The Defense Department

Posted on January 3, 2013

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In terms of resources, the Pentagon may be one of the biggest promoters of pacifism on the planet. The US Defense Department, along with the Rand Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the International Republican Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy, and probably the CIA, have a long history of supporting nonviolent movements worldwide. During the Cold War, the goal was to drown out more militant and revolutionary voices on the Left, in Europe, Latin America, and elsewhere, in favor of nonviolent groups that would be inclined to dialogue with existing powers, easier to buy off, and too ineffective to change anything on their own.  During the US occupation of Iraq, the Pentagon planted stories in Iraqi newspapers that appeared to be authored by Iraqis and members of the resistance, calling for a nonviolent struggle. Obviously, the military prefers to go up against pacifists than people with guns. Failing at that, their only option to avoid losing in Iraq was to spur an internecine religious war that would make the US military seem like a force for peace and stability.

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