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When I Was 22, I Went to War

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: John, Kerry, Iran, nuclear, deal, success, failure, vindication, diplomacy )

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For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight.


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Sam H (410)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 7:36 am
"When I was 22, I went to war," said the Vietnam veteran who later served 29 years in the Senate. He choked up briefly before regaining his composure. "I went to war and it became clear to me that I never wanted to go to war again."

All present were struck by the comments, lead U.S. nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman said.

"That's what this was all about, trying to settle these matters through diplomacy and peaceful means," she said. "And it was such a moving moment that everybody in that small room applauded, including the Iranian delegation, and everyone had tears in their eyes."

Julia Cabrera-Woscek (0)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 8:42 am
Powerful , powerful moment. I bet those words were market in all presents memory and heart.

Kathleen Mireault (211)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 9:34 am
Very powerful moment! Now comes the really difficult part, dealing with warmongering, boneheaded congressional yahoos. Good luck, Kerry! Thanks for posting, Sam.

Carol R (11)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 10:12 am
Thanks Sam.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 10:54 pm
I only ask God
that war doesn't be indifferent to me,
it is a huge monster and tramples on hard
all the poor innocence of people
Song of Leon Gieco - Solo le pido a Dios
Noted. Thanks Sam

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 11:15 pm

Inge Bjorkman (202)
Sunday July 19, 2015, 11:48 pm
No war for me, no soldiers, no police, no violence at all, no mad politician or religious leader,
do you not understand? we are tricked to participate in a world no one really wants to live in.
I refused all this and now I'm living in paradise.

Love, Peace and Happiness

Evelyn B (61)
Monday July 20, 2015, 5:10 am
I admit to hoping that Kerry doesn't get a Nobel Peace award ... Yes, he has managed to steer the treaty process through very troubled waters, in this case at least. And I am very glad for this ....

But he was not alone in that steering, and he has had little success in other peace processes that are also of critical importance.

The hawks are out there, if they can sabotage the treaty, they will. War is a very profitable business, far more so than peace. In the minds of many, it also brings power, glory, status ....

I do believe that there are many more who distrust conflict, war ... but some of them are tricked by those who use fear to blind them & make them compliant with war-mongers' intentions.

Lona G (67)
Monday July 20, 2015, 7:57 am
As I've commented before on Care2 in the past year or so, I've come to admire Kerry for his perseverance and excellent diplomatic and negotiating skills. Like no other before him he has understood that diplomats in other countries are no longer impressed by a aloof, overbearing and arrogant Americans but has been able to find the right tone in negotiations instead. He manages to give all involved a feeling of worth, speaks to them on equal footing and appears sincere in what he says. His final address was momentous because it was from the heart and everyone felt it.

The fact that Kerry has been able to help forge this deal with "difficult" Iran but, despite all his abilities, has not been able to do the same with a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians says a lot about how unwilling Israeli leadership, and perhaps to a lesser extend the Palestinian's too, has been to commit to the process.

JL A (281)
Monday July 20, 2015, 8:52 am
Part of the body of evidence of why Kerry has been the right person for the job at this moment in history. Thanks Sam

Janis K (126)
Monday July 20, 2015, 9:37 am
Thanks for sharing.

Fiona Ogilvie (561)
Monday July 20, 2015, 9:49 am
Powerful. Thanks for sharing. Will post to facebook and twitter.

Angelika R (143)
Monday July 20, 2015, 10:11 am
Thanks Sam. My enthusiasm is limited and I'm not too fond of articles ending with an "IF.." So for now I'll just say well done and save further praise and applause for later.
Quite honestly, I am not overly impressed by that personal statement from him about war. A sentence which certainly millions of others have also spoken after having seen war, only without publicly witnessed tears in response.
I have yet to see such a public commitment from him to spare OTHERS the experience of war as well.
IMO his diplomatic legacy is already stained by rushing to judgement with premature and baseless statements he issued regarding the MH17 shoot-down.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday July 20, 2015, 4:34 pm

I do share Angelika's and Evelyn's take on this. As we say in Switzerland "one single sparrow doesn't make spring" (Ein einzelner Spatz macht keinen Fruehling).

Evelyn - as for your fear of the Peace Nobel Prize; he might not get that ... but maybe he'll get an Oscar?! On the other hand Pres Obama got it for doing nothing but continuing endless wars and killings so why shouldn't Kerry get it too?

If - then it should be both negotiation TEAMS and not one or two single persons.

Like Angelika - I'll keep my applause for later when everything is said, done and signed as a final and the dust has settled. There are just too many question marks and I would like to know (as one example) who gets what (and who get taken from ...) as a "reward" for what ... and more silly questions like this. But that's just my good old self - what can I do?

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Monday July 20, 2015, 4:36 pm

Oh - and not be misunderstood: I do believe 100% that a bad peace is better than any "good" war as there is NO good war.

Just to make that clear too!


Eleonora Oldani (37)
Tuesday July 21, 2015, 12:30 pm

I just got this e-mail alert from Jewish Voice for Peace

“Thank you so much for signing our letter to Secretary Kerry asking him to prevent the demolition of Susiya. Already over 22,000 people have signed on, and we've delivered them all to the State Department.
But the latest reports are that Susiya remains in imminent danger, with demolition rumored to begin Wednesday.
Our best bet at this point is to create the biggest media story we can - the Israeli government is much less likely to act if they think people are paying attention.”

The following link was embedded in the email – please visit:

Video by Jewish Voice for Peace in Susya: This video shows the heart-breaking reality of the the occupation


Edwin M (346)
Friday July 24, 2015, 3:59 am
Amen Mr. Secretary Amen. Thank you Sam
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