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 AFWW Newsletter #27 - July 2012 - Drone Warfare     
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Drone Warfare and Moral Choice
Killing...by Remote Control
Winning the War on War
We Are All One
About AFWW
 
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"Action without love is meaningless, and love without action is irrelevant."
Hafsat Abiola 
   
 
 

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Living Beyond War, by Winslow Myers.
Makes a strong case for the maladaptiveness of war, the need for us to develop a sense of loyalty to the human race, and the ways of resolving conflicts nonviolently.

 

 


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"The U.S. vs. John Lennon." 
He didn't just sing songs. John Lennon was an Activist, Visionary, and Revolutionary. He frightened the U.S. government. Watch and appreciate Lennon's work to lay a foundation for a future without war.
 

 

  

  

  

  

  

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Drone Warfare and  Moral Choice 

  

Something deep inside all of us knows that using drones on others is immoral. In her blog, Drone Warfare and Moral Choice, Dr. Hand says she can "explain remarkably simply why this is deeply
immoral. In his book, Living Beyond War, artist and teacher Winslow Myers provides a list of a truth held sacred by many great leaders, thinkers and cultures:'

 

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.

 

Hinduism: Do naught unto others what would cause you pain if done unto you.

 

Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellow man.

 

Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

 

Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desire for himself.

 

Sikhism: I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.

 

Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss.

 

These are almost universally considered to be the essence of morality. Read the full article  

 

   

 

Unity

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

 

Political and peace activist Medea Benjamin has written a passionate and thorough exploration of the origin, use, and emotional and moral damages of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)-aerial drones. Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control is a powerful argument against their use as weapons. A reader seeking insight will not be disappointed.

 

The essayist Barbara Ehrenreich writes a trenchant Foreword that puts this kind of warfare into its historical context. Weaponized drones are only the latest inventions that allow us to kill-at-a-distance. Ehrenreich reminds us how in the Iliad the invading Greeks ridiculed the Trojan Prince Paris for his reliance on the bow and arrow. Only cowards, attacking from a distance and afraid of the honorable hand-to-hand, face-to-face combat of heroes, said the Greeks, would abandon the sword for such a weapon.

 

From slings, to bow and arrows, to catapults, to guns, to bombs, to Tomahawk missiles, we have certainly been making progress in the practice of killing.

 

Benjamin opens her "Introduction" with heart-rending personal accounts of the horrifying tragedy visited on people in Afghanistan by U.S. drones. "Collateral damage," the antiseptic term used to anesthetize the moral conscience of drone users or the citizens who provide the tax money to construct and deliver drones are transformed for the reader into actual fellow human beings...men, women, and children. This is as it should be: it puts the remainder of the book into its proper moral context.   

 

Serious activists and lovers of peace are encouraged to buy the book, absorb it, and support the efforts of Medea and others who have the vision to stop the use of weapons arguably as inherently evil (powerfully negative for humans) as atomic bombs.

 

     Benjamin, Medea. 2012. Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. New York: OR Books.  

 

The AFWW website offers a lengthy review of Drone Warfare.  

 

Winning the War on War

In his book, Winning the War on War: the Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide, Professor Joshua S. Goldstein has given us an extraordinarily useful review of the causes of war, a description of its relatively recent decline, and many insights into how we can change some behavior and strengthen other behavior in order to win the war on war. He is a professor at the School of International Service at American University and author of International Relations (10th Edition) and War and Gender. AFWW found especially useful his exploration of the successes of the United Nations and suggestions for how that body could be strengthened to be a major force in ending war.

 

      Goldstein, Joshua. 2011. Winning the war on war: the decline of armed conflict worldwide. New York: Dutton. 

 

We Are All One - Dancing in Moscow

The desire for all of us to be one, to live in peace as one, to end the insanity of war is something positive we need to cultivate. Furthermore, AFWW always seeks to balance the negative with the positive, and the two entries above deal with killing aerial drones, something very negative.

 

For a treat and to encourage a sense of hopefulness, take a look at this flash mob of Young People Dancing in Moscow to an 83 year old American song written by a Russian born American-Jew (Irving Berlin). 
 
About A Future Without War

We want to provide newsletter readers with a reminder about our extensive website,  www.afww.org. The materials can be a reference for personal use, something to share with friends or colleagues who doubt that it would ever be possible to abolish war, and as thought pieces to stimulate discussions, for example, by your students, a book group, or peace activist organizations. You will find on the site:

  • A Mission Statement
  • Capstone Essay: "To Abolish War"
  • "Overview" Essays - 7 essays explaining the core rationale for why it is reasonable to believe we could abolish war if we make it a priority.
  • "Cornerstone" Essays - 9 essays explaining each of the broad categories of "good works" that we need to attend to simultaneously in any campaign to abolish war and maintain that state into the future.
  • "The Books" - a Table of Contents, reviews, and FREE download of Women, Power, and the Biology of Peace, links to purchase that book and also A Future Without War: the Strategy of a Warfare Transition"
  • A Link to the AFWW Blog
  • A Map of Nonviolent Cultures
  • A Video of Dr. Hand
  • Several Movie and Book Reviews
  • Archives of AFWW Newsletters
  • Links to over 150 Organizations involved in some aspect of the campaign to abolish war
  • Miscellaneous AFWW Essays

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