I am not going in hatred for the U.S.
I am not going to raise my fist in anger at the Military
Their courage to die for others, I applaud.
I am going to oppose Violence and War
I am going to raise Nonviolence and Peace
Because ½ million Iraqi’s and 3000 Americans have been killed while I stood by,
I will no longer stand by.
For too long have I been passive
For too long has my silence spoken for me
My silence to war and silence to Empire granting permission for death
For we all are responsible for Wars
Violence lives in us all, we are trained in Violence
It lives In our relationships, in our schools, on our TV, even our superhero’s use violence for ‘good’
No single person can embody violence
These are not someone else’s problems
I cannot blame others for this
I am complicit in war, my taxes have served death
Transformation of this world begins and ends with each of us
For me it can’t get more clearer than when He said “love your enemies”
And, what about “who is your neighbour”?
I’ve heard $55 million ‘foreign policy’ dollars a day is spent on War
Is that right?
What about $55 million for Peace?
Hospitals, schools, clinics, housing, FOR LOVE?
Our message will be simple,
We should not be practicing and preparing for war
We should be practicing and living for peace
The task is huge,
To transform hate into love, and war into peace
I join the War Abolitionists who are here to say…
“I imagine a future of No More War”
Don’t think it can happen? What about Faith?
War is not the way to Peace,
Peace is the way