|At least 175 people showed up for the Friday peace rally in Pioneer Square, giving it the largest attendance in a year. Anti-war sentiment had been stirred up on Thursday and Friday when first the House and then the Senate granted Bush dictatorial powers to wage war against Iraq. The tragic possibilities of such a war are heart-wrenching to imagine, and history will surely view Congress' decision with disdain. The death and suffering wrought upon Iraq by the sanctions of the last 11 years -- on top of the destruction that country suffered in the so-called "Gulf War" -- are already crimes against humanity for which U.S. "leaders" should be tried. Additional attacks of a more intense variety could take thousands -- even millions -- of lives, and affect the population there for generations to come.|
That elected representatives in Washington, D.C., received an overwhelming number of calls and emails opposition to this passing of the war-reigns to Bush is cause for additional anger. What options remain when the proper channels have been utilized? Taking the street and stopping business as usual is one. And that's what we did tonight.
I believe taking the street and stopping automobile traffic is an effective tactic, as do other activists. I know everyone doesn't agree, but -- with Congress having just given up all control of war-making powers to a madman -- we've gotten to the point where we need to shake people up and get them to pay attention to what's going on. The U.S. government is about to commit yet another set of heinous acts against an innocent population. It's really fucking sick. This issue needs to be brought into the general consciousness and acted upon. We must stop business-as-usual in the U.S. 'coz business-as-usual of the U.S. is war.
It's been beautiful to see the resistance to war flowering across the country lately. The 11,500 who came out in Portland last Saturday were awesome. But we need to put on the pressure in every way we can -- not just at huge rallies. We need lots of smaller demonstrations, civil disobedience, and other creative means, and we need to be doing them all the time. Lives are being threatened by the "leaders" of the country we live in, and it is our duty as human beings to say NO. NOT IN OUR NAME!
See you on the streets.