28. WAR WATCH WEDNESDAYS, JUNE 30, 2021
Prevent Wars, Block US Aggression: Pass HR 256.
Defend Critical Media and Denounce US Censorship and Hypocrisy.
Roots of US Colonialism and Empire: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and David Vine books reviewed by Michael E. Tigar
10:51 AM (1 hour ago)
Dick — It was just 18 months ago when Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani, bringing Iran and the United States to the brink of a catastrophic war.
The claimed legal authority to do so? An 18-year-old law authorizing the invasion of Iraq. What have these two things got to do with each other? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Presidents and the Pentagon have refused to let go of the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) for years. That’s why what’s happening now is a big deal:
Last week, the House voted to repeal the 2002 AUMF, and President Biden has said he’s on board. Now, if the Senate agrees, we will finally tear this endless war law off the books — and we have a secret weapon up our sleeves.
The Senate is famously divided right now, but we’ve worked for years building bipartisan coalitions across Congress. In fact, the House bill to repeal the 2002 AUMF, H.R. 256, had 49 Republican votes. This is a fight we can WIN.
That’s why our team is working quietly in the corridors of the U.S. Capitol and loudly in the streets to win bipartisan Senate support to put this repeal on President Biden’s desk — and you can help.
. . .Seven years ago, we named our goal to build a progressive foreign policy focused on justice, safety, equity, and peace in a visionary campaign: END ENDLESS WAR.
The debate about our nation’s post-9/11 wars has never been the same. That’s why we are SO close to achieving this incredible milestone — and we can if we tip the dominoes in motion and repeal the 2002 AUMF now, and then move on to getting rid of the rest of the endless war laws on the books.
Thank you for working for peace,
Michael, Sara, Amisha, and the Win Without War team
US Shutting Down Opponents’ Press
U.S. Gov’t Seizes PressTV.com and Other Websites Linked to Iran. HEADLINE JUN 23, 2021
The United States government has seized dozens of website domains linked to Iran, including state-owned PressTV.com, a popular English-language news site. They also shut down Yemeni and Iraqi channels. Journalist and news host Rania Khalek tweeted, “If a country did this to US media outlets it would be seen as an act of war.”
.” Monthly Review (June 2021). Review of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States (2015) and David Vine, The United States of War: A Global History of America’s Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State (2021).
We who are engaged in the struggle for change might ask: “Through what lens of refraction is the evidence of events recalled and related?” If we are to resist the genocidal use of military force, and to oppose the environmental depredation that follows in its wake, we need to see the roots and laws of motion of colonialism and empire |