Give Peace A Chance

peace1I’m tired of the militarization of our police force, the glorification of the military and the humanization of war at the expense of peace, altruism and social cooperation ~ which also happen to be the driving tenets of evolution. It’s time for a dramatic chance and millions, including myself, are now rightfully saying give peace a chance:


by Allen L Roland


‘A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.’ Mohandas K. Gandhi

We are beyond talk, it’s time for action for there is no change without action and action changes knowledge into wisdom. When people sign the declaration of peace at they will have the opportunity to type in a brief statement in their own words. Thousands have done so, including myself as well as the 32 posted below.

“I support this proposal and agree with this great and important initiative to abolish militarism and war. I will continue to speak out for an end to the institution of militarism and war and for institutions built on international law and human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution.” ~ Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

“As a 29 year veteran of the US Army/Army Reserves, retiring as a Colonel and having served as a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and resigning in 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war, I firmly believe war does not resolve political issues. We must work diligently to force the governments of our nations to use diplomacy, not weapons.” ~ Ann WrightWars and earthquakes

“It is so inspiring to see a new group coming together not to focus on a particular war or weapons system, but on all war–everywhere. And it’s great to have such beautifully crafted arguments about why war is not inevitable and how war contributes to so many other global ills. This coalition is worthy of Martin Luther King’s call to end violence and instead put our energies and resources into ‘life-affirming activities.’ Bravo!” ~ Medea Benjamin

“We must work to end all war because: 1. In war there are no winners, only losers. 2. To thrive, humans need peace, which cannot be created by war. 3. We need all our ingenuity, creativity, technology and will to find a solution to runaway climate change. We cannot afford the military-industrial complex.” ~ Sally Reynolds, Abingdon Peace Group

“The abolition of war is an idea whose time has come. We are at a transformative moment in history. Our Mother Earth is under siege from destructive global warming and industrialization. It is essential that we mobilize to save our planet. War is a cruel and untenable distraction, draining trillions of dollars and incalculable losses of intellectual firepower away from the essential work that needs to be done to create a livable future for humanity.” ~ Alice Slater, Global Council of Abolition 2000

“War is a crime against humanity. When 90% of the casualties of war are civilians including children, its time to End ALL WARS! The world badly needs the resources to meet human and environmental needs. Wars are not making us more secure, but creating more enemies. There are more effective means of achieving security than war and killing other people’s children. As former President Eisenhower said, ‘I like to believe that the people of the world will want peace so much that governments will have to get out of the way and let them have it.’ When the people of the world decide to end war, we can end it. At least 99% of the world’s people do not benefit at all from all the wars our governments are waging. The time is NOW. Please join us.” ~ David Hartsough

“History has shown us that the institution of war created by humans is not only morally reprehensible, but utterly ineffective in resolving any kind of disputes. The human, social, environmental and economic costs of war are too high. We now know more about the reality of a global peace system built upon global collaboration, social change and constructive conflict transformation. It is time for a re-energized effort to build a world beyond war by challenging the war system and supporting the infrastructure of peace.” ~ Patrick Hiller, Peace Scientist and Director of War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation

“War is a great destroyer. And human history has arrived at a pivotal moment. We can choose a path built on cooperation, where our caring and sharing side uplifts us, or we can continue to embrace a worldview where domination using violence imprisons us in cycles of killing and destruction. I’m a biologist, and war is not genetically fixed. War is a cultural invention. It’s time to end this abomination, and this World Beyond War movement is uniquely focused on unifying the human community to create one of the biggest revolutions in history. I’m in. Join us!” ~ Judith Hand, Founder: A Future Without

Einstein on war“Change will not come from a President Gandhi. Rather, the initiate for change will come from the bottom up as citizens force politicians to act. We just need to put our voices together and get sufficiently organized. Ultimately change will come from the ingenuity, compassion and ability of the American people to self-correct and chart a more secure and sustainable course for the future.” ~ Russell Faure-Brac, author of Transition to Peace

“We must work to end all war because the health, welfare, and safety of the children is the most important element of a society. The children can be the focus for mobilizing, conflict resolution, and uniting for the future of humanity. The children allow the people of the world to show kindness, generosity, and compassion.” ~ Andre Sheldon, Director of Global Strategy of Nonviolence

