What Do We Do About Terrorism?

ReThinking Thinking

Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: Stop participating in it.

-Noam Chomsky

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My Lai, 1968

I have written several times in critique of the United States and its inclination to become a police or military force in the world. I’m sure that this has made many uncomfortable. A lot of Americans have grown up with the belief that the United States can solve the problems of other nations and will do so in a just way. This is because most of us have been fed a nationalistic version of American history. The kind that minimizes the conquering of American Indians, slavery, racism, and oppression, and in turn praises victories in war, military excursions, discovery, and invention.

My call for us to question U.S. military action comes not only from an essential aspect of my Christian faith, peace, but also from my reading of history through…

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