The Cornerstone of Peace

In 1995, the Okinawa government erected a memorial monument named the Cornerstone of Peace in Mabuni, the site of the last fighting in southeastern Okinawa. The memorial lists all the known names of those who died in the battle, civilian and military, Japanese and foreign. As of June 2008, it contains 240,734 names including 382 Koreans.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okinawa 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Downfall

The decision made by the United States of America to use the first nuclear weapon in a time of war… was made out of an intense desire for PEACE.

It wasn’t used to start a war. It wasn’t used to liberate another country. It wasn’t used in an act of aggression against a foreign country in an attempt to take away their land.

The Pacific Campaign that played out through the summer of 1945 proved to be some of the most horrific battles of the entirety of the Second World War. The People of the Empire of the Rising Sun demonstrated how far they were willing to go to secure their victory… and it would be at all costs.

Okinawa comes to mind. Where women and children took their own lives… rather than risk surrender to the advancing Allied Forces.

Millions of men, women, and children. ARMED. In defense of the Japanese Homeland. The invasion would have taken the lives of millions of American soldiers, as well as millions of Japanese civilians.

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That theoretical invasion of the Japanese mainland would have taken the lives of Russian soldiers as well. The participation of the Soviet Union in that strategy would have been essential to its success, just as it was in ending the European Conflict.

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Allied in a war, where we fought side-by-side with the Soviet Union. Engaged in a struggle, where we fought UNITED, in defense of modern civilization. Against Nazism and everything that resembles it. Against aggression… against true evil.

The United States and Russia. UNITED. Fighting together in a struggle for the survival of HUMANITY.

Three-quarters of a century later… our nations are not the same as they once were. These are not the countries our grandparents once knew, and nor should they be. That’s one of the lessons we’ve learned from that war. Things MUST change… or we will continue to suffer through the SAME THINGS.

Their country is not the same…

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… just as our country is not the same.

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With time our values and ideals have CHANGED. We no longer see things as they once were. But no matter how many decades have passed, there is ONE overarching principle that will never change:

The People of the United States of America will never support or defend anyone aligned with the ideals of the Nazi Party.

Those organizations we’ve helped to develop and continue to support to this day, would never support or defend anyone aligned with the ideals of the Nazi Party.

The People of the United States of America STILL BELIEVE in the commitments established at the close of the Second World War, and we hold them as sacrosanct in furtherance of our foreign diplomacy.

I may be but ONE, but I know I speak for the MAJORITY when I say… we will not support any leader who has shown themselves to be in any way, a supporter of the ideals of the Nazi Party.

Once they’ve shown themselves to be, they are OUTCAST. Those values are not the values of a people who yearn to LIVE FREE. The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, and Happiness, as laid out in our Founding Documents, is unattainable under the rule of any leader adhering to the beliefs of the Nazi Party.

And the Armed Forces of the United States of America will continue to STAND READY to defeat those ideals… wherever they arise.

Just as they were in August of 1945.

A war, into which we were pulled kicking and screaming… we did not seek to start that conflict. We sought the means to bring it to an end.

To secure PEACE. Not just for ourselves… but for the Soviet Union as well. For ALL Humanity. For all of HISTORY, as it will be written for generations to come.

That chapter has now been written. Our great-grandchildren will learn of our struggles and see that our Alliance stood for Just Principles… for all time.

Today, we write what comes NEXT in that story.
Chapter and verse… it is ours to decide.

The People of the Russian Federation must know… they must be made to understand. In this moment, The United States will NOT utilize our first-strike capabilities. We decided long ago, that’s not what those weapons should be used for… they are a deterrent to war.

The United States of America will never START a Nuclear War…

… because we know how it would end.

The only winning move is… NOT to play.

I believe The People of the Russian Federation feel the SAME WAY…
Regardless of what their leaders might say.

-JC

Us and Them

Forgive me if what I say is seen as offensive… but I say these things only because I take offense to their INACTION.

What good does the North Atlantic Treaty Organization do us if it’s unable to prevent the death and displacement of 40 million people?

What value does the United Nations provide us if they stand SILENT as it happens?

