They Keep Us Safe And Free
by Saab Lofton
Xerxes: There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories. Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned and every Greek historian and every scribe shall have their eyes put out and their tongues cut from their mouths. Why, uttering the very name of Sparta or Leonidas will be punishable by death. The world will never know you existed at all!
Leonidas: The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.
--from the movie, 300
And like those three hundred Spartans during the Battle of Thermopylae over two millennia ago, the peace movement faces overwhelming odds, so let us pay homage to our heroic peace activists as they continue to do battle against the forces of evil. Unlike those colossally overrated armed forces, it is the peace activist who truly keeps us safe and free.
Want proof of that statement's validity? According to Ken Butigan's Pilgrimage Through a Burning World, "the U.S. peace movement played a key role in ending the Cold War," and Butigan backs this up by citing a series of historians -- including Lawrence S. Wittner, author of The Struggle Against the Bomb ...
"In his book, Wittner argues that the missing ingredient in any explanation of this reality is the world nuclear disarmament movement that has mobilized millions of people around the world. Wittner confesses that he hadn't expected to reach this conclusion. He assumed that the anti-nuclear movement had failed because nuclear weapons had not been definitively abolished. Yet as he pursued his research, he came to understand that this 'people power' movement had played an important role in curbing the nuclear arms race and preventing nuclear war."
... unfortunately, all too many snide cynics will claim that today's peace movement is supposedly impotent since those lie-based, oil-stealing, Human rights-abusing wars in the mid east continue unabated. Well, they're wrong. If a woman is being raped, her resistance is NOT a waste of time. Likewise, protest is essential and has its lasting effects. At the very least, it lets the world know that not all Americans are inbred, missing chromosome, penal colonist descendents who believe everything FOX News spews.
Obama, of course, could end this madness with the stroke of a pen, but even though that big eared fuck is commander-in-chief, he actually provided the military-industrial complex with even MORE of our money to burn. I swear by all that is holy and sacred -- if another motherfucker says Obama "inherited this mess" from Bush, I will go to jail for putting them in the hospital. The irony slays me: White folks HATE hearing excuses made by poverty-stricken blacks, but Obama is the most powerful man on Earth and yet he's showered with excuses!
Even more unfortunate is the single biggest barrier to ending these wars (next to Obama's cowardice insofar as following in JFK's and Dr. King's martyred footsteps): The comfort level of white suburbia. The following is from An Open Letter to Activists Concerning Racism In The Anti-War Movement ...
"Many white liberals cling to the notion that building a mass movement against war necessitates the use of techniques and rhetoric that 'don't scare away' middle class whites."
... and if that ain't bad enough, check out what F.A.I.R. (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting) reported ...
"Kurt Hauglie, a reporter and columnist for Michigan's Huron Daily Tribune, quit the paper after allegedly being told that an anti-war column he had written would not run because it might upset readers (WJRT-TV, 3/28/03)."
... so long as this paralyzing fear of upsetting or scaring away white suburbia exists, America's genocidal imperialism will eventually consume the entire planet. Hell, who do you think voted for all this nonsense in the first place? According to Oscar winner Michael Moore, "88% of Bush's support came from white voters," and yet we're supposed to pander to these ignorant savages? Shit, they ought to be grateful a Che Guevara wannabe hasn't gunned them down by now!
"But, Saab! Che was violent! I'm more into Dr. King." Oh, really? Well, this sick penchant for placating white suburbia ain't nothin' new -- as The Los Angeles Times will confirm ...
"When King was jailed, neither Kennedy nor his Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon, initially offered any comment. Kennedy had kept the volatile issue of civil rights at arms-length ever since the Los Angeles convention; the last thing Kennedy's staff wanted the presidential nominee to do before election day was anything that might alienate the party's traditional base among Southern white voters. Yet a few of Kennedy's maverick advisors urged him to make a gesture that would, at least, show his concern for King's safety. Finally deciding to take the risk, Kennedy telephoned King's wife, Coretta Scott King, to offer his sympathies. Also, his brother, Bobby Kennedy, successfully pressured a Georgia judge to order King's release. On election day, black voters rewarded Kennedy, giving him 70% of their vote, significantly more than given to the Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 or 1956. Arguably, the black vote made the difference in Kennedy's extremely narrow margin of victory in 1960."
... thank God for those "maverick advisors" who didn't give a damn about alienating Southern white voters -- and if Obama expects to be similarly rewarded in 2012, his ass better "make a gesture" that shows a concern for the sanctity of Human life. The Iraqis and Afghanis have suffered more than enough over the past several years as it is (ask Nobel Peace Prize-winning Amnesty International if you don't believe me).
There's a website called costofwar.com -- log onto it and see for yourself where our money (which could just as soon be used to create much needed eco-friendly jobs) is being vampirically drained. And if anyone wants proof that an increase in the already bloated military budget will NOT keep us safe, consider this: The military budget for 2000/2001 was in the hundreds of billions; higher than that of any other nation-state, AND YET those planes STILL crashed into those buildings on 9-11 DID THEY NOT? Of course they did, so shoveling more money down the Pentagon's Orwellian Memory Hole does NOTHING but make an elite of weapons manufacturers even wealthier.
Cut these spoiled elitists off, quit pandering to the savagely ignorant and find out how YOU can help the peace movement. March 20th is a national day of action so be a part of it.