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In 1983, Barack Obama wrote a nice little article headlined “Breaking The War Mentality" for Columbia University’s weekly magazine Sundial about a couple of campus organizations including Students Against Militarism. I was one of the original SAM members who originally worked against Jimmy Carter’s draft registration law.
Can you believe Obama wrote this?
Generally, the narrow focus of the Freeze movement as well as academic discussions of first versus second strike capabilities, suit the military-industrial interests, as they continue playing with their billion dollar erector sets. When Peter Tosh sings that “everybody’s asking for peace, but nobody’s asking for justice,” one is forced to wonder whether disarmament or arms control issues, severed from economic and political issues, might be another instance of focusing on the symptoms of a problem instead of the disease itself.
The single best thing so far in this entire dismal 2012 campaign is Anna Wintour saying “slash” as she gives the web address to donate for a chance to attend her June 14 fundraiser with Sarah Jessica Parker and President and Mrs. Obama, followed by a private Mariah Carey concert. The deadline is today so don’t be late!