Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Addicted to Militarism: Israel and the U.S.

Robert Scheer writes about Israel’s addiction to the drug of militarism here: http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0802-20.htm It’s true enough and is fueling the current crises in Gaza and Lebanon, although Scheer fails to mention that Israel’s enemies seem equally addicted to violence–in a spiral of mutually reinforcing addiction. But the real enabler of Israel’s addiction is her supplier, the U.S.A. According to Ru Freeman, the U.S. gives $ 15,139, 178 per day to the Israeli military. (See http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0803-24.htm ). And, as with many suppliers of drugs, we are at least as addicted to militarism as Israel, as Dwight David Eisenhower warned (http://coursesa.matrix.msu.edu/~hst306/documents/indust.html ) so many years ago.

Is there a Betty Ford clinic for nations addicted to militarism? Maybe a 5-step program, a War-Mongers Anonymous? Hmm. The first step is to recognize a problem. Can we in the U.S. and Israel recognize our addiction–always seeking military solutions first to any problem–can we recognize we are sick? Can the world survive until we get better? Maybe the world is seeking an Al-Anon: Living with powerful nations like Israel and its supplier the U.S., militarism addicts?

Dear God, you are the only Higher Power who can deliver us now. Come to us in compassion and heal us, we pray.


August 4, 2006 - Posted by | Israel, peacemaking, U.S. politics

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