April 20, 2007 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Earth Day:

Stopping War

On the Planet!

 

     Our earth and its life support systems are in revolt against centuries of relentless environmental pollution and the U.S. is the world's leading polluter.  What we need today is a major about-face by citizens of industrialized nations, ending our addiction to consumer life-styles that are killing the planet and ourselves.

 

     In an age of global warming, consider the irony of "fighting for oil" as stated nearly 30 years ago:  "The pentagon (U.S. Military) is the leading energy consumer in the United States, using more energy annually than all but 21 of the world's nations.  Over two-thirds of its energy is supplied by oil, an unusually high proportion, and almost all of this (81%) is burned up in aircraft and ship operations.  Any significant increase in U.S. flying or steaming time thus eats up enormous amounts of petroleum, and the recent intensification on military activity in the Persian Gulf area can be accurately summarized as depleting our oil resources in order to save them.  In a conventional war for oilfields, the U.S. would probably consume more petroleum than victory would bring."  (Source: Center for Defense Information, 'The Oil Crisis: Is there a Military Option?' The defense Monitor December 1979, pp. 6-7)

 

     A nuclear war for oil (remember that 'all options are on the table') would be a far greater disaster.  It would bring unprecedented death and destruction.  And there is growing evidence that the U.S. use of Depleted uranium (DU) armor piercing weapons in Iraq and Afghanistan is causing widespread radioactive contamination and health problems to civilian and military troops from inhaling small DU particles.

 

     The head of the UN Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, Hans Blix, has said that the US should stop proliferating nuclear weapons.   Blix said that if the US genuinely wants to prevent the proliferation of other nation's nuclear programs, it should present itself as a role model and "completely" halt the development of its nuclear arms.  Blix described as "demeaning" the (U.S.) pre-conditions set on Iran for the resumption of nuclear talks with the Islamic Republic…  He likened the UN Security Council members to fathers who smoke but who prohibit their children from smoking.  Countries, like people, need to lead by example – to walk their talk.

 

    United States of America Anonymous!

Join USAA -- Become a recovering American – a war and consumer resister! 

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties. 4. Oppose all discrimination: anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, etc. 5. Seek peace through justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

 

Public Forum: Impeach Bush & Cheney? 7-9 PM Monday, April 23, 2007

Kea`au Community Center (Behind the Kea`au police station & Bay Clinic)

 

Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB `Ola`a (Kurtistown),

Hawai`i   96760. Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net   http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil (April 20, 2007 – 292nd week) –Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office.

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