above, for articles in
In Search of Courage to Stop War
paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood. It degrades and
stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible, that 'tis not yours to
think and reason why, but to do and die,' like the hundred thousand others
doomed like yourself. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish
callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
slavery of fear had made men afraid to think. But such is the irresistible
nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1791
In the eyes of empire builders men
are not men but instruments.
In all history there is no war
which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of
the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when
Tolstoy, Russian author, 1828-1910
worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent
to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.
terrorists in 6 weeks have been able to command 300 million North Americans to
do away with the entirety of their civil liberties that took 700 years to
advance from the Magna Carta onward. The terrorists have already won the
political and ideological war with one terrorist act. It is mindboggling that we
are that weak as a society.
for the Canadian Islamic Congress October, 2001
enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgment of reason, and perverts its
don't think it's up to us here in the United States, to say that we're going to
destroy all of South Vietnam because we have a commitment there. The
commander of the American forces at Ben Tre said we had to destroy that city in
order to save it. So 38,000 people were wiped out or made refugees.
We here in the United States - not just the United States government, not just
the commanders of and forces in South Vietnam, the United States government and
every human being that's in this room - we are part of that decision and I don't
think that we need do that any longer and I think we should change our policy.
don't want to be part of a government, I don't want to be part of the United
States, I don't want to be part of the American people, and have them write of
us as they wrote of Rome: "They made a desert and they called it
F. Kennedy, remarks at the University of Kansas, March 18,
have the capacity to make this the best generation in the history of mankind, or
make it the last.
Posted May 04,
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