(@3:10 in the video) “None of the U.N. agencies seem to be able to call out the aggressor by name.” 

Who would want to be part of the European Union, if they are so weak as to allow ONE MAN to invade another sovereign nation?

What State wouldn’t call for an end to this Union, if 40 million Ukrainian Civilians were left to fight a Nuclear Superpower ALONE… as our B-52 Bombers sit rotting on the tarmac.

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The threat of World War III isn’t upon us… that threat has already PASSED. It’s already here. ONE MAN has declared it so, as he disregarded 80 years of progress toward peace and security.

The shots have already been fired. We are IN that fight as of this moment. Whether we choose to engage, whether we choose to ignore… that fight has arrived, and it will be seen throughout history as our CHOICE.

The decisions we made. The actions we took. The lines we allowed to be crossed… the RESULTS of our decisions. Etched in stone. Memorialized annually, at cemeteries throughout the WORLD.

Where World Leaders will trot out, inconvenienced by the RAIN and SNOW, and give impassioned speeches… shedding tears as an aged soldier stands and salutes…

“If ONLY they had acted! If ONLY they had known!”

—Some Future President

… of some future organization or republic. Looking BACK through tear-stained eyes. Proudly speaking of their future. Proclaiming NEVER AGAIN… as it has been done, so many times before…

And those failed unions and organizations will be dissolved… PROUDLY, as they allowed the carnage to occur. Indicted and convicted, in the hearts and minds of every future historian, as the ultimate cause… of a WAR that was allowed to happen.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/League_of_Nations

Hitler’s actions didn’t start WWII. Tanks and planes may have invaded those first few countries, but it was allowed to happen… with the stroke of a PEN.

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It was all allowed to happen. Inside Hallowed Halls. Behind ancient WOODEN DESKS. They SAT… and millions died.

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The League of Nations did great work… until they did not.

NATO saved countless lives… until they did not.

The United Nations helped keep the peace… until they did not.

The United States of America was the Home of the BRAVE…

… until it was not.

If ONLY they had known! If ONLY they had ACTED… but sadly, they could not.

They FEARED what might come from their actions, instead of doing what was RIGHT. Instead of doing what was necessary… to prevent what would come, if they did not ACT.

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“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

And for what would it happen, when it could have been so easily avoided…

The words written, on the automobile license plates of the Great State of New Hampshire come to mind… ‘Live FREE or Die’.

Now, why don’t we back down off this LEDGE… before someone really gets hurt.

-JC

#StandWithUkraine🇺🇦

The End of an Era

President Biden has now laid out in some detail, what the consequences will be if Vladimir Putin decides to invade Ukraine. He has done so on multiple occasions. And now… he believes President Putin has made a CHOICE.

Vladimir Putin has decided to bring about an end to the Post-Cold War Era and disregard all the progress we have made. He has concluded that the ‘Cold’ aspect of the Cold War was insufficient. As he sees it, there remain some issues that cannot be resolved without force. In his eyes… he sees no choice but to act unilaterally.

So let us bid farewell, to the diplomatic understanding we’ve established between our two nations, over the course of these last 30 years. To the interdependence we’ve created and the scientific advancements we’ve realized, as well as the shared economic prosperity that comes from a PEACEFUL competition between two technologically advanced nations.

As President Biden said… this is the path Vladimir Putin has CHOSEN to pursue.

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https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/partners_us_russian_cooperation_in_human_spaceflight.pdf

Our choices have consequences, every one of us. Our LEADERS are no exception. Whether elected by the VOTE of the people or NOT… they too, can be removed from their positions. Either by TIME or by the people… eventually, that time comes for us ALL.

A war of CHOICE only hastens the arrival of that day. 

The consequences of their actions are felt by the people they leave behind after their descent. They linger, long after the conflict has ended, and they are never forgotten… no matter how much TIME has passed.

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https://www.amnestyusa.org/reports/canada-urged-to-arrest-and-prosecute-george-w-bush/

We know what becomes of Leaders who support a war of CHOICE… a war started based on LIES. A Master Class on deception was presented to the American People in the lead up to the War in Iraq, and for a time it worked. We believed our President when he said there was a threat.

