Sonntag, 22. Juli 2007
What Can You Do to Stop The War?
As the conflict in Iraq drags on, this requires something of all of us. (by Mark Holdaway, Tucson/Az.)
It is bad business sense to take on a partisan issue such as the war. However, I feel that I can no longer do “business as usual.” The time has come when we all need to do something, every day, to remind the world that this insanity has gone on too long. It started as a huge mistake, falsely linking a brutal Iraqi dictator to the brutal September 11 tragedy. It continued as a poorly planned adventure of revenge led by men who had no first hand experience of war. Now, we are pouring lives, money, resources, and good will down a hole in the ground. The aftermath of this war will be with us all for decades. Forty years from now, Americans will still see disabled Iraq War vets begging on the street corners. Many veterans will still live with the psychological scars of this war. Family members will still feel the pain of their lost mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. Iraqis will still know the pain of their ruined country and the loss of their loved ones. The resentment in the common folk of the Middle East will boil up in acts of terrorism against the people of the United States. Citizens of the U.S. will feel the embarrasment and shame of what their country did when they travel abroad to other countries. And on, and on, and on.
To counteract the negative impacts of the war, we need love, creativity, all the good things we can muster. I can’t tell anyone what to do or what to believe, but I believe that we all must act to turn around this nightmare which has gone on far too long. What is your path? I would ask that you pray and ask what you can do. I trust that you will find your own peaceful ways to act and find your own ways to shine a light into the darkness.
A good link is the Friends Committee on National Legislation, which has put this war top and center among their concerns.
FCNL’s mission: “We seek a world free of war and the threat of war. We seek a society with equality and justice for all. We seek a community in which every person’s potential may be fulfilled. We seek an earth restored.”
(Thanks Mark for this important text! Fotos: Mark Holdaway und FCNL. - M.R.)