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We Say Peace, They Say War

We Say Peace, They Say War

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Published by Ryan Webster
If we demur they say we are cowards hiding behind the guns they wave in our faces. If we advocate world peace, they call us unpatriotic.
If we demur they say we are cowards hiding behind the guns they wave in our faces. If we advocate world peace, they call us unpatriotic.

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THE TERRIBLE TIMES
 
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WE SAY PEACE, THEY SAY WAR
 BYDAVID ARTHUR WALTERSWednesday, March 05, 2003They say war makes America great."America is dealing death, not only to people in other lands, but to its ownpeople. So say the most thoughtful and passionate of our youth, from California
 
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to Connecticut.... We think of ourselves as an incredibly rich country, but we arebeginning to realize that we are also a desperately poor country - poor in most of the things that throughout the history of mankind have been cherished as riches.A revolution is coming. It will not be like revolutions of the past. It will originatewith the individual and with culture, and it will change the political structure onlyas its final act. It will not require violence to succeed, and it cannot be successfullyresisted by violence. It is now spreading with amazing rapidity, and already ourlaws, institutions and social structure are changing in consequence. It promises ahigher reason, a more human community, and a new liberated individual. Itsultimate creation will be an enduring wholeness and beauty - a renewedrelationship of man to himself, to other men, to society, to nature, and to theland." -Charles A. Reich,
The Greening of America
(1970)Yes, of that much we can be certain, we had a dream recurring time and timeagain throughout the ages - we think the Neanderthal man dreamed it too. Wedreamed that love would make us whole again. We believed a radical revolutionwould turn the hearts of all that they might beat in harmony. We believed theNew World would lead the Old World to make love not war. We disbelieved thoseof our fathers who said, "He who loves everybody loves nobody." Universal loveseemed assured at the time, as if it were guaranteed by necessity itself. It allseemed perfectly logical in our youth. Now, thirty years later, a few of us are stilldreaming, but barely, as the rest say, "That is all it is, a dream, and you dream invain." We beg to disagree at our graveside as the parties of war prepare men andwomen for mutual murder. We hear not the throbbing of our hearts but thebeating of war drums. We hear the raucous screeching of warhawks, and if welook far to the horizon, we see the vultures gathering at great heights. Ourpathetic song is barely heard. The opinion polls are against us, and that is that.We are not entirely to blame for the hell on Earth we call a state of war, for wehave had fierce opposition, the same opposition our forebears encountered, fromthe same old party, the war party, the party of they. Who are they? We are they,from time to time, and, vice versa, they are us. But there is at least a formaldifference to be drawn between the fractions - we have not given up our dreamsof love and peace. They say utopia will never happen, not on their watch, not if 
 
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they have anything to do with it, for, as far as they are concerned, our mission isand always has been and forever will be a mission impossible, and an evil one atthat, a road to hell, in fact, ruled by killers.After all, what sort of man would say that it is better to suffer an evil than to doone? better to be murdered and even to stand by while his own people aremurdered than to do murder? Surely only Satan would make such a revolutionaryclaim! Or a mad man, for only an insane man would prefer to die than to kill. Puthim to death, they say, for he is the enemy of humankind, we must kill oneanother to love one another, we must make war to keep peace.And if we demur they say we are cowards hiding behind the guns they wave inour faces. If we advocate world peace, they call us unpatriotic. If we speak of universal love, they deny its existence, then lay down barbed wire and writepoems about clean brotherly love in war trenches. If we question theirconstitutional interpretation, they accuse us of uttering sedition. If we protesttheir resolve to murder people in a faraway land, they call us un-American athome. If we cite the inalienable rights of man, they reply with alien and seditionlaws. And now they move to assassinate suspects without a trial, suspend habeuscorpus, make secret arrests, torture prisoners, and strip citizens of theircitizenship.If we plead for the abolition of war to save millions of lives, they say providingbetter social security programs to soldiers is more to the point because war isinevitable to human progress. Moreover they say we must always make war, forwe will never be perfect until death do us forever part in the embrace of theirgreat god, Death.If we talk about ethics, they put profit before principle, preach free trade atgunpoint, and idolize their pseudo-conservative economists. If we speak of rightover might, they say might is the only right. If we say fair trade, they say their freetrade should be realized over our dead bodies. They recommend even the murderof priests and nuns for their own good, providing the graves are carefully hidden -their evil is in getting caught. They deal in death, in drugs and guns and laundered

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