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Thoughts on What’s Coming
Dear Friend of Peace,
My name is Michael Seebeck. I’m a happily married father of two, dedicated peacemonger and libertarian activist. My wife and I are the Legislative Analysts for the Libertarian Party of California. We recommend courses of action for lobbying, a role can be referred to informally as ”Team Seebeck, Bill Monkeys.”
Part of that role also means being able to connect events and courses of action to determine the consequences of legislation on the public. It also carries over into how I view the news, and lately I really don’t like what I see:
Economic Chaos. Potential War with Iran. Energy Prices. Recession. Russia. Pakistan. Iraq.
What do these all have in common? A pretty grim picture.
Let’s examine the links between these things. You may want a scorecard for this.
Consider the following facts:
Oil had peaked at $147 (7-11-08), and now is at $61 (as of 11-10-08). That’s a 51% drop in three months, and the drop had no end in sight.
World stock markets have tanked in the past four weeks, with trillions of equity and investments being lost.
Iceland faced default on its national debt. (Iceland???)
Iran is still enriching uranium, and the West still claims they are working towards a nuclear bomb. IAEA says otherwise.
Israel is bleating the war drums loudly.
The now multi-trillion-dollar bailout did nothing to help the market or the consumer.
Russia is on the rise from being flush with petroleum money and is revamping their army, navy, air force, and infrastructure.
The Pakistani people are getting agitated against U.S. efforts to track down and kill al-Qaeda in Waziristan.
Iraq is supposedly winding down, but troops aren’t coming home yet.
Afghanistan is heating up, and there is little chance of improvement there.
Unemployment and foreclosures are still on the rise in the U.S. as the recession continues and takes its deepest dive yet.
What does this all mean?
In a word, war.
What can we do?
We must be an organized and concerted effort to pressure our leaders to exercise proper leadership, not to just beat the drums of war because of campaign dollars or market profits for cronies, but instead to work with the world to forge peace as a means to develop prosperity, to turn around the negative attitudes and get nations to work on peaceful mutual interests and trade without foreign entanglements.
That effort starts with the grassroots of the world, from the bottom up, to get the leaders, elected or not, to do the right thing, not only for their own people, but for all people.
It starts with US: We, the people, who opposed war with Iran by a 4-1 margin a year ago and by an even more resounding 93% in June.
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