Americans who really do love our country must band together and demand
a positive and constructive future for our nation as well as for
the world. As such, the following principles are proposed:
itself is both terrorism and a crime against humanity, and must be
recognized as such and condemned by the world community. "War" and "defense"
are not the same thing.
killing of innocent people anywhere in the world, by anyone, including
Americans, is unacceptable.
constitutional rights of our democratic society must not be compromised,
including the right to free speech and freedom of the press, especially
in times of "war."
rule of law, rather than war, should be used for the prosecution
of crimes. International bodies of justice must be strengthened and
not an acceptable foreign policy. We must demand that militarism
be condemned and alternatives to militarism be implemented, including:
The US military should be used for the defense of our country, or
for international peacekeeping, period. It should not be used for
terrorism (see definition above), nor to force the personal ideologies
of ruling US politicians upon the rest of the world; it should not
be used to pave the way for American corporate expansion across the
planet; and it should not be used to gain access to natural resources
in other countries.
War should be denounced as a crime against humanity and anyone who
plans for, or wages war should be brought to justice by the world
community. To be responsible for starting a needless war is unquestionably
the greatest failure of any politician at any time in history, past
or present. [see human rights violations]
All weapons of mass destruction in any country in the world should
be destroyed. Their very existence is an abomination, an insult,
and a threat to every decent person on Earth.
The United States should pledge to respect international law and
thereby become an example to the rest of the world. This is incredibly
overdue, as many US presidential administrations have not respected
international law and have flagrantly and repeatedly violated the
rights of sovereign nations over the past 50 years. The United
Nations Security Council has established procedures for dealing
with international conflicts. the US should respect and abide by
sign a petition urging the U.S. Government to abide by international
law, please go to: http://www.lawyersagainstthewar.org
Our country should be recognized by our citizens as the
land we live on and all of its inhabitants. Our "country" includes
our rivers, lakes and streams, mountains, forests, estuaries, flocks
of birds, herds of deer, the air we breathe, and the soil we depend
on for our food, as well as all of us people who live on this land.
This is what we love, what we protect, and what we preserve. Our country
is neither a flag nor the small group of wealthy, corporate-sponsored
politicians who currently control the government. We owe no allegiance
to the politicians; they are hired by us and paid by us to serve our
country and we must stand up and demand this from them. Otherwise they
will continue to bleed our economy, our natural resources, our young
men and women, and our planet, to satisfy their egotistical addiction
to militarism and greed.