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
I’ve had this thought
that this country
has gone backwards
4 or 5 decades
and that all the
the good feeling of
has been washed
and replaced by the same
more than ever
the selfish wants of power
the disregard for the
we are replacing want with
we have wasted the
we have become
we have our Bomb
it is our fear
something so sad
has hold of us
and we can’t even
from the collection “the pleasures of the damned”
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.
if only drones were limited to such uses as taking extraordinary photographs as this!