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September 11, 2011

I have been trying to come up with something to write for today as the 10th anniversary of 9-11-2001 and am stuggling for words, so I will let others words speak for me. I am thinking of many people this morning, among them Amy and Jackie.

I want to share this song with you: Emma's Revolution's song "if i give your name"
about the undocumented workers who worked in and died at the Twin Towers on 9/11/01.
It is a powerful reminder as we mourn not to forget the people who were invisible
before and after thier deaths, and the people who loved them.

 Thank you Emma's Revolution, Sandy O & Pat Humphries. Read the lyrics.
Note: this song was awarded a Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

I saw Paul Simon sing "Sounds of Silence" this morning in New York City and I wanted to share it with you here.
I went searching and I found this amazing tribute by Leonard Cohen to Paul Simon and "Sounds of Silence."


Here is my sweet friend Steve Schalchlin's song "Holy Dirt" about violence and religion:


One more song ... "Let It Be Me" by the Indigo Girls:


Let this be a day grief and resolve.

I posted that on top, but this page was started soon after 09/11/01 beginning with this one below and then new posts were added at the bottom of this page. So you can click here to jump to the bottom. Last update on September 11, 2010. Much more is also in my blog.

Soon after September 11, 2001

I want to recognize that this is a time when we all are aware of the vulnerability of our country and our people after the attacks on the east coast. I have been reading about people feeling that those acts of terror have stripped away the sense of safety that we as a nation felt. While I acknowledge that is true in some important ways, I would also like to say that it has been a long time - if ever - since many of us felt safe, when so many people in this country and in our world are targeted, harassed, beaten and killed because of bias based on their real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, ability, etc. Many of us have been aware that we have lived in a war zone all along. Six years ago my youngest son was beaten because he was bisexual. He committed suicide a month later because he believed he lived in a world filled with hate he could no longer face. When I watched the news and heard that people were throwing themselves from the windows of the World Trade Center as it was being destroyed, I thought of my son Bill.      ~ Gabi Clayton 

"Speak up. Let your voice be heard. Use your voice to bring comfort and calm. If you hear someone making racist comments, please speak up and remind them that these were the actions of a few individuals, not all Arabs, not all Muslims. Remind them that these actions, if in fact eventually proven to be the result of Arab terrorists, remain the responsibility of those individuals. Terrorists come from all groups of people, from all walks of life, from all nationalities. Let us not make this tragedy worse by terrorizing our fellow human beings as these terrorists have done. We must show more compassion than they have shown their victims." 

Excerpted from Sept 12, 2001 - Message from The Equality Project On the Terrorist Attacks on the USA

The answer, according to my daughter - by Chris Corrigan. written sometime at the end of 2011.  

Dear friends and family,

I have E-mailed this to a number of people. I thought you might be interested. My daughter is 4.5 years old.

My daughter Aine and I were walking in the woods today playing a game. She was pretending that there were monsters in the forest and that they were coming to eat us. We had to be vigilant. We had to defend ourselves. I asked her "What is the plan? What are we going to do if we see one of the monsters?" She replied, "Feed them."

"Feed them?" I said.

"Yes," she said. "If we feed them they won't want to eat us."

I think she has the answer there. Imagine if President Bush took that $40 billion that Congress gave him and used it to feed people. Heck, take $20 billion to fix up US security and clean up New York and use the other half to feed people. And not just feed them with food.

What if we decided that people's spirits needing feeding too? What if we chose to take $1 billion and build the biggest, most beautiful mosque in the world, right in the heart of Kabul. And what if we gave it as a gift, no quid pro quo, as a place for people to feed their spirits?
What would the reaction be? What do we want the reaction to be?

Take that $40 billion dollars and spend it in every neighborhood in the world. Put the world to work growing food, healing people, restoring land and water, building communities, creating the thin fibbers of connection between peoples, families, communities, cities, nations...

"If we feed them they won't want to eat us." Can you think of a better form of security?

Love to all,

September 13, 2001 - this is from a letter to PFLAG members and affiliates from Arnold Drake, the organization's President at the time and Kirsten Kingdon, then Executive Director :

On Tuesday, untold thousands of people were killed by terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., as well as the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. The devastation we are witnessing is ricocheting around the country and the world. It is taking a tremendous toll on all of us. Although some of us are more directly affected, as the tragic stories unfold, we all grieve.

