[Sayma-Discuss] Fwd: Report of Military & Pacifist Similarities Survey
freepolazzo at comcast.net
Sun Jul 29 19:43:02 EDT 2007
dear Friend or Attender,
Our worship group (ACWG) received this email form
Bill Taylor, a Quaker in Harford CT.
He is writing a book and would like feedback from other Quakers.
Very Interesting questions.
>To: Whom it may concern
>The report of the Military/Pacifist Similarities
>Survey is now up, at
>A blog for discussing future directions appears
>Some have asked where the idea for the survey
>originated. The www.AmericanConfusion website
>describes the book that led to this project,
>Lethal American Confusion: How Bush and the
>Pacifists Each Failed in the War on Terrorism.
>Having criticized both the military and the
>pacifists in the book, I began to wonder what
>positive attributes they might have in common.
>After making a list of possible similarities in
>values and experiences between military and
>pacifist viewpoints (admittedly oversimplifying
>the complexity of both terms), I asked for
>further suggestions from members of my Quaker
>Meeting in Hartford (CT). Several members
>contributed items to the first draft about 18 months ago.
>Other items came from suggestions by
>respondents, and were added as the survey
>progressed. (Because the intent of this survey
>was consciousness-raising, and not formal
>research, expanding-in-progress seemed appropriate.)
>All are invited to join an exchange of views
>about the complex questions surrounding war and
>peace in this chaotic new century. Do these two
>ancient concepts need to be revised in an era of
>multinational terrorist networks and multinational corporations?
>Will the concepts of war and peace survive the
>deluge of proposals for new weapons, “netwar,”
>and new approaches to national security and humanitarian relief?
>What would you recommend as a post-military,
>post-pacifist approach to the challenges you see ahead?
>A suggestion: as you respond, tell us how you
>arrived at your present views: who and what
>influenced you, when did you form your opinions,
>how did you form your image of those on the
>other side(s) of the war/peace divide?
>After you read the report of results, post your
>Thanks you, and kind regards,
>Bill Taylor <mailto:wrbftaylor at comcast.net>wrbftaylor at comcast.net
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