Major General Smedley Butler joined the Marine Corps when the Spanish American War broke out, earned the Brevette Medal during the Boxer Rebellion in China, saw action in Central America, and in France during World War I was promoted to Major General. Smedley Butler served his country for 34 years, yet he spoke against American armed intervention into the affairs of sovereign nations.
Emerald City, to the casual observer, projects nothing but grace and splendor but hiding around the corners are unwelcome offenders.
They sleep under overpasses and hide in doorways.
They’re always on the move, not because they want to, but because they’re told to.
For a few brief moments, let’s suspend what happened in our country after 9/11 and think about how things could have been so completely different if our country had taken a different direction.
Imagine if we had not entered into war with Iraq and Afghanistan how different our country and the world would be today. Imagine if, as a nation, we paused after 9/11 and decided not to retaliate but instead brought the entire issue before the world of nations and sought a solution that did not involve violent retaliation against other people.
Imagine the goodwill and gratitude that our country would have garnered as a result of making a commitment to peace rather than violence.