This is a time that will test all of us. It is a time of national, and indeed international, tragedy. It is also a time of complexity, and we hope that as individuals, as PFLAG chapters and as a nation, we will respond to this horror in ways that will break the cycle of violence and move the world towards peace. Reports are already surfacing of threats and retaliatory acts against anyone who is, or who is perceived to be, Arab or Muslim.

The rest of this letter has been taken down from the PFLAG website but it is posted here 

October 19, 2001  

I want to share this important statement from the National Youth Advocacy Coalition:

PRESS STATEMENT; 09 October 2001
Vengeance Must Not Substitute for Justice

Washington, DC - Following intensely emotional discussion, as well as considerable introspection, the staff of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition has decided that we cannot, as an organization committed to social justice, continue to ignore what is happening in this country and in the Middle East as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11th.

As people who work minutes from one of the targets of the bombing, and as proud Americans, we are horrified by the devastation wrought by these terrorists. We are acutely aware of the human toll that this attack has taken on our country-some of us are still grieving, having lost loved ones
in this tragedy. Indeed, we stand in absolute solidarity and in sympathy with those who grieve the loss of a mother or a father, daughter or son, husband, wife, life partner or other family or friends.

And we, too, want to see justice done.

Nonetheless, we are greatly concerned by the response of our government, and we cannot support the dehumanization and increased racial profiling of Arab, Muslim, Middle Eastern, and Central and South Asian people; the further loss of fundamental American civil liberties; a shifting of economic resources away from critical social and human services; and now, military action in the Middle East which puts innocent people, including US service members, at risk. Nor can we accept rhetoric and actions which disproportionately put young people and people of color directly in the line of fire.

These are not issues we take lightly.

In taking this stance, we recognize that it won't be popular and it may even be dangerous. Even now, more than three weeks after this horrific attack, there exists a highly-charged, revenge-bent atmosphere-an atmosphere palpable particularly for people who look like they may be from the Middle East, but which ultimately affects all Americans. We are deeply concerned about the environment of suspicion, blame and violence fueled, in large measure, by the bellicose rhetoric which came early from the White House. We hope that their proverbial "better angels" guide all Americans in this time of turmoil. We specifically call upon President George W. Bush to be a leader in this regard, and we are grateful that he has begun to tone down the rhetoric.

Many have advocated for a national discussion which includes asking why so many people around the world hate the United States in the first place. It is just too bad that this becomes a central question for our government only after the US becomes a target.

We know we face the inevitable charges hurled from predictable quarters condemning our position as un-American. We are clear, however, in the distinctions between blind nationalism and true patriotism. We refuse to muzzle our deep and heartfelt concerns about this war, for fear of being labeled as traitors. If democratic ideals are ever to be truly realized by all Americans, we must all stand with our country when and where she is right, and work firmly and steadfastly to correct the course when, as now, we believe she is in danger of betraying the ideals that make her great.

A thirst for vengeance can never really be quenched. It comes from a place of hatred, not of love. By acting with our military, more innocent people will die-civilians, children, young soldiers, many with families of their own to support, both here and abroad.

As cliché as it may seem, violence only brings more violence. If as a country we take the bait, the healing will not begin, and this terrible national tragedy will only get worse as more terrorism occurs as a result of our actions. We would do well to remember the old adage about not becoming that which we most despise.

We are not saying that the US cannot work hard to bring the people who are responsible for these atrocities to justice. But, the ends cannot justify the means when the means require us to restrict the democratic values which make us American in the first place.

We are also aware of the need to offer more than just criticism of our government's actions; and advocate for the following:

* The United States government must define clear goals and desired outcomes of this "New War." We continue to be confounded as to what would, in this instance, constitute victory. It seems to us that this war is much like our alleged War on Drugs in that the targets are ever-changing, the resources needed for the fight ever-growing, and the only real evidence of results are the increases in incarceration rates for young people of color.

