This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

Paying for atrocities

If you are angry about U.S. and NATO aircraft bombing and destroying a Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, and if you think President Obama is guilty of war crimes, then include in that category many of our congressional representatives and senators. They vote for funding the Pentagon’s criminal adventures and aggression worldwide. Also include all the U.S. taxpayers who help pay for these atrocities. Why do we remain silent in this age of universal deceit promoted by the mainstream media and paid for by corporate America? Why don’t we seek to influence our representatives in Congress?

Since 45 percent of our federal income taxes are used for warmaking and militarism (according to the War Resisters League, some estimate up to 54 percent) shouldn’t we taxpayers consider refusing to pay the portion of our income taxes that go to war?

Daniel Riehl
Ephrata, Pa.

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