Well, friends, during this holiday season, I want to introduce the light of my life and the founder of the Office of the Americas. She wants to give you a greeting. Theresa Bonpane, are you there?
Theresa: Yes, Blase, I’m here, and thank you! As you know, I’ve been preparing a little speech that I just did to send out to our Office of the Americas membership, and since many of our OOA membership are the same as our KPFK membership, I’d like to give the same message. We wish you peace, joy and friendship during this season and all seasons. You have enriched our lives for so many years, and we cherish you. Have a wonderful new year and may we advance in peace and love for all our brothers and sisters throughout the world, which needs it so badly. Much love, Theresa and Blase. And if I may, Blase, I just wanted to add to that that usually at this time you’ve been able to also share the Christmas Story with Larry Dill on the air, and even though it’s not going to happen this year, people should go and listen. It’s just a beautiful thing. So at a time when the news is so bad and so discouraging, remembering stories like that where human beings really came to the fore and acted so responsibly and beautifully – well, it’s just a beautiful, inspiring story. And I think we need to do everything we can to try to bring more friendship, love, compassion, energy – every attribute – to our world. It has never needed it so badly. We are so very grateful to all the people and especially all the young people who have come forth at this time of resistance. I have never seen a more active resistance in all of my 82 years. So we’re thrilled with that, we’re thrilled with the peacemakers, and we’re horrified by the warmakers and this congress and senate and their ways. Let’s bring joy as much as we can during this period.
Blase: Thank you so much, Theresa. We’d like to call attention to the political darkness of the first Christmas. The deathmaking of the Roman Empire was everywhere. Imperial interventions and massacres were commonplace. It was similar to the political darkness of our time. That’s why we created the Office of the Americas. We formed the organization to be a watchdog on the foreign policy of the United States, which has been interventionist and increasingly imperialistic . (Read More)