What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war, not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace — the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living — and the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.
I speak of peace, therefore, as the necessary rational end of rational men. I realize the pursuit of peace is not as dramatic as the pursuit of war — and frequently the words of the pursuers fall on deaf ears. But we have no more urgent task.
Examine our attitude towards peace itself. Too many of us think it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that war is inevitable — that mankind is doomed — that we are gripped by forces we cannot control.
We need not accept that view. Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man’s reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable — and we believe they can do it again.
For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.
— President John F. Kennedy, American University, 10 June 1963
the following quotation is how the us government knew september 11, 2001, was going to happen and why they began unconstitutionally wiretapping the entire country on february 27, 2001. the reason the government allowed it to happen was explained by counter-terrorism chief (before bush fired him) richard clarke during the “911 hearings:” he said that the will was not present in the congress nor in the american public to militarize the fight against terrorism — “they needed body bags.”
raed hijazi was one of the two “sleeper agents” in boston who coordinated the planning of the entire operation. note especially “where he has since been cooperating with authorities.” quotation follows:
Raed Mohamed Hassan Hijazi
aka “Abu Ahmed the American”
aka “Abu Ahmed the Mortarman”
aka “Raed Hejazi”
Associate: al-Qaida **RF1**
An American citizen born in 1969 in California, Hijazi graduated from California State University in Sacramento. He grew up in Jordan and Saudi Arabia and converted to Islam. From early 1997 to late 1998 he lived in Boston and was a taxi driver. He supposedly contributed some $13,000 of his savings from driving a taxi to the Jordan millennium bomb plot. Trained in 1999 in Afghanistan in explosives and mortars, Hijazi traveled extensively in many countries including Pakistan, Israel, Turkey, and the United Kingdom. He was involved in recruiting new members for al-Qaida and purchased materials such as sulfuric and nitric acid for explosives to be used in the Jordan plot. Hijazi was linked to Abu Hoshar in the conspiracy and was sentenced to death in absentia by a Jordanian military court in September 2000. **RF2** Later that month, he was arrested by Syrian authorities in Damascus and extradited to Jordan where he has since been cooperating with the authorities. **RF3**
**RF1** United States v. Usama bin Laden et al., S (7) 98 Cr. 1023 (LBS), p. 34.
**RF2** James Risen, “Foiled Terror Plot on Tourists Linked to bin Laden Aide,” New York Times, February 29, 2000, p. A1; and Judith Miller, “Dissecting a Terror Plot from Boston to Amman,” New York Times, January 15, 2001, pp. A1 and A7.
**RF3** “Syria Said to Deport Convicted Muslim Militant,” Gulf News (Dubai), December 4, 2000.
Excerpted from Usama Bin Laden’s al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network, by Yonah Alexander and Michael S. Swetnam. NY: Transnational Publishers, 2001.
The filthy rich bastards have us all right where they want us, fighting their profitable wars, serving them hamburgers, eating their poisonous food and buying their cheap ass Chinese Walmart junk. Heaven help you if you try and better yourself because if you do you will have to owe them for the rest of your life. Help by supporting the 28th Amendment and STAMP MONEY OUT OF POLITICS. We need some real people in our govt other than bought off carpet baggers.
Linda The corporate argument is, “Nobody made you go and get a degree.” It’s just another scam to make money. It’s called the education industry. Feeding off of a desire for knowledge and learning. Capitalist crooks all sitting around in a strategy meeting identify a pot of money to be had and figure out a way to get their greedy paws on it. We all want our children to have an education and “be somebody”. We all voted as taxpayers to make a pot of money available to help each other educate our children and ourselves. Then the greedy capitalist pigs figured out a way to raise tuition and create an industry to funnel the money into their greedy guts.
Roger I guess I see what Kelly is saying, BUT did it occur to her to go to a state school or CC for a few years……134K is a pretty expensive 4 years of school…. She didnt do the math before hand? come on lets not make all of our decisions turn us into victims..
Jerry the ironic part is that, since 2000, there has been a decline in demand for jobs requiring a college education. it has been shown that a college education these days mostly results in lower income people getting knocked into unemployment and college grads getting their jobs — and being “underemployed.” and yet a college education (and the concomitant loan) is still being marketed as a young person’s wisest career choice. and roger, our population is trained from birth to buy whatever is being sold via the media. yes, the individual is ultimately responsible for his or her poor choices — but does that relieve any of the responsibility that corporations have for pouring billions of dollars into advertising trying to persuade people to make decisions that are not in the best interest of themselves as consumers?
Jerry let me ask that differently: yes, corporations, using advertising and manipulative persuasion, can convince a certain number of weak or gullible people into making decisions that benefit the corporations to the detriment of the “victims” who are ultimately responsible for their own actions: because the corporations CAN do it, SHOULD they? does the pursuit of profit justify anything and everything? is it RIGHT?
Roger Big money behind Romney. Lost. Last week Brat with less than 200k goes against cantor with a war chest of 6 million. Cantor list. 2012 midterms dems pick up 2 senate seats n 13 house gm seats. They were heavily outspent ( except for 2 races) by GOP. Where is the effect of $ in politics here
Rich Cruel to blame the student (i.e. “she didn’t do the math bla bla”) Students kinda don’t really “decide” what their loan amount will be. They are either accepted to the college they or their counselors apply to or not. Blaming her is to say “don’t bother trying, you’re a loser.” When they are accepted, they fill out forms and then the school determines their financial needs. They’ll get X amount of grants, X amounts of scholarships and the rest will be student loans, with all amounts to be determined by the curriculum required by the college. The student has no choice other than to bail. A 17 year old is not equipped to negotiate or even fully comprehend the process. Heck, PARENTS suffer trying to figure it out, all while time runs out for a chance at a good life for their beloved child. It’s cruel. It’s manipulative. It’s dishonest. And it’s a gross disservice to the next generation. All while the moneychangers get stupid rich preying on the hopes and dreams of eager young minds. It’s gotta stop.
Jerry and then when they DO graduate, the labor market is tilted against them. the same people who have loaned them money to go to school have “off-shored” the better jobs to cheaper labor markets, at the same time lobbying congress to pass draconian measures against bankruptcy forgiveness of student loans. this ensures the next generation of labor is indentured to the banks. complex systems analysis revealed that of over 43,000 multinational corporations, 40% of them are under the direct control of only 147 entities, mostly banks (http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/arxiv/pdf/1107/1107.5728v2.pdf). stupendous wealth concentrated in so few hands engenders unimaginable power…
Roger Rich- NONSENSE…..Its easy FAFSFA tells you exactly what you are eligble for and how much you get every year… THEN YOU DO THE MATH and say x 4 years equals my loan . It aint real hard…. DID you really just say they dont really know how much their loan is??? really?????