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Martin Luther King, Jr.: "I have a dream...to go to war?!"

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  • A Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.
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  • The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

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The Pentagon sank to a new low this week(Jan 12-18) in their attempt to sell the Afghanistan War to the American people. At their Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance, a Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.

This is simply not true. As shown in our new video, Dr. King could not have been more clear in his 1967 speech denouncing the Vietnam War:

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"A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, "This way of settling differences is not just. …A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

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More than 10,000 people died in the Afghanistan War last year alone. This year, the government plans to spend $107 billion on the war. We believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would repeat his admonition to U.S. policymakers on their responsibility:

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“I speak as one who loves America...The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”

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Martin Luther King, Jr., was a national hero who called on us to have the moral courage to stop another war that wasn’t making us safer and that wasn’t worth the cost. Help us fight the Pentagon lies. Spread the truth by sharing this video with your family and friends.

Sincerely,

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The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mark Engler, Dissent Magazine

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  • First Glenn Beck tries to claim MLK; now the Pentagon?! This has gone too far.
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  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
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  • Approaching Spiritual Death
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The Misuse of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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  • First Glenn Beck tries to claim MLK; now the Pentagon?! This has gone too far.
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  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence
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  • Approaching Spiritual Death
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Mark Engler, Dissent Magazine

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You might remember Martin Luther King, Jr. as someone who railed against the triple evils of “racism, materialism, and militarism.” But according to Obama’s Department of Defense, “today’s wars are not out of line with the iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner’s teachings.”

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This contention is advanced in an article by the American Forces Press Service, which the Pentagon is distributing for republication. CommonDreams did republish it—as an example of government shamelessness, correctly noting that you “can’t make this stuff up.”

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Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence, Rev. Martin Luther King

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Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

Duty to Warn:  Approaching Spiritual Death, Gary Kohls, Evergreene Digest
Is it Too Late to Mend America’s Dying Soul?
http://evergreenedigest.org/content/duty-warn-approaching-spiritual-death

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The Deafening Silence About the War in the Deficit Debate

It is this type of corporate welfare system, along with periodic bank bailouts and tax cuts for the super-rich, which suits the two political parties just fine. Welfare for the truly needy, however, is generally abhorrent to them, and thus the limited nature of the current debate about the federal deficit.

Dan Kovalik, Huffington Post

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There is a lot of talk right now on Capitol Hill about the need to balance the federal budget. Sadly, both Democrats and Republicans alike are largely debating about how best to balance the budget upon the backs of the poor and working people (who are many times the very same people) and the elderly. First and foremost on the chopping block appears to be Social Security and Medicare -- the lifeline for millions of seniors in this country and the only hope for any sort of retirement for the vast majority of people in this country.

Meanwhile, belying any real interest in balancing the budget, the extension of unemployment benefits for millions of people out of work through no fault of their own is being made contingent upon tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans.

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Gandhi is Too often Ignored by American Resisters

I have been disappointed in the assertion that exercising one's first amendment right is a reason one should not be found guilty of a regulation one violated as part of an open civil arrest. It seems weak to assert one should not be prosecuted for being part of a public protest expected to involve arrest.

David Slesinger, Op Ed News

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During the preparation the night before the  Veterans for Peace arrests  on Thursday (December 16), I raised the accusation that the  American peace movement  suppresses discussion of Gandhi's approach to resistance. During the evaluation on Friday, some opposition to such discussion came forward. Nevertheless, VFP president Mike Ferner assured me after the meeting that discussion of Gandhi would occur at a later VFP event.

Allow me here to discuss in greater detail why I hold that Gandhi's approach to resistance has more potential power than civil resistance .

Advocates of civil resistance are welcome to take issue with my following characterization. The goal of civil resistance is to have the legal process acknowledge that the criminals are in power and the protesters are more deserving of honor than being in jail. I have heard of it succeeding at times. I certainly admire and support any non hateful and non frightening arrest against war and injustice.

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Case dismissed; your tax dollars at work – or not, Linda LeTendre, Schenectady Daily Gazette | NY

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  • One woman fighting for peace--and tweaking a few Feds in the process.
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  • Gandhi is Too often Ignored by American Resisters
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