Friends, this was a week of demonstrations. There were 600 peace demonstrations this week. The biggest was at the Pentagon on September 26th – an absolutely magnificent gathering of people in non-violent resistance.
People of conscience went to the Pentagon, the seat of US military might, to call for an end to the ongoing wars and occupations waged and supported by the US. War is directly connected to poverty and the destruction of earth’s habitats. The preparation for more war and a new US nuclear arsenal are threats to all live on the planet. Only a trillion dollars set aside for “modern” nuclear weapons, which is why we are deteriorating at home with a million people on the streets looking for something to eat. Students being wiped out by their tuition, which they shouldn’t even be charged. We are a threat to the world, as we learn in the great new film by Eric Schlosher about the nuclear accidents that came close to blowing up regions of the US.
This was a great week, but with the 600 demonstrations across the country – how many were covered by the commercial media? I’m afraid not a single one, because we have a war media, as Johann Galtung teaches us. “If we had peace media, they would explain what the other side is thinking and what they want and why the are resisting.” But we don’t have a peace media, we have a war media. People on the other side are the devil, and we are killing the devil. It’s our religion, killing the devil. American exceptionalism, which permits us to kill children and call it “killing the devil.”
There is a great gathering on the border with Mexico coming up. The great work of Father Roy and the School of the America’s Watch – he’ll be there with thousands of others for the Border Ecuentro. Visit soawatch.org to learn more about this magnificent event, which begins on November 8.
Today I’m privileged to have a friend of many decades as my guest on World Focus. Paul Baker served as a Trappist monk in Scotland. We joined forces with the International March for Peace in Central America, 1985-86. (Read More)