Olympia FOR YouTube Videos on the Cost of War

February 2013 ITTP Cracks the Cycle of Trauma in World Conflicts http://youtu.be/RNEAnLkKUTs The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s February 2013 TV program explores the extent and dynamics of wars and other violent conflicts that cause trauma, how traumatized people suffer, and what they need for recovery these concerns.  The Olympia-based International Trauma Treatment Program (ITTP) approaches this work with special insights and sensitivities, so it has worked more effectively than many typical organizations and agencies.  Our two guests, Dr. John Van Eenwyk and Ayman Nijim have worked extensively in this field.

November 2012:  “Militarism is the Problem, Not the Solution” http://youtu.be/00g6APTcSM4 Since World War II – and especially since the Soviet Union collapsed more than 20 year ago – the US has been the world’s #1 military power.  And, indeed, the US has used that military power continuously since the 1940s in many places throughout the world. Militarism is always promoted as the solution.  But what if militarism is actually the problem?  What if excessive militarism actually hurts the U.S.?  This is the question that two well-informed guests explore during the Olympia FOR’s November TV program, which you can watch at any time into the future on www.olympiafor.org. Rather than protect our nation, excessive militarism is harming our nation.  To save the U.S., we must scale back our militarism.

October 2011 Active Duty Troops and Veterans Work for Peace http://youtu.be/8AY-XKJQBU4 While the peace movement opposes wars and our violent foreign policy, we recognize that the individuals who currently serve in the military – or who have served in the military – deserve human rights just like anyone else.  When the military establishment hurts them, they need to protect their rights.  Also, some active duty troops and veterans find various ways to work for peace – sometimes at great personal risk.
This month’s TV program examines these concerns and focuses on Coffee Strong (www.coffeestrong.org), a GI coffee house near Fort Lewis, which is now called Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  Coffee Strong describes itself as “pro-soldier, anti-war.” Our TV program discusses the activities of Coffee Strong and a number of other groups that work with active duty troops, veterans, and others from peace perspectives.  We affirm commonalities among them and the peace movement.

April 2011 Soldiers’ Wounds-One Cost of War That Never Ends http://youtu.be/2w7Z64bWIEQ The Olympia FOR’s April TV program focuses specifically on how war hurts the people who fight and their families. Despite people’s glib rhetoric that soldiers are “heroes,” the truth is that every combat soldier is wounded in several ways. Our nation must be mature enough to recognize these human costs and responsible enough to cover the costs.
Wars damage the people on all sides, and we must take responsibility to heal the people on all sides. Our two guests –Dr. Dennis Mills and Mark Fleming volunteer as independent accredited VA claims agents to help active duty GIs and military veterans protect their rights and get the benefits that they deserve. You can find one or both of them on most Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm
at Coffee Strong, 15107 Union Ave SW, Lakewood WA.

April 2009 Nuclear Weapons http://youtu.be/fX2LwgE2aP8 Despite the end of the Cold War two decades ago, nuclear weapons still threaten the world.

December 2007 Terrorism and the Challenge of Asymmetrical War
http://youtu.be/P7-36x_JAHU Glen Anderson and Dr. Steve Niva discuss the challenges of an asymmetrical war and why the U.S. can't win the war in Iraq. Dr. Niva is a Middle Eastern studies expert at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA. Taped in December 2007, but still very relevant today considering the expanding war effort in Afghanistan.

November 2007 Korea: a History of U.S. Intervention http://youtu.be/p3zNdXBjEQs Larry Kerschner and Glen Anderson discuss the history of U.S. intervention in Korea. Recorded November 2007 at TCTV.

September 2005 This War’s True Cost http://youtu.be/yvQGYL9Cf9k Laurie Davis, Ivan Gonzalez, and Emily Lardner discuss the true cost of the Iraq War.

The True Cost of War - Rep. Dennis Kucinich     
http://youtu.be/Te56p70APnw Rep. Dennis Kucinich spoke on "The True Cost of War" on Presidents Day to a packed audience in Olympia WA. The event was sponsored by the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation and Veterans for Peace - Rachel Corrie Chapter 109.

Jobs, Not Wars  http://youtu.be/kTkPb60Cznk Cut military spending. Use the savings to fund human needs and create jobs. Convert from a war economy to a peace economy.  Zoltan Grossman: Excessive U.S. militarism around the world. Tony Lee: Shift federal budget priorities to fund human needs. Glen Anderson: Converting to a peace economy would create more jobs.

Malalai Joya: a Woman Among Warlords http://youtu.be/xkBNVIcnbsc Malalai Joya, a former Afghanistan Parliament member, shared how she wants our war and our support for warlords to end. Peace Action of WA sponsored her presentation at TESC on April 5, 2011