This video from the USA says about itself:
ANTIWAR PROTEST IN NEW YORK: Half a million protesters
Half a million protesters against the impending war against Iraq in New York City on Fébruary 15 2003. More than 10 millions demonstrate in the entire world on that International Day against the war.
By Seraphine Collins in the USA:
“War means the people are losing”
Wayne State University students and workers speak out against war
19 September 2014
As the US military launches an open-ended war in Iraq and Syria, a broad section of workers and young people say they feel deeply opposed to war, but their views find no reflection in official politics.
“War is about money, money, money!” Janice Anderson, a liberal arts student at Wayne State University, told an International Youth and Students for Social Equality campaign team at Wayne State University Wednesday.
“There’s plenty of money for war, they say, but none for education,” Anderson added, “I’ve never been this poor. I’m 70 years old, but I’m going to college in order to get another job. I have to work two part time jobs, go to school, and spend 3 or 400 dollars for books that don’t get opened half the time. And they keep taking money away from the education system.”
“Instead of going to war we should be putting money into education and infrastructure, said Joe Fletcher, a Vietnam war veteran and Wayne State University maintenance worker.
“Over the summer we had highways that turned into rivers because of some rain: they have plenty of money to drop bombs on other countries, but they won’t put money into infrastructure. War means the people are losing.”
Anna Gibson, a journalism student, noted the parallel between the drive to war and the attack on democratic rights in the US. “Look at what happened in Ferguson: that wasn’t just a race issue, it was also a class issue. There is so much poverty in the US.”
Jennifer Gray, a social work major, said, “Look at the billions of dollars being sent to fight senseless wars when you’ve got people at home suffering financially. People can’t afford healthcare and you’re going to send money to fight a war in the name of power and control?
“If justice were being served in the US you wouldn’t need the national guard in Ferguson,” she said. I need public assistance for the first time in my life and they’re telling me I don’t qualify because I don’t have any minor children, and I’m still too young to collect social security.”
“I was of age during Vietnam. I opposed it and didn’t fight,” said Ken, a 63-year-old musician, “You don’t see protests like you used to. I think it’s great that you guys are out here,” he told the IYSSE campaigners. “You should keep doing what you’re doing.”
“I don’t think we should be involved in another war,” said DJ, a library monitor at Wayne State University. Our government actually trained and funded Bin Laden. I wonder what the case is with this ISIS group. Where did they really come from?”
A student, who asked to remain anonymous, said “The US government created ISIS; the military-industrial complex created ISIS, and profited from it.”
“Rich people want to wage wars to steal resources, but the rich won’t go to war themselves; that’s what they use the poor for. And what better way is there to get poor people to go fight some war that has nothing to do with them than to put up a propaganda video, like the beheadings of the journalists, in order to get them to think it’s in their interest to fight in these wars?
“Ask any soldier what they were there doing in Afghanistan or Iraq,” he said. “They’ll tell you they stood around guarding oil fields. They weren’t protecting anyone’s freedoms.”
DAVID WOOD: A HARDER AIR WAR: “It’s worth remembering these days — as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria — that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground. And that the effects of air campaigns diminish over time, as the Germans discovered when their intense bombing of London in 1940 failed to break Britain’s will. Shock and awe are short-lived.” [HuffPost]
In a series of statements contradicting the president’s vow of no new “ground war” in Iraq, the Pentagon’s top brass has come close to insubordination: here.
USA: According to former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, boots on the ground are needed to fully defeat ISIS in Syria. [NYT]
France bombs ISIS targets in Iraq: here.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint session of the United States Congress on Thursday morning, calling for increased military assistance from the United States to defeat the pro-Russian separatist movement in the east: here.