Open Thread - Thurs 16 Nov 2023 - Doing This Yet Again?
Doing This Yet Again? I Guess We Have To
After the start of the current Gaza war Dennis Kucinich wrote a really good essay about why we should not do war, should not support war (even if it's Israel in their latest pogrom) and so on. The essay is called, 'Thou shalt NOT Kill' and is pretty darn good. It got me to thinking, 'Maybe, maybe it's not entirely useless to protest this damned war and the Ukrainian war and all the others...' Anyway, the essay is worth reading. It does make me wonder, is the obvious disagreement between Kucinich's and RFK, Jr's ideas about the Israel Gaza war what made Kucinich leave the campaign?
Pro-Peace/Palestine March in Washington, DC from NPR
A couple of days later, Kucinich followed up with an essay about some short-term actions we can take to try to stop the war, or at least the USA support for the war. It was called, 'How to stop the War(s)'. I dunno if any of these will work, or have ever worked (when the PTB want war, they get war. After all, they basically get whatever they want, right?), but it's worth a try.
His suggested actions include contacting your Congressional Representative, via email or phone, and in person at their local office. Also contact the White House. Forcefully express your opposition to war and funding wars. Demand that all USA troops be returned home. We do not need 800+ military bases around the world. Oppose government representatives and elected people if they do not support stopping the war(s) and getting our troops home, wherever they may be. Join local peaceful protests. Protests aren't always peaceful, but which side is to blame for that? Police? Protestors? Both? Still, let's try for peaceful protest. Support humanitarian aid for those suffering from these wars, no matter what 'side' they are on.
Kucinich ends with this:
Now is the time to build a new movement for Human and Ecological Security and Peace. Now is the time to become active, as though your life depends upon it.
I gotta agree. I really like how he adds the ecology into it all, 'Human and Ecological Security and Peace'. Exactly.
His writing helped spur me into action. These are actions that I've taken before, but I need to keep doing them, no matter how depressing it is when those actions seem to do nothing. At least they make for friends and community! As always, music and 'entertainment' help as well. Of course, we have to be allowed to see it and listen to it, but I think we are doing that. I guess the 'fight' against war never stops, just like the fight for the environment never ends. Ever. And, I have to realize that even in my older years.
Anyway, that's been on my mind recently. What's up with you? Thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so tell us about where you're diving!