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Medea Benjamin: “Instead of Bombing Dictators, Stop Selling Them Bombs”

Medea Benjamin was The Green Party candidate for U.S. Senator from California in 2000. Challenging Sen. Diane Feinstein’s record of support for bombing Serbia, and her earlier support for Bush Sr’s war in Iraq, Ms Benjamiin received 327,000 votes, over 3% and coming in third.

When all you have is bombs, everything starts to look like a target. And so after years of providing Libya’s dictator with the weapons he’s been using against the people, all the international community – France, Britain and the United States – has to offer the people of Libya is more bombs, this time dropped from the sky rather than delivered in a box to Muammar Gadhafi’s palace.

If the bitter lesson of Iraq and Afghanistan has taught us anything, though, it’s that wars of liberation exact a deadly toll on those they purportedly liberate – and that democracy doesn’t come on the back of a Tomahawk missile.

President Barack Obama announced his latest peace-through-bombs initiative last week — joining ongoing U.S. conflicts and proxy wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia — by declaring he could not “stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy, and … where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government.”

read the full commentary, by Medea Benjamin & Charles Davis @

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Gene Berkman

Owner of Renaissance Books in Riverside, CA. Longtime activist in The Libertarian Movement

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  1. “In Yemen, which has received more than $300 million in military aid from the U.S. over the last five years, the Obama administration continues to support corrupt thug and president-for-life Ali Abdullah Saleh, who recently ordered a massacre of more than 50 of his own citizens who dared protest his rule. And this support has allowed the U.S. can(?to) carry out its own massacres under the auspices of the war on terror, with one American bombing raid last year taking out 41 Yemeni civilians, including 14 women and 21 children, according to Amnesty International.”

    me-For you who don’t click the link and read the entire story. What the hades are we (U.S.Taxpayer) doing giving Yemen $300 million, we borrowed, for military aid. Please Impeach the baby Killers soon!

    There are enough resources under U.S. soil now to last us (U.S. citizens) 500 years at current consumption levels (see the Pastor to the Elites site for the story). To hades with Forced aid to Arabs, or anyone else ! The Truth is 73% of Americans Agree To END ALL FOREIGN AID:

    Stop All Wars Now and All *Forced Foreign Aid!
    *A free human should be allowed to send aid (money or other) to whomever they independently choose, but never by the use of forced taxation against their wishes have money taken from them and sent to anyone by a corrupt bankrupt government !

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