As a child of the 70's, we grew up this way. We joined in rew up protesting for causes. I was involved with Greenpeace back then, and protested the hunting of whales and the clubbing of seals, and then later, was involved in the No Nukes campaign at Diablo Canyon. Times have changed, but the right to protest hasn't. Flash forward to current times. Social Media is now the "street corner" where you can hold up your sign in protest. You can "share" the banners that people are posting. Add your comments. A friend of mine reminded me just yesterday that a few years ago, we were protesting the war in Iraq on Friday evenings in Montrose, holding up signs in protest. I remember on the opposite corner of this small town, stood a group of veterans...standing under the flag of the United States. Holding up signs that said, "support our troops". The corner that we were standing on, had an actual flag pole, yet the veterans had chained it so that we wouldn't be able to fly the American flag there and thus, not be able to stand under the U.S. flag and protest. Wasn't THAT Un-American?
I found this so odd. Did they really think that because we were protesting a war, that we were not supporting our troops. As an American, I am grateful for those that are in the military service...who serve our country. But as a Christian, as a mother, as a Child of God, I am opposed to war. Yes, I support our troops. I support them so much that I want every one of them brought back home alive. Why is it that the flag of our country waves so proudly in times of war? Why is it that the veterans stand under this flag during these times, waving it, and professing their allegiance to this great country of the United States. Why are the peacemakers not allowed to stand under the banner of our country. Do we only stand with our country in times of war? Are we not allowed to work toward a model of a peaceful country? I don't get the line of thinking there. The last time I looked, in this country we have a right to protest. So what was up with that?
So anyway, I started looking at all the banner posts that are going up on Facebook about what's going on in Syria. Whether standing on a small corner in Montrose years ago, or standing in a large protest of solidarity with others around the world, or just posting your view on FB, it's all a way to "do something" with the insanity that is looming around us.
I had posted on facebook, "Peace cannot be achieved through violence. Ever."
I received the following comment: so... it's a good thing the world looked the other way in 1915?
I thought about this a lot over the past few days since the comment was posted. I don't think it's ever right to stand back and not do anything about it. That's what happened in 1915 when the Turks killed my people. People knew what was going on, and turned a blind eye to it under the umbrella of war. No, I don't think it's okay to look the other way. But there are other ways to solve the violence and hatred than through force. Sanctions, negotiations, trying for War Crimes. '
It was Gandhi who said “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” Isn't that the truth?
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