There's a new point I'd like to bring up that's not necessarily about
Sheehan individually, but anti-war protesters in general, and that's a
response to two statements made yesterday, the first from Bush in
saying that anti-war protesters like myself don't represent the views of
most U.S military families and are advocating a cause that are making the
U.S weaker, and the second from MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell suggesting that
those who oppose the war are "anti-war extremists".
First and foremost, I'm just saddened that Bush could say those like
myself are weakening the U.S because we either condemn the innocent killing
of thousands in foreign policy or because we believe there are better solutions to cleansing the world of darkness rather than with war and are trying to generate that sort of dialogue.
Naturally, war is, itself, terror. People die in war just as people die in all these unfortunate car bombings. People live through fear and trauma in war.
Having said that, I do not consider Bush a terrorist by any means. I simply believe he is just terribly ignorant and/or misguided about how foreign policy works. Historically intervention has time and time again generated tension and instability, which is what is escalating right now in the region. Furthermore, I believe Bush lacks the experience, the wisdom of life on the field. I've come to believe that being mindful, flexible and ethical are the three essential qualities that should frame a mission. Unfortunately, when failing to be mindful, ethical and flexible gets in the way in foreign policy, it can have most devastating consequences, send the wrong message to other cultures. I don't believe, in my opinion at least, that it should free him from punishment and accountability for this most wrongful crime, but I don't consider him a terrorist by any means. However, I also fear in many eyes of the world that Bush is being perceived as a great threat to the world, communties which don't endorse terror, which I fear of that and we can't allow this great nation to grow further isolated from the international community.
My response to Bush is, simply, I'm really trying to help him. I'm disobeying his reckless foreign policy but am helping him by trying to open his ears to what can really happen consequentially, to try and stop him from making a colossal mistake that is irreversible, without him ever even knowing it. I believe if anything, dissent makes the nation much stronger, for it completes the resolve of democracy.
And secondly, in response to O'Donnell, to call those who oppose this war "extremist" is outrageous.
If that were true, a slight majority of the nation would be extremist for believing it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq. A slight majority of the nation would be extremist for believing this war was not worth it. A majority would be extremist for disapproving of the way Bush is handling the war right now.
The general attitude of the war favors those who either oppose or disapprove it collectively.
Having said that, I also certainly would never call everyone who supports the war currently "extremist", as I believe most out there like Bush are just strongly misguided. I believe deep down in my heart that there's a place where someone knows and feels something is wrong and they have the power to do the right thing, which many have already found the faith to do and I absolutely believe more will do and that it is not too late in doing so.
OK, that's all, just thought it important to note that out.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"