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This post notes and values wide-spread American opposition to the proposed Syrian bombing. It also raises concerns, examines ‘willful blindness’, ‘manufacturing consent in democracy’ — and concludes it’s entirely likely that “strategy toward larger goals” explains why ‘bombing and smashing’ is the only proposal made. —- Insights from 4 highly knowledgeable and thoughtful people included via video clips. — A quote central to the blog’s theme: “…emotionally potent over-simplifications must be provided by myth makers.” — Democracy, at its core, is never about silence, never about ‘hierarchy and deference’. At its core, democracy is about asking critical questions and drawing intelligent, thoughtful conclusions on behalf of all involved – especially those most vulnerable. — Children, families, and neighbors – all alive today in Syria and in refugee camps – cannot speak to our legislators. We must speak for them. — They do not need our bombs in addition to what they already experience. Continue reading