The latest edition of Moon Shadow Of War is now available at https://www.createspace.com/4330714 I want to thank those readers who were kind enough to review, comment – and encourage the project.

I’m getting responses to the previous blog on theory, evolution and climate change. We’ll pick up that thread shortly. The resending of military “advisors” to Iraq prompted the below response and connects to climate change.

Next up, for those who can make it, is my book talk at the Thomaston, Maine, Public Library, July 16th, 2 PM.
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June/July Blog – What Is Enough?

I was in the basement of our family home when the bombs began to fall. Almost whispering, the petite, elderly woman near the front of the large room said it in a matter-of-fact way. She was ten years old and living in Germany during WWII. A hush settled over the audience.

The above was from a recent experience while conducting a book talk on Moon Shadow Of War at the Belfast Free Library, Belfast, Maine. The woman who uttered those spell binding words revealed that she has been steadfastly antiwar since that experience. It is wonderful, while speaking or writing, to get a confirming statement from the audience or readership. Thank you.

My mind drifted. How many Vietnamese had these same experiences? I remember sitting in a church pew in New Haven, CT, 1972, when the news of President Nixon’s Xmass bombing of Hanoi and Hiphong harbor reached a peace gathering there. Sixteen hundred men, women and children were murdered that day. The U.S. Administration did this act of military terror knowing peace accords were imminent in early 1973. How many Vietnamese became, in the same vein as the German immigrant above, advocates of peace that day?

President Kennedy sent military advisors to Vietnam in 1963. Where did this lead? Le Monde recently reported data seldom seen in the U.S. press. The U.S. military dropped more bombs in South Vietnam than the total number of bombs dropped by all sides in WWII. Robert MacNamara, former U.S. Defense Secretary, wrote that 3.6 million Vietnamese were killed in the war. He later divulged that the war was a “mistake.” Now we have President Obama sending military advisors into Iraq.

The challenges are nonstop. We, who oppose war, in all its viciousness and destruction of people and the environment, have to be just as mercurial and steadfast. We have to seek out creative ways to draw more people to the rewards of policies of peace. Bringing awareness to the repression that accompanied the U.S. War in Vietnam is one way of using history toward that end. But is it enough?

I told some of these stories in Moon Shadow Of War. Book talks are generating more of these stories about the havoc war generates on the home front. Another book talk at the Bethany Library, Connecticut, generated yet another. This patron was going to high school in New York State during the late 1960s. She became distressed over the firing of a male teacher. I asked on what grounds was the firing carried out. She responded that he stole school material. When I asked the obvious follow-up question, the answer astounded not only me, but also the audience. The teacher was fired for stealing paper clips.

Since the audience was of the 1960s “boomer” age, it required no explanation. But for those who did not live through the late 1960s and early 1970s, here’s a short one. My work area at home as an educator was always strewn with paper clips, and I would quickly add, chalk. Those were the tools of the trade before computers, power point, and smart boards. Any diligent educator had that collection.

Of course, the tense atmosphere of those times that divided our nation, like a line down a highway, is the most important ingredient to the answer. That line also divided educators. At one point, President Nixon asked those who supported his bomb first ask questions later approach to turn on their car headlights during the day. This was well before daytime running lights. I can remember driving down route 8 in CT when one overzealous teacher and supporter of the U.S. War in Vietnam, put on his high-beams and then passed by me to make sure his identity was revealed.

Again I pose the question, is conveying this history enough? Are solar panels enough? Are wind turbines enough? Are community gardens enough?

If the answer is no, which I agree with, it begs the question – what is enough?
Connecticut has established a Futures Commission. It is charged with planning the peacetime conversion in that state to green production. The trade union movement, particularly the International Association of Machinists (IAM), are intimately involved. This is a high-level activity involving unity of the Labor, Peace and Environmental movements that can be taken up in every state. But is it enough?

The fall elections will be upon us in a heartbeat. Defeating the ultra-right Tea Party Republicans has to be high on the list of must dos. They constantly argue for war and oppose mitigating climate change. Taking them out of power has to be part of the equation. There are no skipping steps. But again, is that enough?

The planned march in NYC addressing climate change, and scheduled for Sunday, September 21st , is extremely important as it will bring together many movements for social justice. Will that be enough?

In May I invited readers to address climate change and theory. Now I invite readers to answer the even broader question. What is enough when it comes to continuous warfare and to climate change? My August blog will address the responses to both blogs.

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