Columbia University 1968 - Photo #91 - Aftermath

And the bombs would keep falling until 1975. And since then the United States has inflicted itself upon country after country after country. The demonstrations continued, culminating in the biggest demonstrations in history of the planet in 2003 against Bush II's Iraq war, which accomplished exactly nothing. My daughter and I were in that one, marching in the Veterans contingent alongside Vietnam and WWII veterans and even the Abraham Lincoln Brigade from the Spanish Civil War.

Think of the consequences for the world of American interference in countries such as Korea, Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Guatemala, Congo, Laos, Cambodia, Chile, Afghanistan, Angola, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Yemen... To name only a few. What gives the USA the right to go to other countries and topple their governments and kill their people? And how do we make it stop?

At least at Columbia University in 1968 we tried. And in a small way it was a victory: Columbia stopped classified war research and abandoned the Morningside Park gym project. Students followed our lead in other universities in the USA and other countries. But any victories were shortlived. Students were killed at Kent State and Jackson State. At Columbia, ROTC and military and CIA recruiting are back, DOD-sponsored research has resumed, and Columbia has virtually destroyed Harlem as we knew it.

For the record, I'm not opposed the military; I'm an Army veteran; both my parents were in the Navy in World War II, and I've lived on Army bases overseas as a teenager. But that was when the US military was for defense. Now its mission is nothing less than world domination, which involves endless amounts of death, destruction, displacement, and suffering in countries that were never a military threat to us.

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