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The Department of Peaceful Illusions
By JR Dieckmann

The first time I heard of Dennis Kucinich’s campaign slogan, “Strength Through Peace,” was last week during the CNN/YouTube Democrat debate. At first it was just a campaign slogan that didn’t mean much. But then I started thinking... Kucinich got that backwards. President Reagan showed us how “peace through strength” is the winning formula during the Cold War.  Show the enemy that you are stronger and they will be not likely to attack you.  Lately, we have failed to maintain the posture that won the Cold War and now appear vulnerable to our enemies, not because we don't have the strength, but because we are afraid to show it and use it.

I began to wonder what Kucinich means by “Strength Through Peace” and how can a policy of “peace” can possibly result in strength. That is, how can “strength” be achieved by promoting a peace agenda that essentially tells the enemy that you refuse to fight? I decided to go to his website to see if he had offered any explanation for this anomaly. I didn’t find anything that directly addressed the slogan but his site did read like a 1970s, pot smoking, hippy manifesto - “peace at any price!”

One thing I did find on the site was a page called “Department of Peace” where Kucinich discusses his plan to create a “Department of Peace” in the Federal Government. There was also a link to another website called The Peace Alliance which has the same goal. But the most surprising find was a current House Resolution submitted by Kucinich to the House of Representatives to actually create this new department, a liberal adaptation of the Department of Defense. The bill was submitted to committee on Feb. 5, 2007 and passed through 6 related committees by the next day. It was then referred to a seventh committee on May 18th and so far, has the support of 67 cosponsors.

H.R. 808, Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act attempts to not only prevent all wars, but also attempts to prevent domestic violence everywhere in the world by creating the new Department of Peace. This department would be more accurately named the “U.S. Department Of Peace Extremists” or “US DOPES” for short. The legislation requires that “US DOPES” be funded by the taxpayers with an amount of at least 2% of the Defense Budget which would add a minimum of 8 billion dollars to the annual budget for this new bureaucracy. The bill also creates a national “peace day”. I suppose the day would be celebrated by everyone sitting around all day smoking joints and singing “Kumbyah”.

The next time America is attacked or threatened by a foreign enemy, we call on the Department of Peace to defend the country. They will respond by sending out negotiators and foreign aid to the attackers which will either make them see things our way, or make us see things their way. That is the premise of the bill.

“We must change the metaphor of our society from one of war to one of peace. The Department of Defense now requires in excess of $400 billion for its activities. A Department of Peace can be an effective counterbalance, redirecting our national energies towards nonviolent intervention, mediation, and conflict resolution on all matters of human security.”

That sounds a lot like what the State Department does, with few results. What a wonderful and caring thought, but it overlooks just one thing. We have barbaric, rogue enemies who want to destroy us because we support Israel and don’t subscribe to their religion. How do we convince them to adopt a philosophy of peace? No matter how much we try to change American society, it won’t change societies in other countries. Kucinich seems to assume that the United States is solely responsible for war while ignoring the fact that we are responding to attacks and threats made against our country which will certainly continue if we fail to fight back as he suggests. We tried appeasement long enough; it doesn’t work. And neither will Kucinich’s Dept. of Peace even if we invested our entire GDP into it. Only when all parties on the face of the planet desire peace can it be achieved. Our push for peace is seen only as weakness by our current Islamic enemy who has been, and will continue to use it in propaganda against us.

In an article entitled A Strategy for the Dept. of Peace to Enhance National Security on The Peace Alliance website, the author, Howard Rosenberg, discusses the transformation to create a culture of peace.

Instead of our political leadership asking, in our quest for national security, "How can we arm ourselves and defeat our adversaries... like we did during the Cold War?", we now have the opportunity to ask ourselves: "How can we collaborate with the global community to create, by intentional design, a world where humanity thrives?”

Rosenberg blames global conflicts on what he calls “failed societies”, examples of which he sites in his article as Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He goes on to say:

“The solution lies in refocusing our will to unite our national and world community on building the capacity in failed and failing societies to nurture and sustain robust civil societies by supporting the institutions of democratic government, economic opportunity, protection of minorities, and the rule of law.”

Wasn’t that what the UN was supposed to be doing over the past 50 years, and failed? One can only guess as to why he chose to use those particular examples when there are so many better examples of “failed societies” like Darfur, Indonesia, Palestine, and most African countries.

The above quote could just as well have applied to Afghanistan and Iraq before the US invasion. That was, in fact, the whole plan for Iraq which is now beginning to see the results of it to some extent. Didn’t we try to do it peacefully for 12 years and failed? Rosenberg seems to ignore history when he proposes using the same failed strategy on other societies without including military action. The result is always the same and today it’s the same with Iran. Only a military option will make a difference with these “failed societies” who want war. Then we can go about the business of building a peaceful state.