* The United States government must not reinstate the military draft. One need only to take a cursory look at some of the current and previous occupants of the White House and Vice President's Residence to see that it is disproportionately the young and poor who will be pressed into service, not those whose political connections run deep. Of course, for LGBT young people who want to serve their country, their courage should be praised, not diminished by a policy that requires them to lie about their sexual orientation.

* As a nation, we must bring all available resources to bare against ethnic, racial, and religious-based profiling-always a negative side effect of war. Already we have seen hundreds of acts of violence against people who are perceived to be terrorists or terrorist-sympathizers because of how they worship, how they look, or where they may be from in the world.

* The United States government must avoid the restrictions on fundamental civil liberties that the law enforcement community is already demanding in exchange for providing some illusory sense of personal safety. Basic civil rights for LGBT people have been under assault for many years, and any further erosion of the civil liberties of all Americans will only make it worse.

* Our nation must not allow the diversion of American resources to corporate bailouts, defense, intelligence, and the military industrial complex at the expense of social safety net programs-especially in the midst of an economic downturn like the one we are experiencing. Not surprisingly, non-profits that serve youth, particularly LGBT youth, are already seeing dramatic
declines in corporate and individual giving. For youth programs, particularly those who depend on government funding, the shift to a wartime economy could be disastrous.

Some may ask why an organization working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth would even have an opinion about this war. In the past, we, like other social justice groups, have been attacked for our multi-issue approach to organizing. Even some of our colleague organizations may wish we would stay silent.

In fact, we did consider saying nothing.

In the end, however, social justice must be about something more important than a narrow agenda serving only a few. For us, it requires us to look at the connections which exist between oppressions, and refuse to accept a hierarchy which must always include a few at the top and many at the bottom.

It is important for all of us to remember that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are represented in every race, religion, and in all parts of the world; and that they suffer injustice compounded by their multiple identities. We must be vigilant, especially now, in our efforts to fight injustice in all its forms.

We are humbled by the spirit of community which has come into our country in countless untold ways over the past few weeks; and we honor the powerful courage shown by so many of our fellow Americans. Now should be a time to grieve for those whom we have lost, celebrating their lives and spirits, and to reflect upon what it will take to end violence, and hunger, and poverty, and tyranny in every corner of the world.

We should not sit back and accept that so many more must die in order for the US to appear strong. Our national ego cannot allow vengeance to substitute for justice.

The National Youth Advocacy Coalition is the only national organization solely focused on advocacy, education, and information addressing the broad range of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. NYAC works to end discrimination against these young people and to ensure their physical and emotional wellbeing. NYAC is a social justice organization and represents the interests of LGBT youth and the over 500 organizations nationwide providing support services to LGBT youth.

And I also want to share this:

The Wolves Within  ~ Author Unknown

An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, "Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."

He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way."

"But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather solemnly said, "The one I feed."

November 3, 2002

I am against the war that the United States is moving toward with Iraq. For an article that explains some of why I feel this way, please read this article by Robert Fisk: What the US President wants us to forget October 9, 2002, Independent Digital (London, UK). Also my friend Bryant Russell says some things I think are really important in this opinion piece: It's OK to speak out against policies of the president - October 18, 2002, The Olympian (Olympia, WA)

For more information about the anti-war movement, see these resources:

International A.N.S.W.E.R. [Act Now to Stop War & End Racism] 
and also
  - an educational campaign of International A.N.S.W.E.R.

National Network to End the War Against Iraq

November 19, 2002

Here is another article I want to recommend: Another World Must Be Possible on the War Times website. War Times has a lot of good information.  Their mission statement is:  

The terrorist attacks of September 11 marked the beginning of a new and frightening period in our history. Thousands of people died that day, and their families along with the country as a whole are still struggling to recover. But President Bush's response of "permanent war against terrorism at home and abroad" has further endangered the lives and liberties of millions of people everywhere.

War Times is being produced to help broaden and deepen the fight against the Bush program by compiling information and analysis, and putting them into the hands of large numbers of readers. We are planning for it to be a free, mass produced, biweekly, and nationally distributed tabloid-sized newspaper. It will be a valuable outreach and education tool for organizers on the ground and an entryway for new people into the peace and justice movement.

