Thursday, December 11, 2008

Third time around: We're still at war

Blogger Meet-up
We are still at war!

We can't go on meeting like this!

One of the greatest aspects of returning to El Paso was reuniting with our beloved friends at the weekly Friday noon peace vigil, right on the corner of the Federal and the County courthouses in downtown El Paso.

For me, it was also a blogger meet-up with Dada of Dada's Dally (the blog from which I "borrowed" the photo on the right.

We've been fighting in Iraq now longer than we fought in WWI and WWII combined!

We have destroyed
  • treasures of the human family
  • our image in the world
  • the infrastructure of two nations
  • the lives of millions of people: dead, grieving, homeless, displaced, walking wounded, and the no-longer-walking wounded
The money we have wasted has impoverished us, our children and generations yet to be born.

And what have we gained?

I'm happy that people are faithfully and publicly protesting our nation's aggressive, violent actions and that I can be one of them. If you are unable
  • to serve prison time for conscientious objection,
  • refuse to pay war tax,
  • march in the streets,
  • stand on a corner,
  • sign a petition,
  • write your congressperson
then find your own way to resist this folly, this sinful and shameful stance in the world.

You may always regret your silence if you do not.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Thanks for the reminder of all the different things people can do.

Dada said...

Man, ain't it the truth? Just when we wrap up another one of these demonstrations and we say, "Goodbye!" thinking (hoping -J/K-) we may never have to see each other again, another Friday rolls around...........and we're STILL at war!!!

(Nice post , BTW!)

Jan said...

I really admire your testimony and witness. Thank you.

Carol said...

Thank you for what you do for peace.

Remember all who stood against the war before it began? Where did everybody go???

FranIAm said...

Oh my Lord, what a sobering post.

Longer than WWI and WWII combined.

God have mercy.

Good on you for your words and more importantly, your actions.

ThomasLB said...

I'd reverse two words and turn your warning into a curse: May you always regret your silence if you do not.

Don't let the apathetic masses get off too easily. ;)

okjimm said...

Dear BE.
I am here more than I comment here.

It is a great comfort to know that not only are you there.... but here to.

The Border is too far away. You make it close. Thanks.

Randal Graves said...

BE, in musical parlance, you're about as rockin', hardcore and metal as their is.

afeatheradrift said...

Sad to say, for most, as long as there aren't too many dying, people move on to other things. And the war goes on, and no one speaks up! Thank you for the reminder that we must all keep on the pressure!

Utah Savage said...

I left you a long, strong comment of solidarity, but google wouldn't let me enter without signing up again. Sometimes I hate google.

I do email my congressmen, but Orin Hatch is one of mine, and you can imagine the kind of response I get back. All of them are old white Mormon men and Rethuglicans. They all but say, "Fuck you very much for your interest in this important issue but....bla, bla, Fuck you very much"

Maithri said...

Whispering a prayer of thanks to the unbounded sky,

for the soul in you
that sings:


for all,

Love to you, M

Border Explorer said...

I am humbled at your responses.

Ruth, thank you for your comment.

Dada, getting to see you & yours on the vigil line exemplifies that the darkest cloud has a silver lining.

Jan, I'm speechless at your affirmation. Thank you.

Carol, good question! And thank you for your relentless witness for peace.

Fran, thanks--we're lucky we can do this: health, financial stability, etc. So many people couldn't for so many reasons.

Thomas: ;-)

Okjimm, it's great to have you as a friend.

Randal, that's mighty high praise coming from a rock star such as yourself.

Sherry, good point. The majority of us don't feel a pinch. No draft. No rationing. No higher taxes. Makes it easy to forget.

Utah, I loved your comment and can not imagine how the one google blocked could be any better. OMG, Hatch--it is heroism simply to bother yourself writing to him. Talk about working for peace without seeing any prospect of results! That merits a medal.

Maithri: Your poetic words sing in my heart. Thank you for the love and peace you spread throughout the internet...and for that which you share here with me.

Distributorcap said...

longer than the two world wars ----
i shudder at the thought