Satyagraha

Cultural Psychology

Open Letter to US Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA): Stop Inciting War in the Ukraine

with 3 comments

23 March 2015

Dear Representative Capps:

I am disappointed that you voted ‘yea’ last Friday on the House resolution calling on President Obama to provide military assistance to the Ukraine:

  1. It is widely reported, plausible, and probably true that the US, via the CIA, helped instigate the crisis in the first place, actively seeking to separate the Ukraine from the Russian orbit.
  1. It is further common knowledge that Germany, for its economic gain, is also responsible for instigating the crisis.
  1. The text of the resolution is fallacious. It implies that whereas a “prosperous Ukraine” is “in the national interest of the United States” that we have some right — if not indeed a moral obligation — to supply military assistance to the Ukraine. Such reasoning is worthy of Machiavelli: it assumes without question that we have a right to make war merely for the sake of promoting our national interest — rather than, as our Founders wished, only to protect our national *security* interests. It is also fallacious to assert that our unquestioned goal should be to help other countries be prosperous — as though material wealth were the purpose of human existence, and that higher values (like peace and friendship) are not our true goals.
  1. It overlooks the potentially reasonable position that the Ukraine itself is ethnically divided, with the eastern Ukraine being more culturally Russian, and therefore having a valid wish to remain within the Russian sphere.
  1. We have had enough war, and enough of shipping arms around the world!
  1. When will the Congress recognize that it is not only possible, but better to cultivate peace rather than to pursue war?

John Uebersax

San Luis Obispo

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Written by John Uebersax

March 24, 2015 at 3:54 pm

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  1. Why is there war ?
    Mankind has advanced an impressive list of accomplishments in the areas of science and technology : Invented the internet, tv, telephone, microscope, hubble space telescope, vaccines that wipe out diseases, put a man on the moon. When it comes to perfecting our relationships with people we continue to create more efficient ways of killing each other just like we did thousands of years ago. Not much progress in this area. In Mathew The Bible lists “Love your neighbor as yourself ” as the second most important commandment but we don’t do that. Instead we launch pre-emptive strikes against terror suspects from 1000 miles away without so much as shaking their hand or attempting to get to know them better. Why do we do that?

    We have invented the automobile, and now the electric car, solar panels, wind generators, fuel cells, but we are still killing each other. Why?

    Are we not able to develop better parenting skills that would teach love and cooperation instead of hate and competition?

    Gary Amstutz

    March 24, 2015 at 5:03 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Libertarian Hippie.

    Thomas Hill

    March 24, 2015 at 5:50 pm


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