VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection


VFP Convention 2015: A Reflection By Michael Bassett I am grateful to Veterans For Peace (VFP) for the life-changing experience they gave me at the VFP 30th Annual Convention recently held in San Diego, CA., and for honoring me with an invitation to speak before the Korea Peace Campaign about projects I’ve done on the Korean Peninsula – or as ... Read More »

Best Practices for Helping our Homeless Veterans


They sleep under bridges and hide in vacant door ways We once armed them and told them to: Defend Us. Once home they became: Homeless and Defenseless Our Government’s Response: We’re waging new wars And you’re no longer needed. You can make our day by moving out of our way. Why Have a Homeless Veterans Work Group? The homeless situation ... Read More »

It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City


Emerald City, to the casual observer, projects nothing but grace and splendor but hiding around the corners are unwelcome offenders. They sleep under overpasses and hide in doorways. They’re always on the move, not because they want to, but because they’re told to. Homeless veterans are the hardest to witness. We armed them and commanded them to Defend Us Upon ... Read More »

Imagine If…


For a few brief moments, let’s suspend what happened in our country after 9/11 and think about how things could have been so completely different if our country had taken a different direction. magine if we had not entered into war with Iraq and Afghanistan how different our country and the world would be today. Imagine if, as a nation, ... Read More »

Collateral Damage


When America ends a war the president talks about patriotism, how committed the troops were to their mission and how some even gave their lives for the mission. However, I have never heard or read that a president talked about the innocent civilian life lost during that mission. We simply refer to the lost as “Collateral Damage”. The absence of ... Read More »

The March

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Last weekend, thousands of people attended the 50th anniversary of the August 28th, 1963 March on Washington. The various media outlets played selected segments of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, showed pictures of the 200,000+ people in attendance, and reminded us of the impact the March on Washington had on furthering the integration movement. I didn’t hear ... Read More »

ZERO, The Case for Nuclear Weapons Abolition


In his remarkably readable and informative book on why abolishing nuclear weapons is an imperative for a safe and secure world, David Krieger points out there is a growing consensus among the peoples of the world that ZERO nuclear weapons is the only option. David Krieger, a founder of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara, California and President ... Read More »

Deliberate Dumbing Down of America


In his book “Empire of the Illusion”, Christopher Hedges clearly and convincingly, makes a strong argument that American citizens now live in a society that consistently works at dumbing down America. He illustrates his point by the following statement: “This culture of illusion thrives by robbing us of the intellectual and linguistic tools to separate illusion from truth. It reduces ... Read More »

Hugh Thompson, An American Hero Revised


I would venture to say that most Americans have never heard of Hugh Thompson, but on March 16th, 1968 he put his life and his reputation on the line in order to save some innocent civilians from the ravages of war. The whole event has been shoved into the dustbin of history. It’s like it never happened. Our government and ... Read More »

Emerald City Revised


Every time I pick up friends or relatives at the San Diego Airport I enjoy watching their reactions as they see, for the first time, the San Diego skyline. They are particularly impressed with the breathtaking views at night. The bright lights shine like beacons; especially the Emerald Shapely Building with its slanted rooftop architecture and its emerald green sparkling ... Read More »

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