But The People of the United States of America soundly REJECTED the idea of supporting a war of CHOICE just two election cycles later. Senator Hillary Clinton voted FOR the invasion… Senator Obama did NOT.

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https://www.politico.com/story/2008/01/obama-beats-hillary-over-head-with-iraq-008248

The People reaffirmed that position in 2016.

Twenty years later we can see where they LIED, and we can state with CONVICTION— the American People will not support a war of CHOICE… and we will not support those who do.

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Let our story STAND as a cautionary tale for those who would CHOOSE war over diplomacy. Did the United States achieve any of our initial objectives? Have we secured more LAND or more RESOURCES? On the contrary. Our War on Terror has decidedly produced the opposite effect… for those who started the war, and for The People who continue to PAY for it.

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Our standing on the World Stage… tarnished. Our authority on issues of World Peace and National Security… diminished. Because we were blinded by patriotism and a manipulated sense of duty, we forgot the reason we were already at war. We were supposed to be fighting a group of ideologically radicalized individuals who attacked us without provocation.

For their own self-interest. For their own warped sense of reality.

Our Leaders ignored that lesson and chose to engage in a war of vengeance, a war of convenience… a war of CHOICE. And now, twenty years later… those SCARS are forever part of the fabric that makes up our society. Decisions made by FORMER Leaders that will continue to shape our future… long after their TIME has come and gone.

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War, whether justified or not, brings with it unintended consequences. The vulgarity and the brutality on full display, will ironically highlight the HUMANITY of those involved in the conflict. In the wake of Blitzkrieg or Shock-and-Awe lies devastation. Lives shattered and infrastructure destroyed.

What comes AFTER those fires are extinguished will shine brightly, contrasted against the haze sparked by the aggressors. Schools leveled; children left hungry. Diaspora… overwhelming loss and need. Even if those images are restricted, in time the World will learn of those actions. In time… everyone will be able to SEE.

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Those images can touch the souls of every person… regardless of race, color, or creed. They can strengthen the resolve of those who stand opposed to the aggressors, and they can inspire CHANGE on a global scale.

For out of the ashes will grow HOPE. Out of necessity… to ensure it can never happen again.

After the conclusion of WWII, African Americans who served abroad as Free Men, came home to a Jim Crow segregated South. Twenty years later, those who fought for Liberty abroad, joined in the fight for the same thing HERE… and they secured their Right to Vote.

Women, who had stepped up to fill the void in our workforce as our G.I.’s went off to war, felt slighted when they were sent ‘back to the kitchen’ as our soldiers came home. But Liberty, once seen cannot be forgotten. Liberation was the cause they took up in the wake of aggression… a fight, that continues to this day.

Let there be NO DOUBT. Vladimir Putin’s war of CHOICE will produce the same. It will be the catalyst of change, both at HOME and ABROAD… and our WORLD will never be the same.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-04/russia-captures-no-2-rank-among-foreign-oil-suppliers-to-u-s

All that stands between us and the ash-heap of history… is our WORD. Our BOND. The principals for which we continue to STAND. Where is it written that we should COWER in the face of aggression, for FEAR of what may come?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_weapons_and_Ukraine

Every word I’ve ever seen written on the subject, demands that we STAND STRONG and do everything within our power to avoid war… whatever the COST might be. Our ACTIONS in this moment will determine the future of the Post-War Era… so too, will our INACTION.

We cannot control the actions of others; we can only control the actions of ourselves. And one day… we will be judged based on those actions.

A war of CHOICE only hastens the arrival of that day.

-JC

Where Should We Draw the Line.

Is there an ‘acceptable level’?

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https://thehill.com/homenews/531242-pennsylvania-trump-supporter-charged-with-voter-fraud 


Because we ALL know, if we look real hard…

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https://www.kcrg.com/2020/12/13/internal-audit-of-2020-iowa-caucuses-points-blame-at-national-democratic-party/


… we can definitely find it!

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https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/14/16640082/donna-brazile-warren-bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-rigged

How deep of a dive should we take?

