Metrowest Peace Action received a request from a Wellesley High School teacher Bob Aili to speak at Seminar Day with a message to counter balance to the culture of militarization in the US. Brian Sparks, Iraq War vet from 2005 spoke about how and why he joined the military in high school and was called up in his second year of College and how after a few months he could see that the US mission was more than getting rid of a dictator. Sadly it meant killing and terrorizing innocent civilians. He spoke of his Oral History project about the village of Dora which he came to know well. The 5 students who attended one of the many seminar options asked questions: what did you learn about the culture of Iraq? Would drones have been a better alternative than boots on the ground, the artillery? Paul Shannon began his talk by passing out the Friends' ribbon which shows the amount of money in the discretionary budget that the US spends on the military. He also passed out a graph showing that we spend more than the next 20 countries combined. He talked about our war on native americans, philippinos, vietnam, ISis, our support for the mujahadeen, other horrible dictators like Pinochet, Mubutu, Somoza. The justifications given for war are usually not honest - it is usually for control of territory, resources, markets. He concluded by reading Gen. Smedley Butler's analysis of American interventions around the world. A thug for corporations.We provided literature about organizations, events and MWPA's next meeting on March 21, 2015. It would be nice to be invited by more high schools to talk about WHY WE FIGHT and what are the alternatives to war.