What I Said at the Peace Hub of the Climate March

Most countries on earth have the U.S. military in them.

Most countries on earth burn less fossil fuel than does the U.S. military.

And that’s without even calculating how much worse for the climate jet fuel is than other fossil fuels.

And it’s without even considering the fossil fuel consumption of the world’s leading weapons makers, or the pollution caused by the use of those weapons all over the world.

The U.S. is the top weapons dealer to the world, and has weapons on multiple sides of most wars.

The U.S. military created 69% of super fund environmental disaster sites and is the third leading polluter of U.S. waterways.

When the British first developed an obsession with the Middle East, passed along to the United States, the desire was to fuel the British Navy.

What came first? The wars or the oil? It was the wars.

Wars and the preparations for more wars consume a huge amount of oil.

But the wars are indeed fought for control of oil. So-called foreign intervention in civil wars is, according to comprehensive studies, 100 times more likely — not where there is suffering, not where there is cruelty, not where there is a threat to the world, but where the country at war has large reserves of oil or the intervener has a high demand for oil.

We need to learn to say

No More Wars for Oil
and
No More Oil for Wars

You know who agrees with that? Pre-presidential campaign Donald Trump. On December 6, 2009, on page 8 of the New York Times a letter to President Obama printed as an advertisement and signed by Trump called climate change an immediate challenge. “Please don’t postpone the earth,” it said. “If we fail to act now, it is scientifically irrefutable that there will be catastrophic and irreversible consequences for humanity and our planet.”

In fact, Trump is now acting to speed up those consequences, an action prosecutable as a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court — at least if Trump were African.

It’s also a crime impeachable by the United States Congress — at least if there’s some way to involve sex in it.

Holding this government accountable is up to us.

No More Wars For Oil
No More Oil for Wars

Say it with me.

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  • Jill

    David,

    I am originally from Toledo and know some of the people you are familiar with there. I now live in a Democratic party stronghold, a small community which is wonderfully open to the lesbian and gay community but completely hostile to anyone who is on the left or the right. I am being sincere when I ask how to reach out to Democrats in this community.

    I asked the “progressive” (meaning Democratic) group in town if they would like to protest the war on Korea with me. I just get ignored, meeting a complete wall of silence. There is reluctant support for Trump because he bombed Syria “for the children” (although this bombing does go against some people’s religion). They are having a difficult time with bombing Syria because it is: 1. against their religion and 2. Trump is the war maker. However, the “for the children” argument is strong and able to overcome these objections to war in many people’s minds.

    People here are extremely uninformed. I try to be very kind. I don’t argue with them about their misinformation. I just try to see if I have any area of common cause and go with that. In this way, I have managed to make friends with Trump voters who are trying to grow affordable organic food for schools and people who could not ordinarily afford organic food (many people here). I am fully supportive of this endeavor.

    If you or any other poster knows of a way to reach Democratic voters on behalf of stopping the insanity of war, nuclear or otherwise, please let me know. I do refuse to heap hatred on Trump supporters or pretend Obama wasn’t a war monger (although I don’t go out of my way to speak about Obama’s war mongering with Democrats). Other than offering to hate others and lie about reality, I would really like to hear ideas for even getting to a beginning of forming opposition to war among Democrats.

    Thank you in advance to anyone who responds with their ideas.

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