“In war, truth is the first casualty.” – Aeschylus, Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC – 456 BC).

“Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true, or not quite so bad as it was made out.

Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t quite so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, and even a determination to cling to the first story for the sheer pleasure of thinking your enemies are as bad as possible? If it is the second then it is, I am afraid, the first step in a process which, if followed to the end, will make us into devils.

You see, one is beginning to wish that black was a little blacker. If we give that wish its head, later on we shall wish to see grey as black, and then to see white itself as black. Finally we shall insist on seeing everything — God and our friends and ourselves included — as bad, and not be able to stop doing it: we shall be fixed for ever in a universe of pure hatred.” – CS Lewis

A universe of pure hatred… Can we not take part in its creation? Stand for truth but guard your hearts. The insidious venom of bitter hatred kills you first, and turns you into The Thing you hated. – The Love Culture

Check out:

“Lies Which Soldiers Kill and Die For.”

 

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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While the world is at war, guard your heart. Hold on to what is true, even as you get a firmer grasp on reality. Gather the Evidence of Love and keep it in view.

Keep your eyes wide open as we’re bombarded with news of war everyday. But guard your heart. The world can do with one less person filled with reasons to annihilate one another.

Hold on to what is true, even as you get a firmer grasp on reality. Make a conscious effort to gather the Evidence of Love you have seen with your own eyes and felt in your own heart, when you travelled the world, and while growing up in your country. Hold it up high and clear and keep it in plain sight, even as you keep up with the media’s daily war drums.

The hornet’s nest is being stirred with an agenda.

Don’t be caught up in the hate.

For every thing we accuse another country / race / religion of, we have been guilty of the same in different ways, in a different time.

The rules of the game has not changed since the beginning of time.

It seems like with every turn of the century, the beast in every race is allowed to bare its ugly fangs, even if for just a while. Perhaps it’s to remind us we are more alike, than unalike. 

Animals kill to survive.

Humans kill each other in the guise of surviving, in the name of ‘truth’, for the ‘love of god’. As we know, it’s for the love of money and power.

Don’t let them profit from the monstrosity of hate.

Don’t let them profit from a war you don’t want.

If you must boycott something, boycott greed!

The war we should also pay attention to is the war within ourselves.

Deep within, we seek not to harm our neighbours. But when we’re in a hurt mode, hurt is what we generate all around.

Begin by tearing down our own walls and barriers built over the years, against love. Before demanding another country / race / religion to apologise to another, begin with the person next to you, the one you find the hardest to say sorry to.

How many loved ones have we blasted in mid-air during a heated conflict?

How many ‘targeted drone strikes’ have we sent through our own vitriolic exchanges on online media?

How many holier-than-thou wars have we fought with our own flesh and blood when we’re caught up in self-righteous indignation?

How many ceasefire have we rejected when a relationship turns sour?

The world is going mad, but the madness is closer home than we think.

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat.

Love,

Mish.

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“Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.”- Swedish Proverb

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War Through The Eyes Of A Soldier

“These were people. These were human beings.

I’ve since been plagued by guilt anytime I see an elderly man like the one who couldn’t walk, who we rolled onto a stretcher and told the Iraqi police to take him away.

I feel guilt anytime I see a mother with her children like the one who cried hysterically and screamed that we were worst than Saddam as we forced her from her home.

I feel guilt anytime I see a young girl like the one I grabbed by the arm and dragged into the street.

We are told we are fighting terrorists. The real terrorist was me and the real terrorism is this occupation.

…Without racism soldiers would realize that they have more in common with the Iraqi people than they do with the billionaires who send us to war.

I threw families onto the street in Iraq only to come home and find families thrown onto the street in this country in this tragic, tragic and unnecessary foreclosure crisis.

We need to wake up and realize that our real enemies are not in some distant land and not people whose names we don’t know and cultures we don’t understand.

The enemy is people we know very well and people we can identify. The enemy is a system that wages war when it’s profitable.

…Our enemy is not 5,000 miles away.  They are right here at home.

Short excerpt of speech by US Army Iraq War Veteran Mike Prysner.  Watch the full length speech and wake up to the truth.

Peace on earth.

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Mike joined the US Army when he was 17, between his junior and senior years in high school. He left for basic training in June 2001 and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, NY. In March 2003, his company was attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade to take part in the initial invasion of Iraq.

“I left this Army with a new understanding of the system under which we all live and the nature of US foreign policy. But, I still had the same drive to fight for freedom, justice and equality as I did when I joined and I understood that fighting for those things meant fighting against the US government, not on behalf of it.”

Upon separating from the US Army in 2005, Mike became an active organizer with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), mobilizing for mass anti-war demonstrations. In 2009, he and other veterans and active-duty troops formed the organization, March Forward! to build the anti-war and social justice movement within the military and among veterans.

He can be reached at www.MarchForward.org

Iraq Veterans Against War http://ivaw.org/