Peace is the only answer! Despite the fact that the Bush administration admits that "things are bad" in Iraq and that "not enough" progress is being made, they will never admit that bombing and killing people will never convince them to be our friends instead of our enemies. Yet we in the international peace movement can claim that progress is being made toward our goal of peace: if we were not having some impact on the White House and the Pentagon, they wouldn't have bothered to admit that they are not making "enough progress" in Iraq.
But should we get out? Won't that make things worse and aren't we responsible for the mess we have made over there?
I for one cannot begin to think I know the answer to that question. Bush and Co. have done so much lying all along that now, we can't believe a word they say. I was impressed with the American Friends Service Committee's (Quaker) analysis (see website following). Yes, we are responsible. But we also need the Bush administration to admit that what we are doing just isn't working -- it's making things worse and worse. Rumsfeld needs to focus on that fact instead of accusing us war critics of "appeasing" the terrorists.
So if you can't make it Saturday, September 2, 12 noon to 1 pm (or however much time you can give) get out your calendar right now and reserve the days: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month. Please call if you have any questions .. 503-653-5179.
PS: Please also see the attached draft, Proposal for a Peace Resolution for the Democratic Party of Oregon, a project that some Clackamas County democrats are working on, and will be submitting next week for approval. I hope you will participate in the drafting of this document. Just email Nancy, firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
Ten Reasons Why the US Must Leave Iraq
(American Friends Service Committee)
The Declaration of Peace, a nonviolent action campaign for an end to the US War in Iraq
Nonviolence and terrorism