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The weapons, and psychology, of warfare don't stay on the battlefield.

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The idea that the only way to save lives is to be able to trump another person or group with heavier weapons, and a clearer ability and readiness to use them is such a limited, wrongheaded and often criminal notion. It ought to be avoided, we ought to be speaking out against it - both in the United States' militarization abroad, and in policing here in the US.

Peace activist Kathy Kelly examines the parallels between America's murderous drone war across the globe and the violence done by police at home - from the normalizing of lethal response to noncompliance (or even suggestions of noncompliance) with the state, to the government and military's frenzied defense of power above all other values - and challenges the United States to abandon violence before it swallows us whole.

Kathy wrote the Consortiumnews article Of Lethal Drones and Police Shootings.

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Kathy Kelly

Kathy Kelly is a peace activist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

 

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