“We must end war because war is an abrogation of the inviolable bonds of connection between all people, all living things and the planet. To participate in it is a denial of the trust in continuity deeded to us by our forebears and expected of us by future generations. Every act of war and aggression diminishes the humanity of the individuals involved, destabilizes communities and nations; and scars the entire human family. We are committed not to ending wars but to ending war itself, and to addressing the fear, greed, misunderstanding and drive for power that lead to violent conflict and war.” ~ Rena Guay, Executive Director, Center for Conscience in Action

“Richard Wendell Fogg, Center for the Study of Conflict, years ago said rather than saying we need to abolish war, we should talk of REPLACING war. In the field of conflict analysis and transformation, there are creative strategies we can apply to solutions that can solve problems and make war unnecessary. With increasing lethality of weapons, evolving technology and communications, war is obsolete. It is a solution worse than any problem it presumes to solve. We can address conflicts constructively. Beyond diplomacy, we can use mediation, negotiation and problem-solving strategies to transcend war.” ~ Diane Perlman

war is organized murderThere is enough for everyone to have what they need without exploitation. Adequate distribution of resources, including education, without violence can lead to a sustainable system that doesn’t stress the ecosphere. Alternately, continued violence feeds population surges and hoarding the products of exploitative extraction, which endanger the survival of our species. In short, if we want a future with humans on Earth, we’ve got to stop war.” ~ Vernon Huffman

“War is the worst act of terrorism and among the greatest causes of human suffering and death and ecological degradation. Wars are declared by the rich and fought by the poor. There will be no real justice and protection of human rights and the rights of nature until a sustainable global peace has been achieved.” ~ Brian J. Trautman

“I know from my lengthy experience as a journalist, researcher, and human being working in various war-torn or recently war-battered countries that all wars inflict terrible, long-lasting damage on all the residents of the war-zone– with the weakest members of society always suffering the most. There is no such thing as a ‘humanitarian’ war. In cases of conflict or bitter oppression, the very best way to mend broken relationships while building a solid basis for a better situation going forward is to use all nonviolent means possible to de-escalate tensions and work for a better life going forward on the basis of the equality and equal worth of all human persons.” ~ Helena Cobban

Zinn on war“Creating a world beyond war may be the noblest endeavor we can work on. Can you imagine what future generations will think if we succeed? We will leave them a world where trillions of dollars are not wasted annually on weapons and war, where tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands are no longer slaughtered in unnecessary wars. Surely we can imagine solving conflicts between nations in a more mature way; we can imagine the human race evolving to a higher consciousness that no longer requires war. We can imagine a world without war, now we have to work toward such a world. It will be a global challenge, uniting the world to accomplish this great new reality.” ~ Kevin Zeese,

“War causes pain, suffering, and gross violations to human needs and rights. War causes a violent domino effect for years to come. Humans have no business being involved in war. We are an evolved species that needs to focus on peace and justice in our world. We must honor and show respect for our planet and all living and nonliving entities. We need to shift away from violence and focus on the beauty of nonviolence. War and destructive violence are not solutions to any problem. War must be ended. When that happens we will lift the pain and suffering of our world and allow humanity to begin to heal. It is time we wake up and raise our thoughts to a higher consciousness. If we do not end war now, it will end us. Call on me. I am ready to help end all war!” ~ Joy Henry

“The future existence of our planet depends upon ending war. War and violence are not a solution to conflict. They contribute to more violence, more death, more poverty, more suffering physically and psychologically, more patriotism, more borders, more ignorance, and more stupidity. How tragic is all of that. The ecology of our planet is in jeopardy and the pollution of the war machine world wide is a huge contributor to climate change.” ~ Ann Tiffany

“I applaud the establishment of a global movement to end all war, but note that citizens of the United States have a special responsibility to make this happen. Since the end of World War II, the U.S. has bombed more than 25 countries. In those 68 years, no other nation has killed and injured more people living outside of its borders. Most Americans remain silent while we spend more on war, and have more soldiers in other countries, than all other nations combined. War and soldiers are glorified in the U.S. Please recognize and honor those who have had the courage to take a public stand against one or more U.S. wars We celebrate these role models in hopes of inspiring other Americans to speak out against war and for peace.” ~ Michael D. Knox, US Peace Memorial Foundation

