Christopher Hedges, War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, New York: Public Affairs, 2002, 13.
Genocide Watch 12 countries at high risk 66 at moderate risk http://www.genocidewatch.org
Iraq War Casualties 4,379 US troops killed 31,669 US troops wounded 140 journalists killed 600,000 Iraqi civilians killed (est.) 50,000 Iraqi insurgents killed (est.) From About.com: http://usliberals.about.com/od/homelandsecurit1/a/IraqNumbers.htm
Environmental and Human Destruction One and a half acres of rainforest are lost everyday 137 species of animals, plants, and insects lost everyday due to rainforest destruction (50,000/year) 10,000,000 Indians lived in the rainforest 5 centuries ago Today, only 200,000 remain Rainforest Facts: http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm
“Brutalities such as slavery, cruel punishment, abuse of young children, corporal mutilation remain reprehensible, yet find acceptance in the body politic and may even be incorporated into its law. Though ‘war is normal’ shocks our morality and wounds our idealism, it stands solidly as a statement of fact.” James Hillman, A Terrible Love of War, New York: Penguin Books, 2005, p. 21.
The Seville Statement "It is scientifically incorrect to say that we have inherited a tendency to make war from our animal ancestors." "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war or any other violent behaviour is genetically programmed into our human nature." "It is scientifically incorrect to say that in the course of human evolution there has been a selection for aggressive behaviour more than for other kinds of behaviour." "It is scientifically incorrect to say that humans have a 'violent brain'." "It is scientifically incorrect to say that war is caused by 'instinct' or any single motivation."
“We conclude that biology does not condemn humanity to war, and that huumanity can be freed from the bondage of biological pessimism and empowered with confidence to undertake the transformative tasks needed….Although these tasks are mainly institutional and collective, they also rest upon the consciousness of individual participants for whom pessimism and optimism are crucial factors. Just as wars begin in the ‘minds of men’, peace also begins in our minds. The same species who invented war is capable of inventing peace. The responsibility lies with each of us.” The Seville Statement, 16 November 1989, UNESCO
The journey Marta Sanchez, “Embracing Hope” The Art of Surviving http://www.artofsurviving.org “This piece was meant to affirm that no one can contain, destroy or restrain the human spirit. It is an assertion of presence and a celebration of survival.” Marta Sanchez, “Embracing Hope” The Art of Surviving http://www.artofsurviving.org
The Peacekeepers M.K. Gandhi: lawyer Martin Luther King, Jr.(1964): minister Mohammed ElBaradei (2005): international law Lech Walesa (1983): electrician
“We must become the change we want to see in the world.” M.K. Gandhi