Jerry Brown on War & Peace



World assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. issued the following statement tonight following confirmation that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces:

"Tonight, Americans can be grateful that President Obama brought bin Laden to justice. Our friends as well as our adversaries throughout the world can be assured of America's resolve in combating terrorism and protecting the values of democracy and freedom."

Source: Press release from California governor's office , May 1, 2011

How do we stop the human race from wiping itself out?

The question I'd ask is, as we have more and more powerful weapons, and as we're conditioning people to take off the safety catch, how in the world do we stop the human race from wiping itself out? That's the question. War has been a part of human civilization for as long as we know, as far back as the Homeric epics and before. But now we have biological weapons. We have nuclear weapons that can be made in a garage, if you've got the plutonium, that can be miniaturized to fit into a bowling bag. So we're entering into an entirely new brave world, and unless we can shift our sensibility and get that safety catch back on, it's a very questionable assumption that we can keep going.
Source: Dialogues, by Gov. Jerry Brown, p.102 , May 8, 1996

Kuwait War: missile flashes didn't feel like we were killing

During the Gulf War, we saw green missile flashes broadcast on CNN. We didn't see Iraqi people, human beings, young boys--many of them Christians--buried alive by vehicles driven by American GIs. If we'd gotten that picture, we might have had a very different reaction to this very popular war. Television plays what it chooses to play, and there we are. We're taught to accept violence, because it doesn't feel like violence.
Source: Dialogues, by Gov. Jerry Brown, p.101 , May 8, 1996

True history of Vietnam never was heard from our leaders

Some years ago, I first read Noam Chomsky's comment that the US had invaded Vietnam, and my initial reaction was that this view was mistaken. But then I began to study the history of Vietnam and the origins of the conflict there--Vietnam's importance as a colony and its role in WWII, the arrival of the French, and then the English, and then the return of the French, and all the covert money the US spent there. I realized that I had never heard--certainly not from our political leaders--the true history of the war and all its causes.

I feel that if we don't focus attention on learning what has happened, we can't very well come to the truth.

Source: Dialogues, by Gov. Jerry Brown, p.123 , Sep 29, 1995

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