Imagine if…

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.

Imagine, no endless grieving on the part of the families of 6000 lives lost and no elaborate memorials being erected in memory of them.

Yet this opportunity slipped out from under us .A moment in history that, if pursued differently, would have changed the whole dynamics of our lives not only in this country but throughout the world.

Imagine if we had not spent over a trillion dollars to wage wars thousands of miles from our shores that in no way challenged the security of our country. This money could have been used wisely to satisfy so many of the serious issues that exist in our country and cry out for attention.

Imagine if we had more than enough money to administer one of the best educational systems in the world. A system that would fully engage all our teachers as opposed to the current situation of firing teachers and virtually eliminating most of the enrichment programs that past experience tells us can have a profound effect on enriching a child’s overall educational experience. A gift that experience tells us will follow a child for a lifetime.

Imagine being able to provide food, clothing and shelter for every homeless person in the United States, which in turn would enable them to start life anew and become, once again, productive citizens. For the record, San Diego County has a homeless population of 9000 people of which approximately 3000 are veterans. Instead of helping the homeless, Congress has recently passed a stand alone Veterans Affairs Budget that will strip away Six Billion Dollars in funding for our veterans.

What Happened?

Look at the deplorable condition of the infrastructure in our county. Roadways and bridges are literally falling down upon us and our government tells us that we don’t have the money to take action to fix them. This is not true. We have the money but we have consistently misused the money.

In other words a disproportionate amount of this countries wealth is being squandered on wars and the military industrial complex resulting in an almost total neglect of the needs and expectations of our country and its citizens.

In spite of the billions spent on war, the young people that must put themselves in harms way are consistently neglected by our government.

Bob Herbert, a columnist for the New York Times said it best:

“I would bring back the draft in a heart beat. Then you wouldn’t have these wars that last a lifetime and you wouldn’t get mind bending tragedies like the death of Sgt. First Class Lance Vogeler, a 29 year old that was killed a few weeks ago while serving in the army in his 12th.combat tour. That’s right his 12th tour in Iraq”.

To allow this to happen to even one soldier is unconscionable. Our military saw fit to codify this mistreatment calling it “Stop Loss” and subjected more than just Sgt. First Class Lance Vogeler to this inhumane treatment.

However, I still believe that there are no problems in our country that are unsolvable if enough people “get involved”.

Imagine if just a small amount of people were totally dedicated to making a profound difference. If as little as 3 to 5 % of the American population rose up against the injustices in our country it would have the force of a tidal wave and our government would be forced to listen and make the changes necessary to bring back some sanity in the governing of our country.

By Jack Doxey
Veterans For Peace
San Diego Chapter 91

Comments

Barry D. Ladendorf
Reply

Jack great article. You describe the path we as a nation should have taken.

William Davis
Reply

Hello ;

Ever since 9-11 I have said that MAYBE !! our Government ALLOWED ! the so called Terrorists to Fly those Planes into New York City and more .

WHY ???

BECAUSE our Government wanted any type of EXCUSE to Invade IRAN , and IRAQ , Etc. Etc.

So they BLAME who they needed to Blame and let things happen on PURPOSE !! so Thousands of people would be killed and then the AMERICAN people would SCREAM ! go Kill Iran !!

Why do I say this , ??

BECAUSE !! HOW can any PLANES be ALLOWED into New York CITY when we have the BEST !!! RADAR System in the World Surrounding NEW YORK CITY !!

Also I read that our Government told our Air Force to look for the Terrorists AirPlanes in the EAST COAST Ocean area .
WHY ?????????????????

There are too many Questions that were NOT ANSWERED

LIKE ; BOTH of the TOWERS were supposed to be FIRE PROOF and some of the Fire Fighters said they HEARD Blasts that sounded like the same type of BLASTS that DEMOLITION Companies used to Demolish Huge Buildings .

I read so many reports like that and that brings DOUBTS in my mind about our own Government .

Their are just too many times that LIES have been proven about our Government .

And the MOST DAMAGING thing in my mind is WHY !!! would USA always keep going into the Middle East and FIGHTING so called WARS that will NEVER do any good .

The Middle East areas have been at War with each other since the time that JESUS CHRIST walked the Earth and they will NEVER Change as long as there are MUSLIMS that love the MUSLIM screwed up Religion !!

So we send our Men and Women to Die over there for NOTHING !!

ALL of our Government should be put in JAIL forever !!!

I really hate it when our Men and Women Die for NOTHING !! except to put $$$$$$$$$ into Assholes Pockets !!

Regards
Bill Davis

PS : I am sorry if I am Wrong and it would take a LOT to prove to me that I am wrong .

William Davis
Reply

AMERICANS NEED HELP NOW !!!!

OBAMA NEEDS TO CALL EVERY COMPANY IN AMERICA AND I MEAN EVERY COMPANY WITH THOUSANDS OF WORKERS DOWN TO COMPANIES WITH ONLY A FEW WORKERS ,, AND THEN HE SHOULD SAY ,,, HERE IS A DEAL FOR YOU !!!

FOR EVERY “NEW !! WORKER ” THAT YOU HIRE THE GOVERNMENT WILL PAY 50% OF THEIR SALARY FOR ONE YEAR & THE GOVERNMENT WILL DISCOUNT THE COMPANY TAXES BY 10% FOR 2 YEARS .

WHY IS THAT A REALLY GOOD DEAL ??????

BECAUSE I BET THOUSANDS !!!!! OF NEW JOBS WOULD POP UP IN THE FIRST WEEK OR LESS AND WHEN THE NEW WORKERS GET THEIR FIRST PAY CHECK THEY WILL BE PAYING TAXES !!! WOW !!

THAT MEANS THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY RE-PAYING THE 50% SALARY THAT THE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIZED TO ALL THE COMPANIES .,,,

ALSO THE WORKERS START TO BUY COMPUTERS , CARS , HOMES , ETC. ETC. ETC.

AND THAT CREATES MORE NEW JOBS FOR THE COMPANIES THAT ARE MAKING CLOTHES , CARS , COMPUTERS ,, HOMES , ETC. ETC.

I THINK THAT IS A WIN – WIN FOR EVERYONE ,,,,, BUT !! THE GOVERNMENT DID NOT EVEN REPLY TO THE SUGGESTION EMAILS THAT I SENT MANY TIMES !

I GUESS COMMON SENSE SUGGESTIONS ARE NEVER READ IN THE WHITEHOUSE BECAUSE !! NO ONE HAS ANY COMMON SENSE IN OUR GOVERNMENT .

So what do you think of my Common Sense Idea ??

Regards
Bill Davis

Daniel H. Baehr
Reply

What a totally wonderful Marxist idea. And just where do you propose your government is going to steal the 50% to pay all the new hires ??? One of the main problems with your country in my opinion is the propaganda of consume, consume, consume. The lack of morale’s and or integrity[ Mana ] has been missing for waaaaay to long. Sorry, your common sense idea is anything but.
Dan Baehr
“No Gods—No Masters” No Flags—No Borders”

Daniel H. Baehr
Reply

Jack, for the most part I think you present some good ideas however as a Zen-Anarchist I am having a real problem imagining who is this mystical, non-existent WEEEE you seem to have bought into? Can you show me where they are ? Also I certainly can think of better ways of using the wasted tax payers money from the illegal wars than funneling that money back into Govment Indoctrination Centers [Public Schools] Home Schooling anyone ???
Dan Baehr

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