Steinbeck on war“War, and preparation for war is draining resources that are life giving from countries, statesnd cities. The world we help create is the world we leave for those who come after us. I am committed to living non-violently in response to the violence in my neighborhood, my city, my state, my country, my hemisphere and my world because non-violent love in action is the most powerful force for change that exists.” ~ Joyce Ellwanger

“We need to solve some of the world’s problems like climate change, world hunger, homelessness, income disparity, the influence of money ine lections, destruction of the environment, etc. and stop wasting our resources on killing people and destroying the environment.” ~ Jean Gordon

“The U.S. has become the most egregious war-monger and terrorist nation in the world, as well as the long-time leading purveyor of weapons of war throughout the world, and because here at home, we have 50 million of our citizens living in poverty, one in four children surviving on Food Stamps, a collapsing education system, poor health care, and many other disasters, none of which can be addressed as long as the country keeps pouring trillions of dollars into war and militarism. This madness and criminality must end!” ~ Dave Lindorffleaders start wars and people end wars

“We’re destroying life on earth in all its forms. By supporting war we are creating poverty that includes fear and anxiety about the future which leads to depression, poor health, food insecurity, and homelessnes. People all over the world are experiencing the destructive effects of investing most of our country’s resources in war resulting in the failure to create a healthy, well-educated and secure environment for humanity around the world.” ~ Nancy Schoerke

“The myth that war creates justice, solves problems, improves security and enables peace is absurd. If we weren’t so bombarded with propaganda to the contrary, everyone would know that. We need to insist on a new story, the true story. We must forbid the few to profit from war so that we may all begin to profit from peace.” —Robert Shetterly

“To the extent that today’s world is civilized at all, it’s largely thanks to yesterday’s opponents of war and misery: the soldiers who refused to fight, the civilians who refused to accept war and occupation, and all those who worked for a global order based on peace and equity. Yet the institutions and forces that produce war have not been eradicated. Today we must build an international movement that will not only prevent future wars but transform the very structures on which war, militarism, and imperial domination are based. This struggle will not be won quickly, but in the process even small acts and partial victories can help save numerous lives.” ~ Kevin Young

warAs a very young man I signed a declaration ~ ‘I renounce war and will never support another’. That was in 1939 and I have maintained this stand throughout the whole period, including WW2, as a Conscientious Objector.Worked to achieve Peace since. It is necessary for individuals to take this stand and maintain it. War never solves anything – it accentuates any problem, whatever it is, and makes matters worse. There is no moral or humanitarian justification for it.” ~ Donald Saunders

“We still carry ancient beliefs from thousands and thousands of years ago when war was the only thing known. We have options now. This organization will help shift the collective consciousness toward greater humanity and peace. War has indoctrinated the U.S. government as well as other countries. There is no integral intention that exists behind war. It is a contradiction and therefor useless. Its time to evolve greatly. ‘Love precious humanity’” ~ Leslie Naugle

“I want a world without war. War never works it just kills. I want my children to never have to have a close contact with war. I want my children and future generations to grow up free and in a peaceful world. War is not freedom it is a malignant force imposed by men in power. We must change the views of people in power now and let them know that in a diplomatic and peaceful way issues can be solved.” ~ Ana Martins

“I am working with the higher education system in Afghanistan. My work in this world is teaching and serving as a role model for peace, particularly in this environment that has been devastated by the ravages of 30+ years of horrific conflict. I have a number of close Afghan friends and they, probably more than any people I have ever met, want peace for themselves, their families and their country. I am privileged to know them and am inspired by their endurance and resilience. Endless war serves only to enrich those who champion it and it is long past time that it be stopped.” ~ James Stapp

either we end war or it will end us“Why must we work to end all war? War keeps us from progressing as a race. We can’t reach a point of sustainability with war taking up so much of our time. It attributes to the division of wealth providing greater conflict between classes and it hands over authority to the wealthy class. It makes them richer while the working class is left to die. War need to end because it’s a tool used to control the masses with fear. It distracts us from the problems within the social hierarchical systems that have been established. We must end all war because we’ll never have peace without it. War is expensive and destroys makes the economy unstable. War is a tool of capital gain, it’s marketable and from youth we are encouraged to take and defend our ruling authority without question. There are other ways to solve conflicts. Civilians are the ones who suffer the most damage. War and violence is terrible for you Psyche due to the traumatizing events. And Finally the main reason we should end all war is because it will kill us if we don’t.” ~ Jessica Gartner

