Today I’m privileged to have two leaders in the international movement for justice and peace. And how do we know who are the leaders? Well, certainly not by purchased elections, rather by the fruits of their lives which produce a nonviolent peaceforce and a serious movement to end all war. So, today I want to introduce the elder, David Hartsough, and David is the Executive Director of Peaceworkers based in San Francisco and Co-Founder of Nonviolent Peaceforce which has a mission to promote, develop and implement unarmed civilian peacekeeping as a tool for reducing violence and protecting civilians in situations of violent conflict. David has been arrested for nonviolent action over a hundred times, most recently for protesting the build-up of war with Iran.
David Swanson is a long time activist, organizer, author and educator. His books include War Is A Lie (2010), When the World Outlawed War (2011), and The Military Industrial Complex at 50 (2012). His most recent book is entitled, “War No More: The Case for Abolition” (2013). David is the host of Talk Nation Radio and blogs at www.davidswanson.org and www.warisacrime.org. David also works as Campaign Coordinator for the online activist organization Roots Action and is on the communications committee of Veterans For Peace. I want to say that Veterans for Peace, of which I’m a member, is dedicated to abolishing war. And also, David Swanson is currently Secretary of Peace in the Green Shadow Cabinet.
Welcome to both of you and David Hartsough, as the elder, would you like to tell us something about ending all war? And this document, I must say David, has been read twice in its entirety on this program, following an interview with Oliver Stone where he expressed his thoughts on this matter, as well.
The listeners at this time should have this document memorized and we’ll have a test on that on Monday morning but in the meantime, would you care to comment on ending all wars?
David H: Well, I think that the time has come to end all wars. The world is suffering from wars, 180 million people died in the last century, and 80-90% of the people dying in wars are now civilians, including children. We, in the United States, know the terrible cost of wars. All our cities, states, counties as well as the federal government, are making horrendous cuts to social programs that meet human and environmental needs, so we can fight these wars and have military bases around the world and develop more nuclear weapons. I think the immorality of war – I think wars are counter-productive. We’ve been spending trillions of dollars on militarism and wars and we’re no safer than we were before.