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The news site AOL/Huffington Post has a shocking current item: “Pentagon Says Who We’re At War With is Classified.”

One congressional committee has the classified list from Pentagon testimony of the al-Qaida/Taliban affiliated forces in many other countries whom we’re killing. But the American people whose blood and treasure these secret wars require are not allowed to see it.

This is the inevitable result of wars undeclared by Congress, a volunteer poverty-draft military and drone warfare. The National Security Agency has our every phone call, email and letter tracked, but we no longer have any say where our children may be called upon to die or whom they may have to kill.

Since the war in Iraq turned al-Qaida from an organization into a movement, we can rationalize the civilians that our drones kill. When drones alone (the killerless crime) don’t get the job done, we’ll be told again that freedom isn’t free.

But what freedom? Needing millions of dollars to be re-elected, our Congress owes far more to nameless rich donors than to the voters back home.

These donors include defense contractors and multinational oil companies. War has been very, very good to them.

Not so good for the families of the more than 300 Fort Drum and other local troops killed. If we’re still at war in a few more years, will our nation have earned their sacrifice? Will the politicians and generals deserve such loyalty?

Ike warned us about this long ago. Maybe hunting terrorists for decades will turn us into them.

World War II Japanese Admiral Yamamoto was against war with the United States but finally bowed to patriotic pressure. We later killed him with the 16 P-38 Lightings we sent after his plane. Earlier, the Harvard-educated Yamamoto said after Pearl Harbor, “I fear we have awakened a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”

The American people are invited to visit the Veterans For Peace website for its wake-up call. The American movements demanding peace and justice are gaining momentum and will hopefully soon join forces. Peace and justice are like love and marriage: You can’t have one without the other.

Roalnd Van Deusen

Clayton

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