December 14, 2002 
My friend Martha sent me this tonight and I want to share it:

Subject: Rooting out Evil

Toronto, Canada 
November 21, 2002

Canadians to lead weapons inspection team into USA

A coalition of Canadian peace groups today announced their intention to send an international team of volunteer weapons inspectors into the United States later this winter.

The coalition, Rooting Out Evil, are recruiting inspectors through their newly launched website, "Our action has been inspired by none other than George W. Bush," said Christy Ferguson, a spokesperson for the group.

"The Bush administration has repeatedly declared that the most dangerous rogue nations are those that:

1) have massive stockpiles of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons;
2) ignore due process at the United Nations;
3) refuse to sign and honour international treaties; and
4) have come to power through illegitimate means.

"On the basis of President Bush's guidelines, it is clear that the current U.S. administration poses a great threat to global security," said Ferguson.

"We're following Bush's lead and demanding that the U.S. grant our inspectors immediate and unfettered access to any site in the country - including all presidential compounds - so that we can identify the weapons of mass destruction in this rogue state," added David Langille.

Visitors to Rooting Out Evil's website are invited to sign on as honorary members of the weapons inspection team. Honorary inspectors can participate in the action, or they can simply lend the support of their name as they would on a petition. The actual inspection team that crosses the border will be comprised of prominent individuals from Canada and other countries.

The Rooting Out Evil coalition includes Greenpeace Canada, the Centre for Social Justice, and the Toronto Committee Against War and Sanctions on Iraq, and is supported by American groups such as the National Network to End the War Against Iraq, Global Exchange and the US section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. They oppose the development, storage, and use of weapons of mass destruction by any state.

For information: David Langille or Christy Ferguson  
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Phone (306) 664-6071

December 15, 2002 

See this powerful animation "Technical Difficulties" on  It takes a while to load (on a slow connection) but its worth it. Do have your computer speakers on. 
(Moved from its original site at

December 21, 2002

As I am thinking about war, I am remembering these:

The War Prayer
by Mark Twain

Johnny Got His Gun
by Dalton Trumbo

Publisher Comments:
"This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered--not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives...This is no ordinary novel. This is a novel that never takes the easy way out: it is shocking, violent, terrifying, horrible, uncompromising, brutal, remorseless and gruesome...but so is war."

"It is hard to imaging a more persuasive argument for staying out of war than this smooth, savage, brilliant tale."-Chicago Daily News

Powell's Books page or Amazon Books page for this book.  

December 31, 2002

Local resource: Sound Nonviolent Opponents of War (SNOW) - a Puget Sound Washington coalition working to prevent escalation of war in Iraq and elsewhere.

January 8, 2003

Then They Came for Me - by Stephen F. Rohde, Esq.

Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and President of the ACLU of Southern California, is indebted to the inspiration of Rev. Martin Niemoller (1937).

January 26, 2003

The Village Voice:
A Pill to Wipe the Conscience Clean - THE GUILT-FREE SOLDIER 
"On the eve of a messy 21st-century war, university researchers are probing ways to unlearn fear. Erik Baard dissects the uses of the amygdala."

Interview With Noam Chomsky

From the Wilderness:

(updated version -- original was at

February 25, 2003

Look at these photos from February 15 peace events around the world:  (moved from )  This will take a while to load (on a slower connection) but WOW! 

And another: Pictures from 110 protests out of over 400 throughout the world:
This is a page with links to each picture.

February 28, 2003

Two quotes worth thinking about now:

Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials, April 18, 1946, reported by Gustave Gilbert in his book Nuremberg Diary. 

"Of course the people don't want war. ... But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. ... voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

See for more about the above quote.

In 1848 Representative Abraham Lincoln responded in a letter to his law partner, William H. Herndon, who had suggested that the United States would be prudent to attack Mexico before they attacked us. This was Lincoln's reply:

"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose - - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, 'I see no probability of the British invading us' but he will say to you 'be silent; I see it, if you don't.

The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons: Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood."

