The gruesome sequence of atrocity, frantic cover-up, unintended expose, hypocritical expression of humanitarian concern by commanders and rulers, and desperate public relations efforts to confine the blame to the triggermen is manifest in both settings. Americans are fascinated by the Mafia, but very few citizens of this country believed until recently that the brutalities and deceptions of organized crime were also characteristic of government operations. We can be thankful, I suppose, that the United States government is not yet as efficient as the Mafia whose skill has been built up over generations and whose personnel have been conditioned from birth when it comes to hiding the traces of their crimes, cutting short the investigative trail, and screening out the occasional honest and principled operative. This monograph by Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, both renowned and careful scholars who have struggled over the years to present the truth about the Vietnam War, makes a major contribution to our understanding of the present posture of American foreign policy in general and the character of the persisting involvement in Indochina in particular.
No longer a citizen of one exclusive nation, Garry claimed his status as a citizen of the world. Why would Garry Davis, a Broadway actor and comedian who just wanted to make people laugh, give up his US citizenship in favor of world citizenship?
To answer that question, I will need to take you back to the early s. As a child and teenager, Garry loved acting. To Garry, the script of a play was like his prayer book and the theatre was like his temple, his mosque, his synagogue, his church, his place of worship.
The audience was like his parishioners. He wanted to make the audience happy, and in their laughter, he felt their love. Garry's dream of a life in theatre and movies came crashing down when he heard the news that his brother Bud had been killed in Salerno on his battleship.
Garry's sadness turned to anger and then to revenge.
He became a bomber pilot set on destroying Hitler's war factories. But thousands of feet up in his B airplane, as he was dropping bombs on villages, he knew he was killing women, men and children. His revenge turned to remorse. He would rather have been entertaining these people, making them laugh, rather than killing them.
When he came back from the war, he was disillusioned with the nation-state system that made him kill his fellow humans. He suffered from post-traumatic stress from what he witnessed and from the acts of violence he committed. He wanted out of the war game. He had heard of a young man who had gone to Europe to rebuild the churches that were destroyed during the war.
And he read a book called Anatomy of Peace, by Emery Reves, a book that explained how humans could transcend the problem of war by coming together at the world level. So he decided to go to Paris, legally renounce his US citizenship, and begin to rebuild the world he had helped to destroy.
In his memoir, My Country is the World, he explains why he would give up his citizenship, an act that at that time was considered highly controversial and unpatriotic.
He writes, "Homo sapiens, man calls himself. But one of the tragedies of our times is that modern man, as man of ages past, doesn't know himself.
He has lost confidence in his own innate capacity. And only then does he yearn to be free. You and I may be fellow humans, but we are not fellow nationalists.
I am a fellow who willfully withdrew from the co-partnership of citizen and national state and declared himself a world citizen. I have for my trouble, hung my hat in 34 prisons and two ships' brigs. If spending time in the jails of the world, however, would further the understanding of one world and one humankind, I would gladly forfeit my freedom again this very day.
He viewed the whole world as his home, as his house of worship.WORLD CITIZEN BLOG and UPDATES 70th Anniversary of the World Citizen Movement.
By David Gallup On May 25, , Garry Davis stepped out of the US Embassy in Paris after taking the Oath of Renunciation of citizenship. PREFACE.
The American public will be slow to connect My Lai to Watergate, and yet that link is embedded in the political consciousness of those who are guiding the destinies of this country.
The Business of War. By Wade Frazier. Revised July Introduction. The Business of War. The "Good War" Brown Shirts in America. A Brief History of Western Anti-Semitism and the Holy War . The Social, Economic, and Cultural Effects of the Vietnam War: Although people at first believed the U.S.
went into the Vietnam War for a good cause, it proved to be exactly the opposite: a destructive effect on the social, economic, and cultural life of America.
This study originated as the original draft of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication , Strategy (). Although it was written under USMC auspices, there is nothing service-specific about it.
Rather, it was designed to address the fundamental question, "What is the . Vietnam War Effects The Vietnam War was a very costly war. It not only affected those in battles, but it also left behind long term effects on people everywhere in the world.
It was an extremely costly war with over 58, Americans .