I follow David Swanson and other reliable lefties on “Smirking Chimp” (see blogroll at sidebar). He has written a new book War Is a Lie, which I have ordered and look forward to reading. He is a strong anti-war activist and very much pro-diplomacy when it comes to dealing with international problems.
The website below will take you to many more recommendations and comments on the book.
War Is A Lie is a thorough refutation of every major argument used to justify wars, drawing on evidence from numerous past wars, with a focus on those that have been most widely defended as just and good. This is a handbook of sorts, an engaging, always informative manual that can be used to debunk future lies before the wars they’re deployed to justify have any chance to begin. For this edition of the book, the original 2010 version has been updated and expanded with material on lessons from the United States’s most recent wars, more pointers on what can be done to end warmaking, and an epilogue that analyzes new trends in war lying and in resistance to it
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. His books include When the World Outlawed War, and War No More: The Case for Abolition. Swanson serves as director of World Beyond War, and host of Talk Nation Radio. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He was a 2015 and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Swanson was instrumental in exposing the Downing Street Minutes and other evidence of Iraq war lies.
At events (listed on his site) Swanson will speak from … resisting, reducing and eliminating war, from counter-recruitment in schools, ending the draft, and conscientious objection, to lobbying, protesting, and dramatically disrupting the machinery of war. He will focus, however, on the process of educating people to recognize false justifications for war and to reject them. Swanson argues that, while the prevention of a U.S. bombing campaign in Syria in 2013 and the upholding of a nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015 left much to be desired, they also provide grounds for encouragement, and were built on the public understanding of the lies about Iraq that had been promoted in 2002-2003 by such public figures as Dick Cheney and Hillary Clinton. Swanson argues for a different understanding of current U.S. wars in Western Asia from that most often promoted on television. Frightening beheading videos, he suggests, were intended to draw the United States into war, and succeeded only because the U.S. public is not yet sufficiently resistant to such manipulation.
“A terrific tool for recognizing and resisting war lies before it’s too late.” — Daniel Ellsberg.
“David Swanson … eloquently demonstrates both how people power prevailed in stopping the US drive to war in Syria and Iran and the immensity of the work still to be done to demilitarize our society and put an end to permanent warfare…. — Josh Ruebner, author of Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace.
“David Swanson is a truth-teller and witness-bearer whose voice and action warrant our attention.” — Cornel West.
“The world needs more true advocates of democracy like David Swanson!” — Thom Hartmann, author, radio host.
“David Swanson predicates his belief that nonviolence can change the world on careful research and historical analysis.” — Kathy Kelly, author, peace activist.
“… This is an important book that dispels any myths about ‘good wars.'” — Cindy Sheehan, peace activist, author, talk show host.
Swanson’s site also includes a complete listing of his book tour events. He definitely believes that the world would be better off if PTSD could be prevented by the elimination of war rather than having to deal with shattered emotions that accompany the war experience.
[To the best of my knowledge David Swanson does not have PTSD. However, in his anti-war activism, he practices at least two coping strategies: identify and take part in positive activities and rite about your feelings and thoughts. I would suggest that reading War Is a Lie and similar books is a coping strategy for those of us with PTSD.]