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Spending $1T on futility

I received the following poem by Bud Brand, local poet who has become fairly well-known. Actually, he has had 78 works of poetry published 195 times in various venues. He sent a recent poem of his, "Causes of War," to me and will highlight my brief conclusion that follows:

Patriotism never dies

Though soldiers fall in battle,

A loss of life snuffed out by

Some politicians' prattle.

There are those causes well and good

That need a call of arms,

But talk and ego should not deem

We heed that loud alarm.

A call to war is never right

Without a valiant cause,

Yet all too often armies fight

For heads-of-state's faux pas.

In 2010, our military budget was around $700 billion. The total cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars now exceeds $1 trillion. In those two wars, over 6,000 U.S. citizens lost their lives and more than 40,000 were wounded. Is that the answer we want to continue growing or should we not be working for peace, justice and human dignity.

War will never be the answer as five placards on my personal automobile proclaims.

Ernest Hemingway wrote: "Never think that war, no matter how necessary nor how justified, is not a crime."

President Dwight Eisenhower saw World War II up close and personal; he said "I hate war, as only a soldier who has lived it can, who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."

Will we never learn? Or, will we keep giving such a large portion of our tax money to the military industrial complex — the corporate, power elite?

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