give peace a chance.....................  

wickedeasy 66F  
14948 posts
7/27/2006 8:29 am
give peace a chance.....................

I have an image in my mind this morning ‒ a lovely woman, passionate and proud, seated on the steps of city hall, holding a small child. Around them are other people, some old, some young, some men, and some women, joined in the moment by their purpose.

I was a spotter for the Black Panthers back in the 60’s and I would attend their rallies and protests ‒ a young white woman ‒ to witness and record any acts of violence perpetrated against them by the police. I worked with a catcher ‒ a photographer ‒ who would capture those moments on film. Just in case. It was a different war then, tho it was never called a war by our government ‒ but men and women died all the same, no matter what one called it. And I was beaten not by protesters but by police on numerous occasions ‒ for exercising nay rights under our constitution.

There was a draft back then and many of our young men chose to disappear into Canada rather than lay their life on the line for something they didn’t believe in. Some would say that this just cowardice. I had a friend who filed for conscientious objector status ‒ he would tell you that the ones who left were smart.

War is something most of us have never experienced, not as soldiers and not as citizens. We have not endured the daily bombing, the grinding fear, that comes from being under attack ‒ of never knowing when or how or who. I wonder how one can do this; keep living in the midst of such horror.

When I see the ribbons that proclaim, “support our troops”, I so desperately want to add the words ‒ “bring them home”. I recognize the political and economical benefits of war ‒ and I feel ashamed. I sit with my friend listening to the BBC for information on troop movement and hold her as she cries because her daughter drives a tank in Iraq. I think about my cousin who was a medic in Vietnam who came home and washed his hands until they bled.

I am not a fool ‒ I know that there are times and reasons that require a military response.
But I am reminded daily, hourly that the cost lies not in the billions of dollars spent but in the lives changed forever.

Years ago I read a sci-fi story - when a conflict arose between two governments, each chose a warrior to stand as their representative. The warriors would do battle and the one left standing ‒ that country would win. I remember thinking at the time I read it, okay so instead of thousands and thousands dying ‒ only one person dies.

Now I think ‒ that price is still too high.

In kindergarten, when kids would start fighting, the teacher would say, “use your words”. A simple lesson, learned at 5 years old, that has stood the test of time. Tragically, not a lesson our government seems inclined to remember.

So thank you for taking your grandchild and sitting on those steps. It is our right as Americans to do so. It is our responsibility as Americans to question the decisions of our leaders. If we don’t, we negate the very essence of our charter. Freedom and liberty.

And the cost is beyond comprehension

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

AstirRelicLatah 64M
1993 posts
7/27/2006 9:00 am

Very poignant. I have a son serving in Iraq. I also have a very hard time not lashing out at people who want me to thank him for serving his country.

I'm very proud of my son. He is a medic and trying to do good things against our entire family wishes. Our family is fanatically anti military. I strongly hate our foreign policy and have disliked it for years.

My only hope right now is that my son comes home in one piece, both physically and mentally. I see no way we are making the world a better place by our presence in Iraq. It's hard to have someone I love so much "serving" in a war that does nothing for any rational goal I can think of.

wickedeasy replies on 7/27/2006 9:28 am:
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your son. my friend's daughter came back safely last month. i wish you the same good fortune.

there is a poem called "patterns" ......... smiles....... it speaks to your pain better than i ever could


papyrina 50F
21133 posts
7/27/2006 12:17 pm

if only we could mothers around the World from all sides sat at a table with a cup of tea and talk

I'm a

i'm here to stay

wickedeasy replies on 7/28/2006 7:45 am:
historically matriarchal societies had less conflict and more services

i wish, Papy, i wish

libgemOH 56M/52F

7/27/2006 2:19 pm

I have a son in the service myself and I thank God daily that his specialty is linguistics and that he is learning Chinese rather than Arabic. He has several friends who have been to the middle east and I pray for these boys constantly!!

I agree, something's gotta be done. Something's gotta give. But what? Feel very powerless to help. Someone needs to take these world leaders, our country's included, and give em a good swat on the ass and tell them to "use their words." Who can do this? How can we do this?

You fought for a good cause. An end to a horrid war and a halt to the killing. But it continued until those little spoiled brats that we call world leaders were good and ready to stop it themselves. Again, no idea what to do! -B

wickedeasy replies on 7/28/2006 7:47 am:
oh B - neither do i - the solution eludes me - but i wonder why we jump at war instead of negotiation and compromise.

FrankPicasso 52M

7/27/2006 3:39 pm

You think the the framers ever envisioned a scenario, where we would appoint ourselves the Global Cop? How'd that happen, anyhow? Moreover, how'd the corporate controlled powers that be get around that pesky constitution of ours? That's right! Almost forgot! They've got themselves some really good lawyers, don't they? And all the money they can print. It is indeed our responsibility to question our government, and demand answers. Lately, the answer has been, "None of your effin' business." Brave new world - Brave new lies. Excellent post, WE. Very thought provoking.

wickedeasy replies on 7/28/2006 7:50 am:
nods - i hate the idea of America force feeding our beliefs to every other country - the right to choose your government, your path is the true freedom - if they choose socialism, or monarchy or even theocratic despotism - the choice is the important factor

we're losing the essence of our constitutional charter when it becomes okay to wiretap at will, to hold prisoners without legal recourse

thanks Frank - loved your post today

rm_shannee2006 52F
3355 posts
7/27/2006 10:00 pm

Paprina has a point and so do you WE. I totally agree. Thank you.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


wickedeasy replies on 7/28/2006 7:52 am:
wouldn't it be grand if we jsut " used our words" instead of our fists?

hugs Shanee

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
7/28/2006 4:27 am

The road to Peace often goes through a difficult territory called War.

wickedeasy replies on 7/28/2006 7:52 am:
yes it does

but why does it have to?

somethingelse40 74M
14676 posts
7/28/2006 1:12 pm

It must be an integral part of our junk DNA.

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