I’d like to wish you all Happy Independence Day. We see that the Nation Magazine edition of July this year recalls one of their magazines back in 1979 when Carrie McWilliams asked Mohammad Ali to run for congress. And he thanked the nation and thanked Carrie McWilliams, but he said: “I aint interested in politics, I mean, like running for office. I’m a world man. My fellow man is not just an American, and my race is the human race. I’m shook up when I see a child who is going hungry or a mother who needs medical attention. These are the things I’m interested in. And of course Peace. Peace for all men and women and all nations at all times.” That’s our prophet, Mohammad Ali, 1979. When will we ever learn.
So the fireworks might remind us that we’re celebrating a revolution. Let us also be reminded of our perpetual war. My dog doesn’t like fireworks, and neither do I. It seems like someone is trying to tell us that jingoism and out of control militarism makes successful policy. There is no success. There’s only massive death of innocent people. Friends, we’ve gone now from calling the innocents “collateral damage” to “enemy killed in action.” They suddenly become the enemy in our drone murders. The president lines people up to be murdered every week, no trial, no jury, no judge. No executioner is present – the buttons are pushed in New Mexico or Arizona. They don’t even know if the enemy they’re killing is the enemy. So the come up with new jargon – EKIA, enemy killed in action. That’s for a three year old child who is killed by drone. This has to stop, friends. This cannot continue. There’s no success in this. The blowback will continue until we stop the terror. Together with Mohammad Ali, we must extend our friendship to everyone on this tiny planet. As you know, it’s a one cylinder planet. It lives because of the sun, air, water, soil, the sun’s rays make our common home inhabitable. We will lose this dwelling place for all life if we continue on the path we’re on.
In binding our interests to one national piece of real estate is entirely mindless in 2016. If there is to be a future, it will be one of internationalism and interdependence. (Read More)