Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bearing witness against America's wars

America recently observed Martin Luther King day. It is perhaps not widely known the King strongly and publicly opposed America's war in Vietnam. There is no doubt in my mind that if King were alive today he would publicly oppose America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Part of what makes King’s life and actions so compelling, even decades later, is the love and peace he had in his own heart which he projected in his speaking and actions against war and all kinds of injustices.

Last week on Friday, 8 folks (including yours truly) braved the intense cold to peacefully stand on the corner of Brackett Ave and Hwy 53 from 5pm to 6pm to be witnesses against America's wars. We have been doing this every third Friday of the month for many, many months. Consider joining us! But this is only one way amongst many to express opposition to America’s wars – particularly those in Iraq & Afghanistan.

To anyone reading this: please reflect on the incalculable cost in precious human lives along with the almost incalculably large sums of money that represents the toll America's wars are taking.

Please contact your federal legislators and ask them to consider ways they could help America turn away from using its military to achieve its foreign policy goals and instead use diplomacy, development, and international cooperation.

In this way, the vast amounts of tax dollars that are poured into U.S. military operations could be re-directed to meeting human needs not only here in America but abroad as well.

America could be and should be known and loved around the world as a humanitarian super-power!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"....a billionaire military and a pauper diplomacy...."

"....we have a billionaire military and a pauper diplomacy. The U.S. military now has more people in its marching bands than the State Department has in its foreign service — and that’s preposterous."