It continues to sadden me to see such anger and spewing of generalities that have little or no meaning. Many words seem not to inform but to simply create more anger, more "We-They" rhetoric.
Throughout history there have been to some degree, the "Downtrodden" held in place by an unfair, unjust "Ruling class." Using force to overthrow the perceived "Ruling Class" as some of you seem to be suggesting will only exacerbate the problem. Yes, there will be change; we will simply have a new "Ruling Class."
I find it interest ring that we are bantering around two main terms; Pro-War, Anti-War.
Is anyone really Pro-War? As a Viet Nam vet I can assure you, that the vast majority of soldiers instructed to fight that war did not want to be there. Families of soldiers would rather have their loved ones home. You might find, if would take the time to have real dialogue with someone who has a loved one in Iraq, that they HATE the war, but support totally the sons, daughters, or husbands. They pray for these folks, send them letters and food, and most of all, love. Yes, there is a sense of pride they have. Why? Because here is an individual who may not totally agree with what is happening, but is willing to put his/her life on the line in support of freedom for all, even those who disagree. Now you may not agree with this stance. I certainly do not. However, I am not going to bring about a "Peace Mentality" by getting in their face. I may, over time, be able to gently persuade through real dialogue. Real dialogue though demands that BOTH have an open mind.
Some of those who espouse Anti-War seem so determined, so righteous, so angry that folks disagree with the "Anti-War" movement that they are willing to damage property, challenge the police openly, actively disrupt commerce, shut down freeways and generally express disregard for the very government that allows freedom of speech and thought along with many other freedoms.
Name calling, finger pointing, screaming insults, spitting on policemen, raging against the corporations, violence in the streets WILL affect change. It will not bring peace. It will not bring equality. It will not stamp out racism. It will simply provide yet another "Ruling Class" that must be dealt with.
Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jesus, and the Dahlia Lama all have clear understandings of how to bring about TRUE peace, TRUE equality, and TRUE justice. I urge you to lay down your "We-They" thinking and enter into reasonable dialogue.