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Journalist Peter Byrne on the 'Forever War'

Sunday, January 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Peace Action of San Mateo County
Location Details:
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
300 E. Santa Inez Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94402

Science writer and investigative journalist Peter Byrne has lately been preoccupied with what he sees, in recent history, as the "new" military strategy of the U.S. It is a strategy marked by a call for ever more war funding and identifying most of the planet as the "Enemy". This vision and its funding have become part of a military machine enabled by both Democrats and Republicans in our government.

The often-cited motivation is the "global war on terror", which for Peter brings up questions regarding what terrorism is and is not, as well as the root causes of extremist violence on both the left and right. There is also the question of the real motivation for planting our military presence all around the world; economic globalization in general and oil resources in particular seem to play a significant part in this story. They in turn help motivate the extremism that feeds the war on terror.

On Sunday, January 13, Peter will give a talk entitled "Inducing Chaos: The foundational design of the 'forever war' - and what we can do to stop it." Along with laying out the elements of a war without end, Peter will offer not just obvious practical reasons for ending it, but also what he calls "lessons of evolutionary biology to consciously chart a path for humanity to escape the ashes of Empire and restore life to the burning planet." While a great deal of political will is required to go down that path, Peter will endeavor to share how it can be done.

Peter Byrne combines investigative reporting with science writing. In 2017, his 11-part series in the Point Reyes Light, "Busted: Breast Cancer Money and the Media" won the top science writing award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Peter reports on terrorism and its twin, counterterrorism, from epicenters of violence such as Mosul, Iraq and Orange County. He writes for publications that include Scientific American, Mother Jones and the North Bay Bohemian.

The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.

Free, contributions welcome.
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