Veterans for Peace Director Michael McPherson Balances War with Peace with Dr. Marissa


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Show Title: Veterans for Peace Director Michael McPherson Balances War with Peace with Dr. Marissa

Description: Almost a hundred years ago the world celebrated peace as a universal principal. The first World War had just ended and nations mourning their dead collectively called for an end to all wars. Armistice Day was born and was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” After World War II, the U.S. Congress decided to rebrand November 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Veterans For Peace has taken the lead in lifting up the original intention of November 11th – as a day for peace. As veterans we know that a day that celebrates peace, not war, is the best way to honor the sacrifices of veterans. We want generations after us to never know the destruction war has wrought on people and the earth. AND that is why I had to invite Executive Director of Veterans for Peace Michael McPherson on the show…because I want to help return Veteren’s Day into a worldwide call for peace that was originally spurred by universal revulsion at the huge slaughter of World War One. Michael educated Dr. Marissa on both the severity of the negative impact of war and killing on the individuals who serve, who will never be the same no matter how ‘justified’ the killings are, and the systemic issues that come with being a “presence” in other countries…how we contribute to the wars we participate in. That those who serve, including himself and his son, have the most to give and the least to receive. Dr. Marissa then “puts the moose on the table” about the problems we still have from the Civil War, black and white, rich and poor, have and have nots which fuel the rising unrest in America. His “Big Picture” view as well as proposed solutions earn him Dr. Marissa’s Beneficial Presence on the Planet Award! Episode sponsored by

Release Date: November 1, 2016