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Syria, Yemen, and U.S. Warmaking in the Middle East

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On Thursday, March 23, Just World Educational and two pro-peace groups from our home community in Charlottesville, Va., invite the public to come to this evening of learning and discussion in Charlottesville, which will feature presentations from respected, very well-informed (and Virginia-residing) experts on this vexing topic of our times.

Our U.S. tax dollars are currently supporting active U.S. military operations in six Middle Eastern countries, of which Yemen and Syria are two of the most complex. These two countries are also the scenes of mass-scale humanitarian disasters involving mass displacement, the widespread destruction of vital civilian infrastructure, and in Yemen’s case the threat of mass famine. In both countries, these humanitarian disasters have been considerably exacerbated by the U.S.’s military actions.

Our March 23 program, which is cosponsored by the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, and the Peace & Social Concerns Committee of the Charlottesville Friends Meeting (Quakers) will be held at 6:30 pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 1104 Forest St., Charlottesville.

Our resource people are:

• Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak, two Harrisonburg residents who spent seven years, 2005-2012, living in Syria and providing educational services to Iraqi refugees there. (Huck and Kubasak are the authors of Never Can I Write of Damascus: When Syria Became Our Home.)

• Sheila Carapico, a much-quoted senior expert on Yemen and its neighbors. Dr. Carapico, who lives in Richmond, edited the recent anthology Arabia Incognita: Dispatches from Yemen and the Gulf.

• David Swanson, a Charlottesville-based peace activist who is co-founder and director of World Beyond War, and author of several books including War Is A Lie.

Copies of these books will be available at the event for sale and signing.

We invite all Charlottesville residents and visitors who are concerned by our government’s extensive recourse to warmaking in the Middle East to come to this program.

The Quaker Meeting House is an easily walkable 2/3 mile from downtown C’ville. People traveling by car can park free in the lots of Murray High School, which is next to the Meeting House. The Meeting House is wheelchair accessible; handicapped parking spaces are located along the south side of the building. For more information, contact Helena Cobban: Helena@justworldbooks.com.

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  1. We need to be actively aware of the devastation our national government is creating globally. If we do not, someday we may wake up and feel the disgrace of the people of Dachau. I was at Ft. Bragg last week talking to soldiers of my former who had just returned from war in Africa on a mission the local newspaper referred to as “secret”.

    Hannah Arendt, a German-born Jewish American political theorist who escaped Europe during the Holocaust, originated the concept of “the banality of evil.” She asked whether evil may be simply a function of thoughtlessness. Does the average person simply have a predisposition to obey orders and conform to popular opinion without thinking critically of the consequences of their actions and inactions? Prison camps in Germany were accepted by the local population because that was just the way life was rather than some outward manifestation of evil of the local people.

    Let’s be aware of what we are doing. Let’s wake up!

  2. JustWorldBooks, Mar 26, 2017 Yemen and Syria are the scenes of grave humanitarian disasters involving mass displacement, the widespread destruction of vital civilian infrastructure, and in Yemen’s case the threat of mass famine.

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