May 25, 2007 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

We're # 1!

U.S. Takes Gold in Arms Olympics

By Frida Berrigan


     They don't call us the sole superpower for nothing…  Face it, the United States

 is a proud nation of firsts.   Among them:


First in Military Expenditures: a grand total of $647 billion for 2008."


First in Weapons Sales: $21 billion in 2006. 


First in Sales of Surface-to-Air Missiles:  First in Sales of Military Ships:

First in Military Training: A thoughtful empire knows that it is not enough to send weapons; you have to teach people how to use them. The Pentagon plans on training the militaries of 138 nations in 2008…

First in Private Military Personnel: …there are at least 126,000 private military personnel deployed alongside uniformed military personnel in Iraq alone. 

Other firsts for the U.S. include:

First in Oil Consumption: The United States burns up 20.7 million barrels per day, the equivalent of the oil consumption of China, Japan, Germany, Russia, and India combined.

First in Carbon Dioxide Emissions: Each year, world polluters pump 24,126,416,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the environment. The United States and its territories are responsible for 5.8 billion metric tons of this, more than China (3.3 billion), Russia (1.4 billion) and India (1.2 billion) combined.

But ARMS are our real gold-medal event… maybe we have to stop thinking about the export of fighter planes and precision-guided missiles as if they were so many widgets and start thinking about them in another language entirely -- the language of drugs.

After all, what does a drug dealer do? He creates a need and then fills it. He encourages an appetite or (even more lucratively) an addiction and then feeds it.

Arms dealers do the same thing….  We don't need stronger arms control laws, we need a global sobriety coach -- and some kind of 12-step program for the dealer-nation as well.


    United States of America Anonymous!

Join USAA -- Become a recovering American – a non-violent war- resister! 


End the War!  Not one more death! Not one more dollar!

Bring the troops home now!

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.

Hilo Peace Vigil (May 25, 2007 – 297th week) –Friday 3:30 - 5PM downtown Post Office.


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