Is Opposing the War an LGBT Issue?   A policy brief by the American Friends Service Committee's GLBTQ Community Relations Unit in partnership with National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Now posted on the Safe Schools Coalition website:
(pdf format)

U.S. Diplomat Resigns, Protesting 'Our Fervent Pursuit of War'
New York Times   2/28/03

The text of John Brady Kiesling's letter:

What Ever Happened to Protest?  Speak Up: A democratic nation has a sacred and historic duty to debate any choice for war
by Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

March  1, 2003

Thank you to Mike Webb for giving out this information and URL on his excellent talk show on KIRO radio in Seattle last night:


Myth 1: Removing Saddam Will Punish 9/11 Perpetrators
Myth 2: Powell Presented Strong Evidence at UN 
Myth 3: Saddam May Soon Threaten US 
Myth 4: Experts 'Discover' Prohibited Missile 
Myth 5: Bin Laden Tape Proves Iraq Connection 
Myth 6: Iraq Still Has Large Nuclear Program 
Myth 7: If US Pulls Out Now, It Looks Bad 
Myth 8: A Cheap, Easy War 
Myth 9: Wartime Press is Free and Unbiased 
Myth 10: Goal is to Free Iraqis, Not to Grab Oil 
Myth 11: War Solves the Energy Crisis 
Myth 12: UN Commitments Don't Really Matter 
Myth 13: Protesting a War is Unpatriotic

See much more about each of these myths at

Over 900 public readings of the Aristophanes' bawdy antiwar comedy Lysistrata are scheduled for Monday, March 3. The public performances will occur in 56 countries and all 50 US states, condemning a preemptive war on Iraq. For more details on the project, visit the project's website:
Two Olympia performances are scheduled. They will occur downtown, at Traditions Cafe (5th & Water St.) and at The Evergreen State College in The Longhouse. Both Olympia performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 3.

Bill Moyers on Patriotism and the American Flag 
Bill Moyers commentary last night on his wonderful show NOW, which was delayed an hour but I was lucky enough to catch.

March  4, 2003

Why the Right Hates America
If They Love America So Much, Why Are They Working Overtime to Destroy It?
By Mark Zepezauer - CounterPunch - February 28, 2003

The Last One - begins with "OK, this is my last anti-war column." 
by Charley Reese - March 3, 2003

March  5, 2003

This happened yesterday in a suburb of Albany, New York:

Peace T-shirt leads to man's arrest 
(No longer posted, but it was at

Lawyer Arrested for Wearing a 'Peace' T-Shirt
  (originally posted at

Man charged with trespassing after mall security objects to peace T-shirt 

He Kept His Shirt On -- And Got Arrested (added here on 1/15/04) 

March 6, 2003

More about the man arrested for wearing a peace t-shirt:

From the Houston Chronicle
Marchers protest arrest over 'peace' T-shirt 
This was posted at -- may be in the newspaper's archives but that is paid access only)

from the London Times, UK
Shooting the messenger: lawyer arrested over anti-war T-shirt,,5470-601553,00.html

and from Times Union - Albany, NY:
Mall drops T-shirt charges 
(This was posted at -- it is now in the newspaper's archives but that is paid access only)
Editorial: Tempest over a T-shirt 

(This was posted at -- it is now in the newspaper's archives but that is paid access only)

And more good resources:

Veterans for Common Sense - an ad-hoc organization of Gulf War veterans working to ensure the debate over war considers all necessary issues.

Attorneys Against the War - providing a clearinghouse for information about the war, including links to all the major antiwar sites, posts of useful media articles, updates on what can be done, information on how the war as planned would violate the U.N. Charter, the Geneva Convention, and the U.S. Constitution, and an expanding list of attorneys opposed to the war.

