This Thing Called Courage

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Gather to End the War This Tuesday



PEACE ACTION, Move On, and other groups are sponsoring events across America (617 so far, and counting)this Tuesday evening, August 28, to call the attention of our congresspeople to the reality that we want the war to end, and we want it to end now. With reports that the White House itself is writing the Petraeus Report (no surprise there) and is at this point simply pathological, we must continue the pressure on Congress to do what we directed them to do when we put them into power last November-- END THIS INSANITY.

We have killed, according to some reports, upwards of 1,000,000 Iraqi citizens, lost close to 4000 US Troops, and maimed countless others for life, both physically and mentally. How can anyone attempt to argue that more of this is good? How can anyone accept anyone arguing that this is good, as anything other than insane? And yet the talking points go on. Men in suits (far removed from the battlefield, as are their families and friends and associates) gather on talk shows and point out this, or that, as if they were discussing a chess game. War is no game. The people who have experienced it first hand know this, which is why it is so dangerous to have war-mongers in power who, when their own times came to serve their country, found it inconvenient to do so. That would be Bush, Cheney, Rove, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Rumsfeld, Wolfevitz, Krsital, Perle, Feith, Lieberman, et al. War criminals all.

We are up to our necks now in blood and dishonor and bankruptcy-- both moral and financial. We must stand up and shout from the rooftops, no, it is NOT alright to kill people for corporate profit. The evil we have let loose on the world will be haunting us for years-- think of the bad karma we've created, and how far we will have to go to even things out again. Even as I write this, more are dying, more are being maimed, more are being permanently disabled by the remembrance of what our country has asked them to do. In the words of the late, great William Sloane Coffin (and where are his like today?)“The war against Iraq is as disastrous as it is unnecessary; perhaps in terms of its wisdom, purpose and motives, the worst war in American history…. Our military men and women…were not called to defend America but rather to attack Iraq. They were not called to die for, but rather to kill for, their country. What more unpatriotic thing could we have asked of our sons and daughters…?”

Indeed.

To find an event near you, visit here: http://pol.moveon.org/event/events/index.html?rc=peaceaction&action_id=92
and let your feelings be known.

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