“While I was always aware that there was a sickness that pervades every social institution I just could not make the connection to myself and this ‘sickness’ until my beautiful child was murdered in the ‘theater’ of ‘War’. This experience was eviscerating. I was disgorged of this ‘sickness’. I could see that ‘war’ is just goddamn MEAN. It bears no resemblance to what lives in my heart and mind so why was I able to accept it as a way of life? Why was I able to accept my son being part of a force for death…for entropy? I see it all clearly now, though. There is a deep sickness that pervades all social institutions and these sicknesses have made us mentally ‘disturbed’ – working out of balance with the gift of life. My granddaughter, Eva, is now four and has no father. She has no protector in this mean world where men prey upon life with a sense of entitlement that desires are to be quenched at all costs. Who will protect my granddaughter now? Through the physical death of my beloved son I have learned that misogyny is the root of warring behavior – and this thought process, this behavior is just goddamn mean.” ~ Jamie Santos

1914 to 2014 unending warWar takes people’s lives and destroys property, but it does not resolve the world’s problems. If anything is achieved through war, it is to plant the seeds for the next violent conflict as the vanquished and their children will usually not accept the outcome.” ~ Bruce Van Voorhis

“It’s time, at this 100-year anniversary of the start of World War I, for us all to join together to fight only war itself.” ~ Marie Reinsdorf

“We’ve given war its chance and it failed us miserably leaving us morally hollow, financially destitute and rightfully mistrusted and hated throughout the world. There is only one evolutionalry choice now which can lead to universal peace and harmony ~ let’s give peace a chance: Allen L Roland



About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].

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11 Responses to "Give Peace A Chance"

  1. jake gittes  February 19, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Ev’rybody’s talkin’ ’bout
    Revolution, Evolution, Masturbation, Flagellation, Regulation,
    Integrations, mediations, United Nations, congratulations
    All we are saying is give peace a chance
    All we are saying is give peace a chance…

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    Anybody know where GG Liddy was on Dec. 8, 1980?

  2. ani  February 18, 2014 at 1:05 am

    “I’m tired of the militarization of our police force, the glorification of the military and the humanization of war at the expense of peace, altruism and social cooperation ~ which also happen to be the driving tenets of evolution.”

    From the vantage point of my life, and the lives of our children, I see the process of our civilisation-NOT to be the GLAMOURISING of war creating ELITES from poor but smart/physically fit kids, dehumanising them and at the same time calling them HEROES.

    Today Australia awarded the Victoria Cross to a young but very deceased young man who showed extreme bravery in Afghanistan, but did not survive. His family awarded his medals etc to the War Museum, expressing gratitude to the SYSTEM for ALL the support they have received.

    I do not wish to take away one iota from the suffering of this family, or the heroism of the young man concerned.

    It is just that I have lived thru a Lifetime of suffering, beginning with my parents’ experiences in WWll, then Australia’s involvement with Vietnam and ‘it’ has NEVER ended, despite ALL the earnest efforts of SO MANY of my generation.

    Given that I was born in December 1948, I believe that if the UN was truly sincere, then all wars would have been stopped.

    We have ALL the knowledge and resources and technology and RELATIONSHIP TECHNIQUES to STOP terrorism in its tracks.

    So, what is WRONG with the picture of life as we are shown it?

  3. John Kirby  February 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm


    In October 1917 a small group of intellectual Jewish murderers siezed power (from the original March revolutionary government) in Russia. They immediaely set about executing any political oppositition, then any doubters, then just anybody they didn’t like. It was by far the most evil regime amongst many 20th century competitors. I would have fought in a war to destroy that regime.