March 8, 2003

Rights on the Rack - Alleged Torture in Terror War Imperils U.S. Standards of Humanity
by Jonathan Turley
Published on Thursday, March 6, 2003 by the Los Angeles Times

Afghan Prisoners Beaten to Death at US Military Interrogation Base
by Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles
Published on Friday, March 7, 2003 by the Guardian/UK

According to the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War PART III - CAPTIVITY - SECTION I - BEGINNING OF CAPTIVITY - Article 17 (adopted in 1949):

  "No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind."      Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

by Howard Zinn
Featured Views - Published on Thursday, February 27, 2003 by

Howard Zinn, professor emeritus at Boston University, is the author of A People's History of the United States

Bill Moyers Talks with Chris Hedges 
3/7/03 NOW Transcript

As foreign correspondent for the New York Times, Chris Hedges covered the Balkans, the Middle East, including the first Gulf War, and Central America. Last year, he was a member of the team of reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for New York Times' coverage of global terrorism. He now writes the column, "Public Lives" and the book War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. More on Chris Hedges:

March 9, 2003

The New York Times    March 9, 2003    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Just War - or a Just War?

New York Times Editorial/Op-Ed    March 7, 2003
Losses, Before Bullets Fly

New York Times Editorial/Op-Ed    March 7, 2003
Let Them Hate as Long as They Fear

March 10, 2003

Opting for peace does not mean a passive acquiescence to evil or compromise of principle. It demands an active struggle against hatred, oppression and disunity, but not by using methods of violence. Building peace requires creative and courageous action.
                                            ~ Pope John Paul II (Jan. 21, 2003)

(originally this was posted at ) 

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Pacifism
Alex Moseley, Ph.D.

A Practical Christian Pacifism
by David A. Hoekema

War and Pacifism
Agnosticism/Atheism with Austin Cline

The Pacifism of Islam

March 14, 2003

Gays Most Skeptical Of US War Policy Survey Shows
by Mark Worrall Newscenter - San Francisco Bureau - March 14, 2003 
(originally this was posted at ) 

Martin Luther King on the Middle East: What would Martin do?

by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Adapted from his writings and public statements by Clayborne Carson)

March 18, 2003

A Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War

Why I had to leave the cabinet
This will be a war without support at home or agreement abroad
Robin Cook
Tuesday March 18, 2003 - The Guardian,12956,916359,00.html

March 19, 2003

The outbreak of war is not the end of the fight for peace -- only the beginning. I ask you to join me in signing a Citizens' Declaration reaffirming our commitment to international cooperation. Around the globe, people are joining together in the declaration which will be revealed in a press conference on Friday, March 21st, along with the number of signers.

Here's the text of the Declaration:


As a US-led invasion of Iraq begins, we, the undersigned citizens of many countries, reaffirm our commitment to addressing international conflicts through the rule of law and the United Nations.

By joining together across countries and continents, we have emerged as a new force for peace. As we grieve for the victims of this war, we pledge to redouble our efforts to put an end to the Bush Administration's doctrine of pre-emptive attack and the reckless use of military power.

You can sign it at 

Thank you.

March 22, 2003

I just sent a thank you to Rep. Jim McDermott from Washington 7th Congressional District after reading this:  

Lawmaker Calls War Resolution 'Dishonest' (originally I had that linked to here but its not there now.)

This is what I wrote him:

Dear Congressman McDermott 
My husband and I both want to thank you for not endorsing H Con Res 104 yesterday, and for the powerful statement you made. We appreciate the courageous stand you have taken against this war which we believe is both illegal and immoral.

March 26, 2003

Moore fires Oscar anti-war salvo 
BBC News, Monday, 24 March, 2003

The article above includes the full text of Michael Moore's speech at the 75th Academy Awards on 3/23/03, which I want to thank him for. The full text of his speech is at the end of the article. 

Kurt Vonnegut Vs. the !*!@ 
By Joel Bleifuss, In These Times 
February 10, 2003

The Lords of Vengeance
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 24 March 2003

War from 30,00 feet
Bush has stampeded America into conflict

By R.C. Longworth
March 23, 2003     Chicago Tribune
(originally I had that linked to here but its not there now.) 

But wasn't this supposed to be a clean little war?

Here is an article from today's International Herald Tribune:
Casualties rise as forces push north
which starts out:

"The United States said Wednesday that many hundreds of Iraqi fighters had been killed in heavy fighting near An Najaf, south of Baghdad, but the aim of U.S. and British forces to minimize civilian casualties appeared to suffer a serious setback when one or more bombs or missiles reportedly struck a poor residential neighborhood in the capital."

