Feb. l3, 2009 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (BIP)


The Economic Cost
of the Military Industrial Complex!
 
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children."

      These are the words of Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II, in his farewell address to the nation in l96l.

     The United States... currently spends more on military than the next 45 highest spending countries in the world combined. The U.S. accounts for 48% of the world’s total military spending....  According to the Defense Department’s latest "Personnel Strengths" report, the United States now has troops stationed in 147 countries and 10 territories...

     President Eisenhower’s final words are the most chilling. "In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

     War and non-stop conflict benefit the military industrial complex... It appears that the biggest winners of the War on Terror are the CEOs of the war contractors...  If as a country we continue to allow our politicians and their military industrial complex corporate sponsors to spend $700+ billion per year on weapons, to the detriment of higher education, alternative energy projects, and national infrastructure needs, we will be paying an extremely high price...


See full article by James Quinn
 http://seekingalpha.com/article/90742-the-economic-cost-of-the-military-industrial-complex?source=d_email
Stop the Wars!
Cut Off the War Funds!  Cut the Military Budget!
Fund Human Needs!


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.
 Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net  http://www.malu-aina.org
 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (Feb. l3, 2009 - 387th week) - Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office
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Jim Albertini

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action

P.O.Box AB

Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760

phone: 808-966-7622

email: JA@interpac.net

Visit us on the web at: www.malu-aina.org

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