“Most honest combat vets will tell you, perhaps not eloquently but in their own way, the same thing: essentially that combat is in our human DNA and demands to be exercised.... The question is, can we humans evolve peacefully, or will we succumb to instincts we can’t transcend?”Former Marine Corp helicopter pilot in Vietnam
In today’s world there is conflict the world over – at home, at school, in offices, among nations. There are ongoing attempts to stop the fighting, stop battles, and stop wars, yet they still go on. What creates this conflict? What is its origin?
Is it possible that we are genetically hardwired for war?
Is this what prevents peace?
“Surely, the Complete Peace Trilogy Books are a very significant contribution to peace. These editions are the most worthy practice-oriented guides in peace studies among the numerous intellectual works in peacebuilding. These are the most efficient models for rapprochement and reconciliation of cultures and people. These books are the best way to learn how to live peacefully without violence and war.”Dr. Vladimir Ionesov,
Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Professor, Samara State Institute of Culture,
Chairperson, Samara Society for Cultural Studies, Samara, Russia
From the US Veterans For Peace
We are tired of parades, memorials, and pageantry.
Take back your “thank you for your service” and 50% off sales.
We want people to live without threats of U.S. bullets and bombs.
We remember the enormous loss of civilian life that is forgotten in today’s memorials and hidden from view in the U.S. consciousness. America has no space on its calendar to memorialize these victims.
We grieve the loss of friends and the death of veterans unable to forget the tragedies and forgive themselves.
We are ANGRY that there is a holiday that glorifies nationalism and patriotism and ignores the trauma that U.S. militarism enacts all over the globe.
We are filled with rage as we continue to watch the empty political platitudes from the two largest political parties praising soldiers and veterans as they continue to send them off to wars that line the pockets of the rich.
We are frustrated that mainstream media and popular culture glorifies U.S. militarism.
We are exhausted from nightmares of our participation and the images of ongoing trauma from a system of violence we once propped up. We live with the wounds of our moral injuries, scabs that we can’t let heal for fear we’d recreate the injury.
On Memorial Day we don’t want to remember, and we are afraid we will forget.