    I hate to see America persuing endless wars aginst Israel’s enemies, but we have to stand up for what is right, so now the battle is political and is against the instigators of these wars, the Zionists, Jews again. You have to be blind not to see this, but who dares say it?

  4. Mike Kay  February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Mr. Roland,
    You will find few disagreements with the conclusions of these great minds here.
    Unfortunately, the world is not run by great minds, it is run by deranged psychopaths who prey upon innocence, and delight in the pain and misery they inflict on others. As a psychological professional, I’m certain you are aware of the personality types I discuss here, and I defy anyone to explain the condition of the world in any other way.
    Deranged psychopaths cannot be cured, Mr. Roland. There is no prescription of love, tolerance, and humanity that can transform them into real humans. The only thing that can be done with them is to remove them from positions of power, and place them in a zoo, so that the rest of humanity can identify the kind of monkeys that create chemtrails, endless war, banks, and corporations.
    All the protests, all the marches, all the raising of awareness is a waste of time unless the predators are removed from their ability to be predators.
    Its really just that simple.

    • Allen L Roland  February 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      Quite true, Mike but we can vote them out of office and power ~ never underestimate the power of an angry and committed fifth estate.

    • Chandler  February 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      We can vote them out if we had a collective mind with one goal. Mike Kay is right though, they are psychopaths by choice playing games with others’s lives. They don’t give a damn about any of us. So why should we care much about them? Vote them out, and I hope VT is on the front lines when the elections come around.

    • ani  February 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      voting them out is no longer an adequate solution, since politicians of all stars, stripes and colours today are not statesmen and women who have at heart the Good of the Planet and all its Life forms.

      Global Big Business and the Banksters run the show, and what do the people do about them?

      No. I’m afraid it is rich versus poor; might is right and we must nevertheless all do what we can to change the modus operandi.

      One of the very real problems I have identified, and some commentators here have said the same-the populations en masse have been so dumbed down and made dependent on the nanny state they have NIL idea of their own gifts, strengths and creative potentials.

      Keep up the great conversations Mike, Allen and Chandler.

    • Mike Kay  February 18, 2014 at 4:46 pm

      Education has been at the forefront of the plan to destroy human faculties. Bertrand Russel, in Science and Society, written in 1950, lays out the goals of his educational system in an allegory; forcing students to “call snow black”.
      Success would be measured, by the acceptance of such cognitive dissonance, and its repetition.
      So, we find the rise of the deranged psychopath right after WW2.
      I.Q. scores in America have been dropping for decades.
      The media leads, directs viewers how to think and feel, and the public believes they are informed rather than programed. Corporations are now moving directly into education, with the purpose of profiting while controlling the curriculum, and avoiding accountability for this move, while forcing a false accountability on teachers and students. Note, the administration gets a bye.
      Further, any attempt toward rational discourse is always attacked, even on this comment board, with the intent of derailing the conversation.
      Education is now up to the individual, and with resources being withdrawn from libraries, from the internet, this education is more precious with each passing year.
      So, yes, It certainly is a strategic goal to dumb down the public, a clandestine strategic goal.

    • GregDiablo  February 18, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Quoting Mark Passio on the subject of voting “How OLD are you?”

      I find it hard to believe that any rational, thinking person of your years could make such a childish statement.

  5. Chandler  February 17, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    War is a failure of leadership. As GHW Bush said in his 1988 RNC speech, “…strength and clarity lead to peace – weakness and ambivalence leads to war. Weakness and clarity lead to war.” Today this administration cannot even be honest about where the president was born. It has been anything but honest with its own people. We do not show strength, or clarity, and most certainly show a great deal of ambivalence. Benghazi has not even been explained despite knowing how Ambassador Stevens lost his life along with other Americans.
    How can we defend anything if we don’t know the truth? We the People, are the masters of our own destiny and yet we avoid demanding accountability and respect. The president works for us…we do not work for him. Again, We the People…are the masters of our destiny. This is our country…of birth, our home, our monuments, our white house, our memorials, our Arlington national cemetery, our children, our forefathers, our equipment, our traditions, our culture, our borders, our loses—our….Give peace a chance, by strength and clarity. We the People, await!

    • Chandler  February 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Sorry…second line “Weakness and ambivalence lead to war.” Sorry for this typo.

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