Then there is this:

Pictures of Liberated Iraqis 
Dancing in the Streets
Iraqis Welcome Coalition Forces (warning: graphic content)

On the homepage from that site I also found this quote:

What does it matter to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?  - Mahatma Gandhi

March 27, 2003

More words for these times...  (I also added these to my quotes collection)

"Violent means will give violent freedom." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"However much I may sympathize with and admire worthy motives, I am an uncompromising opponent of violent methods even to serve the noblest of causes."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"What kind of victory is it when someone is left defeated?" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Democracy and violence can ill go together. Evolution of democracy is not possible if we are not prepared to hear the other side." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

"It is good to see ourselves as others see us. Try as we may, we are never able to know ourselves fully as we are, especially the evil side of us. This we can do only if we are not angry with our critics but will take in good heart whatever they might have to say." 
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international affairs. The machinery's of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another."
~ Mahatma Gandhi

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."
~ Albert Einstein

"The rapprochement of peoples is only possible when differences of culture and outlook are respected and appreciated rather than feared and condemned, when the common bond of human dignity is recognized as the essential bond for a peaceful world."
~ William Fulbright

"When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail."
~ Abraham Maslow

"As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy."
~ Christopher Dawson

March 28, 2003

Heeding Dr. King's Warning: Don't Sleep Through the "Revolution"
by Jose J. Soto, J.D.; Lincoln, Nebraska
Published in In Motion Magazine December 2, 2000

"As we prepare to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I take this opportunity to share with you portions of a sermon he delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on March 31st 1968. Dr. King's thoughts and concerns are as valid today as they were thirty-three ago." ...

An urgent appeal to the churches: 'We must resist this war'
Sojourners: Christians for Justice and Peace
(no longer posted, but it was at )

Risk for Peace
By James MacKinnon
Adbusters: Mar/Apr 2003

I'd Like to Thank the Vatican...
Michael Moore fesses up to his Oscar day 'mistake' -- going to Mass first.
By Michael Moore
March 27, 2003
and also published in the Los Angeles Times as an Op-Ed

Iraq: Missile kills at least 58 at Baghdad market
Associated Press March 28, 2003 
(No longer posted but it was at

March 30, 2003

A letter to America - by Margaret Atwood
March 28, 2003
The Globe and Mail newspaper - Toronto, Ontario, Canada 

From Gabi:

I believe that my country has become a rogue nation. We are now vigilantes.

vigilante noun [C]
a person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime, especially because they do not think that official organizations, such as the police, are controlling crime effectively. Vigilantes usually join together to form groups.     
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

We have invaded Iraq to enforce international law, in spite of our act being against international law which we are defending. We do not have the United Nations approval to do this. The United States did not ask for another vote from the UN Security Council because we knew that it would be voted down/vetoed. Those other countries that were not in favor of this war thought there were still other options. We couldn't wait and try them. 

I believe that either the law means something or it doesn't. If it does mean something then you work with it, or you work to change it, or maybe you do civil disobedience. But breaking into the jailhouse with your gang of vigilantes and grabbing the man who has been caught and tried and convicted and not sentenced yet, and taking him out and killing him (and those other people who inconveniently get in the way) is not civil disobedience. It is criminal.

I believe that George Bush Jr. and his administration have created this situation we are in now with a macho-posturing super-power rush to war, and I am not proud of my country for this.

To those who say that protesting this war is anti-American, I disagree. Not loving our country would be just saying "I don't think what we are doing is a good thing but I don't care enough to say anything or do anything about it."

Good parents understand that loving your children unconditionally doesn't mean that whatever they do and however they do it is wonderful all the time. Loving our country does not mean total-approval-all-the-time-no-matter-what. It's good citizenship to be informed and engaged and active and vocal. Being vocal -- protesting -- when we believe our government is doing something in our name that is not okay is loving America.

