• More Than Just Words

    For evil to triumph, it only needs that the good do nothing.

    If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.

    If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.

    The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.

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People Power

This post is the second in the series But What Can We Do About It?

One of the most prominent figures in the 20th-century theatre, Bertolt Brecht, had this message for armed forces chiefs:

General, your tank
is a powerful vehicle
it smashes down forests
& crushes a hundred men.
but it has one defect:
it needs a driver.

General, your bomber is powerful
it flies faster than a storm
& carries more than an elephant.
but it has one defect:
it needs a mechanic.

General, man is very useful.
He can fly & he can kill.
but he has one defect:
He can think.

In the past I’ve posted up information about individuals taking the stand of refusing to follow orders that have gone contrary to their conscience and others who have refused military service completely, US conscientious objectors and the Shministim, Israeli teenagers refusing the mandatory military service.

The following video of the Winter Soldier presentation for Iraq Veterans Against the War shows that, thankfully, there is a movement developing within the armed forces consisting of individuals demonstrating that ‘defect’, as Brecht put it,  soldiers who have realised how true his words are and who have decided that they are the ones that can change things.

Iraq Veterans Against the War

Iraq Veterans Against the War YouTube channel,

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The abovementioned post dealing with conscientious objection within US forces and the Shministim, teenage opposition to mandatory military service in Israel, also contains several informative and inspiring short videos. It can be found in the Solutions section of the Centre of the Psyclone website, here.

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