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11/10/2013

Veterans Day Newsletter: Finding the Roots of Global Conflict

Mark Pilisuk
Mark Pilisuk

The most effective way we can help our soldiers, of course, is to not send them to wars they don’t need to fight.

Identifying the causes of those wars, and how to stop them, is one of the goals of Saybrook faculty member Marc Pilisuk’s book, Who Benefits from Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System.  

Pilisuk and co-author Jennifer Rountree (a Saybrook graduate) examine the way in which distribution of resources and a lack of accountability create war, poverty, and environmental destruction.

The book uses scholarship hailing from across disciplines, combined with information from investigative journalism and watchdog groups, to shed light on the corrupting influence of centralized power and its effects.

Fixing these problems may mean the difference between war and peace.

“The thousands of soldiers who return home with lasting emotional scars, loss of limbs , traumatic brain injury, the massive group of women and men sexually traumatized by their military superiors, the families  and communities of the harmed soldiers are the too frequently minimized casualties of wars begun without any input from them,” said Dr. Pilisuk.  “Many died and many were involved in the killing of large numbers of people whose identities they will never know. The financial costs of weapons development means insufficient funds for education, housing and health care including care for veterans. The wars are not accidents but rather products of the decisions of a small group of strategic military planners and transnational corporate officials who claim the benefits and distort the media so that wars look necessary. Those who have been hurt deserve a chance to see just how this elite group of military and economic exploiters actually operates.”

Posted at 10:54 PM

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