The plan falls far short of addressing today’s problem of terrorism. The improbable alliances suggested by this plan are with other countries, but Islamic terrorism has no state sponsor other than Iran. Al Qaeda is not likely to sign on to this plan, nor is it interested in peace. Rosenberg suggests that poverty and lack of opportunity are a root cause of terrorism but as we have been seeing in Britain lately, that is not always the case. The latest terrorist attacks in the UK were the acts by educated people who could have had successful careers as doctors. Their only problem was Islamism.

Rosenberg’s writings take me back to the 70s when we had relative peace and no real enemies attacking us. The hippy generation thought we were entering an era of love and peace and it could become the way of the world if we just didn’t look too closely. For a while, I was one of them but then I grew up. We thought a whole new reality was coming into view with the “age of Aquarius” and everyone could be loved and trusted. Meanwhile, Islam was getting ready for jihad.

Peace may come some day, but only after those who want war are defeated. America wants peace but we are the only country willing and able to defeat evil and those who insist on war. We are the only remaining defender of the free world and we have been attacked. If we fail to defend ourselves and the free world, the world will descend into anarchy and fall under the control of the instigators of war. Freedom will be lost forever. Freedom does not come easily or naturally. It must be fought for and defended when threatened. There will always be those who wish to take it away if they feel our resolve is not strong enough to resist them. A free people can only remain free so long as they are willing to fight for their freedom, and that will not change until all people of the world are living in freedom. That day has not yet come.

The premise of Rosenberg’s thinking is that if all societies were prosperous and healthy, we wouldn’t have wars or terrorism and everyone would live happily ever after under socialism. The purpose of “US DOPES” is to “orchestrate various organizations (NGOs, businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, military, police, healthcare, etc.) to holistically come together, share a common vision, work as a team, and build the capacity for a strong and vibrant civil society, while respecting diverse cultural perspectives.” In other words, a “New World Order” all under one huge bureaucracy within the US government tightly bound to the United Nations and all living within the global community. A communist’s dream come true. Don’t we all want to live on an equal economic and social level with Darfur, Mexico, and Pakistan?

Who is going to pay for all this economic improvement in 3rd world countries? Rosenberg doesn’t say but he does comment that the US gives only 1% of its GDP to foreign aid, implying that it should be a lot more. Ignoring that any foreign aid is not constitutionally authorized and that most foreign contributions by Americans are done through private charity organizations and not the government, it‘s clear that “US DOPES” would be a huge burden on the American taxpayer and show little respect for US constitutional law. And since this plan would create a government agency working in conjunction with the State and Justice Departments, it would be free to pursue it’s agenda with full immunity from the will of the American People.

The “US DOPES” Act would also transfer various government resources to it’s control. These resources would include The Peace Corp; the United States Institute of Peace; the Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs of the Department of State; the Gang Resistance Education and Training Program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and the Safe Futures program of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Department of Justice. Maybe they ought to include FEMA in there too. It’s not working too well under the DHS and we’re going to need it when our enemies discover the Department of Peace and take full advantage of it.

In addition, there shall be in the Department an Office of Peace Education and Training, the head of which shall be the Assistant Secretary for Peace Education and Training. The Assistant Secretary for Peace Education and Training shall carry out those functions of the Department relating to the creation, encouragement, and impact of peace education and training at the elementary, secondary, university, and postgraduate levels, including the development of a Peace Academy. More liberal/socialist indoctrination of our young and government control and interference in our public schools and universities. Doesn’t that make you feel secure?

Also included in “US DOPES” is an Office of Arms Control and Disarmament whose sole purpose is to eliminate all nuclear and mass destruction weapons worldwide. We can’t even find Saddam’s WMDs in Syria so I don’t know how they intend to accomplish this. The claim is that it will be possible through international communities like the UN which has been so successful in disarming Saddam Hussein, Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah. There is no exclusion for American nuclear weapons so we can assume that this means disarming America. I have no doubt that this would also eventually lead to disarming all American citizens as well since the department deals with domestic as well as international violence.

In all, the bill creates 7 new government offices under the banner of “US DOPES” for the purpose of promoting the peace agenda and global socialism under a New World Order. About the only thing missing from this bill (so far) is the abolishment of the Department of Defense, but then the bill has plenty of room for amendments not yet added added. I wouldn’t count on this bill getting much Republican support in Congress except from the usual RINOs.

Do we really want to go down this path? Do we really want to confront Islamic terrorism with peace offerings and financial aid? Will any of this stop Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from building and using nuclear weapons on Israel and the west? It is obviously easy enough to convince today’s Democrat Party to lay down their weapons and talk peace, but trying it with Islam is a whole different ball game. It is painfully obvious that Dennis Kucinich and 67 congressmen have absolutely no understanding of Islam or the threat we face from them.  They seem to think that the whole world thinks like Democrats.

For more information on “US DOPES“, go to Department of Peace and Nonviolence Act at the Library of Congress.

JR Dieckmann is Editor, Publisher, Writer, and Webmaster of GreatAmericanJournal.com. He also works as an electrician in Los Angeles, Ca. His articles also appear on The Conservative Voice, Real Clear Politics, New Media Journal, Mich News, Daley Times-Post, Great Minds Think Right, and other conservative websites.