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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 07:06 PM
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It's time for all Americans to join anti-war movement
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/4887

It's time for all Americans to join anti-war movement
by Ed Tant | Jan 20 2007

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The anti-war movement hit the streets of this nation as soon as Bush announced his so-called "surge" plan to escalate his Iraq war by sending in more cannon-fodder troops.

Thousands of Americans are expected to demonstrate against the war next weekend in Washington, and right here in the Classic City, peace activists will gather at the University of Georgia Arch at noon Sunday to show that people here in Georgia are taking a stand against the Iraq war.

Even some Republicans are aghast at Bush's preposterous "plan" to sacrifice more young troops on the altar of his egotism in Iraq. Chuck Hagel - a Nebraska senator, Vietnam War veteran and possible GOP presidential candidate - was quite correct when he said Bush's recent speech to the nation on the troop-surge scam "represents the most dangerous foreign-policy blunder in this country since Vietnam, if it's carried out. I will resist it."

It's way past time for all Americans to resist the warmongering "plans" of the Bush cadre. Before Bush's Iraq invasion even started, thousands of Americans, including me, marched on Washington under the rallying cry to "stop the next war before it starts." If only Bush and his apologists had listened, the lives of thousands of Americans and Iraqis would have been spared.

With two years left in the Bush administration, and with the possibility of a war with Iran waiting in the wings, it is time for a resurgent anti-war movement that will refuse and resist the militaristic machinations of the White House and Pentagon. As historian Howard Zinn has said, "Citizens of war-making nations will no longer tolerate the deaths of their offspring and the theft of their national wealth."
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 07:08 PM
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1. It is time.
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USA_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 11:27 PM
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8. Peace Dove
GREAT pic!
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CrazyOrangeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 07:11 PM
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2. kick.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 07:17 PM
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3. k & r I especially like the Zinn quote at the end. (nt)
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az chela Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 08:12 PM
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4. The only waywe can stop this war is thru uniting as as one
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4bucksagallon Donating Member (324 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 09:09 PM
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5. Don't believe your going to see it too many americans have no dog in this fight.......
Now if there were a draft all bets would be off.
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ShortnFiery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 11:23 PM
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6. If Dear Leader gets us into a ground war with Iran, there WILL be a Draft. n/t
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-20-07 11:26 PM
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7. K&R n/t
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:04 AM
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9. K&R... here's some rallying words for us from a great teacher...


on violence:
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent. Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one -- even at the cost of your life."

on patience:
"An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds. Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience. Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy. Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it. When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."

on strength:
"They cannot take away our self-respect if we do not give it to them. It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Whenever you are confronted with an opponent, conquer him with love. Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong. Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man. Non-violence is the article of faith. "

on courage:
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. If you don't ask, you don't get. A 'No' uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a 'Yes' merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble. Unity to be real must stand the severest strain without breaking. Adaptability is not imitation. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave."

~Mahatma Gandhi~




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NV1962 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 06:24 AM
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10. Dupe
Good article, certainly worth reading - but it's a dupe topic here:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x258050
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 06:33 AM
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11. Well, everyone except for Hilary Clinton, right?
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 02:46 PM
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12. Keeping these threads kicked all week.
The buzz is that this demonstration is going to be hugh im series111!1111!!!!
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