Campaign to Establish a Canadian Department of Peace


Department of Peace: :

Prominent Peacebuilder, Murray Thompson, O.C., Champions a Department of Peace

added November 12th, 2011

Thomson provides a checklist of practical ways to challenge militarism. They include:

“Advocate for a Department of Peace that puts peace, the environment, and disarmament priorities into foreign policy and seeks to train thousands of youth and others in conflict resolution, in Canada or elsewhere.”

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  1. Box 53
    Landmark, MB Canada
    R0A 0X0
    Tel. # 204-355-4003
    Jan. 9, 2013

    Letters Editor

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Sometime ago I read where a British TV station was going to show, briefly, graphic footage of two British soldiers killed in Iraq. Such scenes are extremely unpleasant but I daresay that if people would much more often see the human butchery we call war, in all its bloody gruesomeness, they would literally scream at their leaders to stop it. Scenes of mutilated bodies don’t sit well with any glamourized notion of war and so such photos are seldom published. During the Vietnam War, when one magazine ran a picture of a decapitated soldier, people got sick to the stomach. I hate to say this, but maybe we should start showing shattered limbs, faces shot off, bowels protruding, genitals torn off, and brains oozing out. I “hear” you shout, “Stop already,” but I’ve not even started on the psychological and emotional damage, and, then, too, these are only words, not photos or TV clips, and a far cry from the moans, the gore, the stench, and the utter agony of the battlefield itself.

    Anyone who thinks that soldiers give their lives for their country is badly mistaken; those precious lives are brutally wrested from them (as one side or the other seeks to kill the most). People who clamour and push for war, manufacturers and dealers of arms who help create war, politicians who are ever ready to send young people to war, religious people who loudly proclaim so-called Just and Holy War theories, or even those who simply accept war as inevitable, seldom have seen the horror of it. They need to see it at its worst.

    Sincerely,

    Stan Penner

    P.S. Below are some quotes. Maybe you can use them, or some of them.

    “I….call to everyone, Christians and the followers of other religions, to work together to build a world without violence, a world that loves life and grows in justice and solidarity.” Pope John Paul II, Kazakhstan, Sept. 2001

    “War is the only game in which both sides lose.” Walter Scott

    “War is the blackest villainy of which human nature is capable.” Erasmus

    “If you had seen one day of war, you would pray to God that you would never see another.” The Duke of Wellington

    “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Ghandi

    “… I had finally become anti any kind of war for whatever reason.” Giles- much beloved (especially by the common soldiers) World War II British cartoonist

    “If you want to take revenge on somebody, you better dig two graves.” Chinese proverb

    “It is a conviction that war is not an answer to human conflict any more than cannibalism is to human hunger.” Bruce Kent International Peace Bureau President at centenary reception, Berne, 1991

    “The time has now come for man’s intellect to win out over the brutality, the insanity of war.” Linus Pauling, Nobel Peace Prize recipient in his book No More War

    “The more I study the history of the world the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force to create anything durable.” Napolean, on St. Helena

    “I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.” General Douglas MacArthur

    “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” President John F. Kennedy

    Herman Goering, at the Nuremburg Trials: Why, of course people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    “Today every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or madness.” John F. Kennedy

    Comment by Stan Penner — January 9, 2013 @ 12:31 pm

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