“War, huh, yeah, What is it good for, Absolutely nothing, War, huh, yeah” Barret Strong / Norman Whitfield
Today is the first day of two of the Woman’s March On The Pentagon. I don’t believe that the Woman’s March on the Pentagon is getting much press coverage. I only know of it because Cindy Sheehan, the marches organizer is a friend of mine on Facebook. Cindy was the one whose son Casey was killed in Iraq. As a result of her son’s death, Cindy camped outside of George Bush’s residence demanding a meeting. While the attention faded from Cindy her activism was maintained.
Here is a quote from the Woman’s March website. “Our demands are simple: The complete end to the wars abroad; closure of foreign bases; dramatically slash the Pentagon budget to fund healthy social programs here at home: the only good empire is a gone empire.” Further exploration of the philosophy of the march will show that it supports neither the Democrats or the Republicans. Rather the march correctly points out that wars have gone on while both parties have been in power.
While it is called the “Woman’s March” all members of society are invited to participate. The leadership or steering committee is made up completely of women I believe. Part of the emphasis of the march is how women as a whole suffer from the atrocities of war.
As I am writing this post I am engaged in a very civil conversation with somebody on Facebook. We are both members of the Church of Christ. The question I proposed on the Facebook site is “War violates Jesus’s command to Love one’s neighbor, True or false?” You would think that the obvious answer is true. That bombing people and the wholesale slaughter of innocents is clearly an abomination in God’s sight. Yet this person I am debating with seems insistent that if the government tells you to do it than it is perfectly fine with God. I am quite shocked that the conversation has remained civil. Many times when people are confronted with strong positions against their own their immediate reaction is ‘Why don’t you leave the country and live someplace else?’
And this brings us back to the Woman’s March which is not only a call for cessation from war but also a strong anti-imperialistic stance. Planet Earth is still plagued with the wicked ramifications of imperialism and neocolonialism. Many countries are very rich materially but their people are impoverished. It is European countries that extract the wealth and make a great profit from them. When countries rise up and desire to take control of what is in their own country or nationalizing they are met with violent resistance. The United States, via the CIA, overthrew democratically elected governments in Iran and Chile. Even worse the Shah of Iran and Pinochet were brutal dictators reigning in terror a bane to the people.
There is a proverbial clock ticking. We have some time before total disaster but that time is very limited. The United States is engaged in aggressive wars of conquest. They have attacked Iraq, Afghanistan and destroyed Libya. They are presently destroying Syria. The Yemenese people are being slaughtered by Saudi Arabia using our bombs with our military assistance. On the chopping block is Iran, North Korea, and China. These countries all have powerful militaries and will fight back if provoked. We are looking at the bleak future of World War 3.
But there are the brave people of the “Woman’s March On The Pentagon” boldly showing their opposition to the American war machine. What the resistance needs to do is the feed off of one another and build up momentum. I firmly believe that there are more people in the United States who want peace rather than war. It is up to us to rise up and make our voices heard. Right now there are people gathering at the Pentagon demanding to end all war. It is a noble and righteous cause. These words are my little effort to the cause. If everybody contributed a little it would go a long way. The stakes are great and soon it will be too late.
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By John Kaniecki
Will my voice be heard
Among the maddening noise
Of wicked rulers absurd
Whose greed callously destroys
The fragile calm of peace
Will my cry go out
When missiles and bombs fall
And generals scream and shout
Where prayers in terror say all
From civilians seeking release
Will my words be read
In a society controlled by few
Lying in everything said
Denying what is true
Where evil multiplies to increase
Will my thoughts be known
By those who look away
Seeking just to be left alone
Hoping it will be okay
And that the evil will simply cease
Still I’ll speak, still I’ll cry
Still I’ll write, still I’ll contemplate
Until I go on to heaven high
Or until Love has conquered hate