Let's Educate for Peace
War is a horrible prospect for anyone. An unrighteous war, a mechanized war, a war of bombs and environmental degradation is hell from near or far, any way you look at it.
This year, to commemorate all those who have died in the savagery of numerous conflicts and to remember the millions who are today suffering in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya and elsewhere, I am taking orders for a brilliant, illustrated history book that describes the bloody-minded folly of those who create needless wars.
"Addicted to War" is a highly readable and carefully documented 74-page journey through the recent history of war with a focus on America's violent history and the military-industrial complex in the US. It is endorsed by Veterans for Peace and many thoughtful people.
Joel Andreas's book concludes with a thoughtful chapter "Resisting Militarism" on inspiring role models and effective strategies in opposing the war machine.
"Addicted to War" is a great text for teachers and a wonderful consciousness-raising gift for friends and family, twelve years of age and up. You can sample the 2004 edition here.