COLUMN: UC Professor says world leaders, military should listen to women who say ‘no’ to more war – Story

CINCINNATI — Earlier this month, in Cincinnati’s Washington Park, people gathered to celebrate domestic and international peacemakers in honor of the annual UN International Day of Peace. On that same day, millions around the world marched for more resources to be directed to the planetary threat of climate change.Yet the United States is at war again, a war that could cost up to $10 billion a year, and the drumbeat of war was the centerpiece of President Obama’s recent address to the United Nations General Assembly.More than half of Americans support air strikes in Iraq and Syria as well as arming groups to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. That support is not shared by those who celebrated the International Day of Peace, including many women’s organizations that have long decried war as a tool to end violence. Their calls for non-violent solutions have flooded my mailbox in recent weeks. Perhaps it is time to for more to listen to those women who say “no” to more war.

via COLUMN: UC Professor says world leaders, military should listen to women who say ‘no’ to more war – Story.

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