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Rick Santorum is a United States Presidential Candidate — and a Warmonger

January 19, 2012

How to Recognize a Warmonger….and How to Treat Them

WARMONGER

Rick Santorum - Presidential Candidate

Former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum is a warmonger. On 1 January 2012 on “Meet the Press” he said about Iranian nuclear facilities that if he were to become President, “We will degrade those facilities through airstrikes, and make it very public that we are doing that.”

In this country of free people he must be allowed to be a candidate for the highest leadership office in the land. He should also, however, REGULARLY be outed by all responsible media as a warmonger.  And all citizens in tune with their humanity should, on that single fact alone, reject his candidacy outright, strenuously, and vocally.

Presidential candidate Santorum is not the only self-identified warmonger running for the highest office in the land. Texas Governor Rick Perry has stated that were he to become President he would reinvade Iraq. But Governor Santorum so clearly illustrates how to define and spot a warmonger that he serves as role model.

If the citizens of the world want peace, they must learn to identify and quarantine warmongers. No warmonger should ever be allowed into a position of significant leadership affecting decisions of war and peace.

In the DVD “No More War: the Human Potential for Peace,” I defined a warmonger as a leader who so desires to dominate others in his (or her) world–be that a small tribal world or a world that spans continents–that they are willing to kill other human beings to do it. They kill or get others to kill for them.

Domination/control allows the aggressor access to valuable resources that belonged to the defeated people, or the ability to force upon the defeated a worldview that benefits, in the long term, the agenda of the aggressor. War is an act that serves to magnify the aggressor’s power.  

Warmongers do not raise an army in defense when attacked, action that while tragic is arguably necessary.  They stir up a war. They demonize some other humans, assure their tribal members or society that those other humans are a mortal threat that can only be dealt with by taking up weapons to kill. No other means, such as sanctions, community isolation, negotiation or compromise, will do, they argue. Whatever problems exist between the groups can only be solved by killing. By war.

The DVD also points out that in all societies, the percentage of men who are actually warmongers is extremely small. (Warmongers are overwhelmingly men. Viewed historically, the percentage of powerful women who launch wars is tiny – see Women, Power, and the Biology of Peace, Hand 2003). The vast majority of all humans, male or female, have no desire to band together to go kill other people. Making war is the desire of a tiny few, who by these acts seek power and domination.

Quoting from the DVD regarding the warmongers among us, “We need to recognize, leash, and muzzle them before they lead us into wars. They are a tail that has been wagging the dog for far too long.”

We don’t need to suffer the agonies and destruction of armed, killing conflicts. We can choose otherwise. And key to successfully creating a future without war is the ability to recognize and reject the alarmist, self-serving cries of warmongers.

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