 

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https://www.chron.com/politics/texas/article/Voting-machine-errors-changed-some-Texans-13339298.php


To what lengths should we go to find “fraud”?



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https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/report_volume5.pdf

And who’s to say, if that evidence doesn’t fit a particular narrative…

would it even be heard?

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When people decide they want to go around and start throwing stones…

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https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/02/ted-cruz-electoral-college-challenge-453430


… we should always consider the SOURCE of that violence.


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https://www.marketwatch.com/story/lawmakers-who-take-the-most-money-from-the-gun-rights-lobby-2017-10-03

Because at the end of the day, we ALL know what the problem IS

 

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html

Our elected officials work for the people who got them elected…

THE DONORS.

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https://www.npr.org/2019/09/27/764879242/nra-was-foreign-asset-to-russia-ahead-of-2016-new-senate-report-reveals

And those DONORS invest in these candidates, not to advance the agendas of the American People, but to further their own agendas…

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/how-a-mcconnell-backed-effort-to-lift-russian-sanctions-boosted-a-kentucky-project/2019/08/13/72b26e00-b97c-11e9-b3b4-2bb69e8c4e39_story.html


… by gaining access to opportunity and KNOWLEDGE.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/19/us/politics/richard-burr-stocks-sold-coronavirus.html

One side of this Constitutional debate is CORRUPT, while the other side is inept due to CORRUPTION…

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https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5541

… all while ignoring the opinion of the MAJORITY of this nation.

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/nov/01/republican-senators-oppose-clinton-supreme-court-nominee

Just as it was in 2016, the rules of this contest were written well in advance. To change them NOW, after the fact, dishonors the Will of every American who voted this November.

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/03/trump-republicans-reject-biden-win-expose-flawed-democracy-column/4118231001/

Our future National Security lies in the hands of elected officials who are BEHOLDEN to CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS, and they have shown they are willing to go to great lengths to satisfy those interests above all else.

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https://www.npr.org/2016/07/21/486874336/cruz-says-he-wont-be-a-servile-puppy-dog-to-trump-campaign


Who’s to say where they will STAND tomorrow.

-JC

(Page layout and structure updated 11/20/2021 -JC)

“Eyes Open, No Fear.”

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The Great Frieze of the Liberty Memorial, sculptor Edmond Amateis.

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“These have dared bare the torches of sacrifice and service.

Their bodies return to dust but their work liveth evermore.

Let us strive to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among

Ourselves and with all nations.”

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The Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO.

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The winged sphinx, Memory, faces east, hiding its face from the horrors of the European battlefields. Its partner, Future (pictured), faces west, hiding its eyes from a future yet unseen.

 

Seventy-five years ago, courage was defined on a chalk-white beachhead off the coast of France. Today, we pay tribute to the fallen, give thanks to the survivors, and remember the unimaginable that they faced THAT MORNING, seventy-five years ago.

They were called, by a higher calling. Yes, a command was given by a man, but that order was put forth by the supreme counsel that sits in judgment of us all. And those who would rise to the occasion when that order was passed down, were rewarded with the HONOR and GLORY that comes with such an act of sacrifice.

Today, we are the inheritors of their bounty.

Our WORLD remains FREE, because their CONTINENT REMAINS FREE. And we remember their BRAVERY and what they faced that morning, not to be boastful or to intimidate. We honor and remember that morning so it may never happen again… it must NEVER happen again.

 

A CLASH of technology and warfare made the FIRST WORLD WAR a testament to the fragility of the human form; as well as a showcase for the depravity and ingenuity of the human mind, to conceive so many ways to do harm.

FORGETTING THE PAST, as horrifying as it was, seemed the best way to avoid it happening again. Apathy. Lethargy, protectionism and isolationism. BLIND IGNORANCE in the face of apparent hostility…

The monument shows us HOW they failed.

The echoes of our ancestors tell us how we should proceed. THEIR failures are now OUR TREASURE. Their ignorance need not be OURS to bear… we have seen that show before, and we KNOW HOW IT ENDS:

Today, we CELEBRATE a HARD FOUGHT PEACE. May it STAND for seventy-five MORE!

 

JC