russia?
I don’t know if Putin is as evil as the media paints him to be or if Russia is a cold hearted nation out to dominate the entire world. What I do know is that Obama is evil and cold hearted when it comes to the interests of the American people. In the past few years the domestic policy of the Obama administration has been to attack the middle class and the poor. The failed policies of this administration has given us more people on welfare than ever before, millions of unemployed workers now dependent on the government for unemployment benefits, the income of the middle class has decreased, and the overall economy is teetering on collapse. To keep the American people distracted from these failures we need a war to get everyone to rally around the flag and forget the horrible condition our country is in.
My concern is that in the upcoming elections American voters put back into office these warmongers who are pushing our country to the brink of destruction. Men like John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Harry Reid, and Peter King who are permanently detached from reality--these are the greatest enemies to our country. As history has shown time and time again men who are driven by the desire for world domination usually end up being destroyed by the very ones they claim to help.
America does not need another war. It is time for America to seek peace! We do not need to become weak in order to have peace. We must stop being the “world bully” and quit trying to dominate the entire world.