Sane Progressive Live Coverage National Anti-War Conference Richmond Virginia
Tonight, George Galloway was joined by WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, John Pilger, Andrew Gilligan, Peter Hitchens and Peter Oborne.
The focus was on the Chilcot Report, with George and our specials guests expressing strong opinions on Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq War.
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“I hereby resign my commission as an Officer in the United States Army.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. armed drone policy. The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any time, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials. I refuse to support this policy of unaccountable killing.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. nuclear weapons policy. The Executive Branch continues to invest billions of dollars into nuclear weapons, which threaten the existence of humankind and the earth. I refuse to support this policy of terror and mutually assured destruction.
“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. policy of preventive war, permanent military supremacy and global power projection. The Executive Branch continues to claim extra-constitutional authority and impunity from international law. I refuse to support this policy of imperial overstretch.
“I resign because I refuse to serve as an empire chaplain. I cannot reconcile these policies with either my sworn duty to protect and defend America and our constitutional democracy or my covenantal commitment to the core principles of my religion faith. These principles include: justice, equity and compassion in human relations, a free and responsible search for truth, a commitment to the democratic process, and the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
“Christopher John Antal”
AMY GOODMAN: Reverend Chris Antal, minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation now at Rock Tavern, New York, founder of the Hudson Valley, New York, chapter of Veterans for Peace. He has served as a U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan, before publicly resigning over the Obama administration’s drone warfare program. He wrote that letter to President Obama in April.
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“Clinton has made herself vulnerable to this kind of criticism. She did in fact enthusiastically vote for the Iraq War. She also spearheaded the Obama administration’s overthrow of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, now supports a “no-fly zone” in Syria, and has aligned herself with Gulf State monarchies and Israel’s extremist right-wing leadership.”
“Beginning in 2003, we committed atrocities under the guise of “liberating Iraqis from Saddam Hussein.” The horrors continue through today, only now we call it “liberating Iraqis from ISIS.” Powerful piece by Felicity Arbuthnot. ”
In episode 1, I discuss the widespread anti-Muslim animus today which is fueled by the mainstream media, by antitheists, by Western governments, by ourselves and by large corporations funding politicians who in turn invent reasons for imperialist wars. I discuss and share excerpts of interviews which explain how these fundamentalist attacks are not fueled by religion and that the real drivers are cultural and economic. I share some excerpts of interviews with Tariq Ramadan and with Chris Hedges.
Brief music excerpt in intro is by Palestinian group called Le Trio Joubran playing a piece titled “Masar”.
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