March 31, 2003

Back Off, Syria and Iran!
OP-ED COLUMNIST - The New York Times - Sunday, March 30, 2003

NBC Fires Peter Arnett Over Iraqi TV Interview
By Mark Wilkinson
Washington Post - Reuters, 3/31/03 
(Originally I had this linked to 

Star journo fired over war view
By Stephanie Griffith in Washington -- Australia
April 01, 2003,4057,6219902%255E1702,00.html

April 1, 2003

"If the people of the world are ever to be free, there must come a time when being a citizen of the world takes precedence over being the soldier of a nation. Now is that time." 
~ Veterans Call to Conscience to Active Duty Troops and Reservists 
see the entire powerful Statement to the Troops 

April 2, 2003

DISSENT - Conscientious Objector Numbers Are Small but Growing
The New York Times     April 1, 2003  

Marine obeys his conscience - Reservist didn't ship out with his unit to Iraq
Pamela J. Podger
San Francisco Chronicle    April 2, 2003

April 5, 2003

Book Review by David Wood:
War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning
by Chris Hedges

More about Chris Hedges:

Bill Moyers Talks with Chris Hedges -- NOW (PBS) transcript

and more on Chris Hedges and War Reporting on the NOW site:

Opinion: Victims of war are not our enemies 

More about Weldon Nisly and the Christian Peacemaker Teams:

29 March 2003     Iraq Diaries - 
Peacemakers expelled from Iraq
Update, Christian Peacemaker Team

30 March 2003    Iraq Diaries - 
Expelled Peaceteam members in car accident near border with Jordan 
Doug Hostetter, Christian Peacemaker Team

Mar. 30, 2003 San Jose CA Mercury News 
Unplanned detour in a mud-brick town finds the hidden impact of war 
CHARLES J. HANLEY    Associated Press

April 10, 2003

April 6, 2003   CBS Weekly Commentary
Just Tell Us The Truth
by Andy Rooney

April 21, 2003 issue of The Nation
The Reason Why 

April 7, 2003
My Oscar "Backlash": "Stupid White Men" Back At #1, "Bowling" Breaks New Records
by Michael Moore

08apr03    Sunday Times - Perth, Western Australia
Civilian death toll horrific: priest,4057,6255211%255E1702,00.html

April 8, 2003   New York Times  
Republicans Want Terror Law Made Permanent

April 12, 2003

April 10, 2003     
TALKING POINTS -- The Day After the Statues Fall
by Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies 

4/10/2003     USA TODAY     
Some see victory extending beyond Iraq
by Barbara Slavin 

April 10, 2003     The Guardian - UK     
Sony leads charge to cash in on Iraq
by Julia Day,7494,933239,00.html

April 13, 2003

The photographs tell the story... 
The pictures and the story on the Information Clearing House website (source: NYC IndyMedia) give a different take on the famous photo of the toppling of Saddam's statue: 

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, 
or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, 
is not only unpatriotic and servile, 
but is morally treasonable to the American public.

 ~ Theodore Roosevelt 
1918, following Woodrow Wilson's sweeping crackdown against dissent 
after the American entry into WWI

April 15, 2003

CBS Producer Fired For Comparing The Mood In America To That Of Germans Who Helped Hitler's Rise To Power - 'Hitler' Exec Producer Fired Over Remarks 
April 10, 2003

by Pat Holt    Holt Uncensored #363    March 31, 2003

April 17, 2003

Anti-American protests intensify in Iraq

Why The Anti-War Movement Was Right
By Arianna Huffington April 16, 2003

Opinion: War is good, said Bush as the Louvre fell to looters
Simon Jenkins    Times Online (UK)    April 16, 2003,,482-647986,00.html
(site requires free registration but article is still online there)

Quotes to think about...

Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967

It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. ~ Herbert Clark Hoover

'Democracy,' in the United States rhetoric refers to a system of governance in which elite elements based in the business community control the state by virtue of their dominance of the private society, while the population observes quietly. So understood, democracy is a system of elite decision and public ratification, as in the United States itself. Correspondingly, popular involvement in the formation of public policy is considered a serious threat. It is not a step towards democracy; rather it constitutes a 'crisis of democracy' that must be overcome. ~ Noam Chomsky in On Power and Ideology (1987)

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. ~ Robert Hutchins

April 20, 2003

Statement by Tim Robbins to the National Press Club
April 15, 2003

and Rush Limbaugh's response:
Why Are You Still Free To Speak, Tim Robbins?
April 15, 2003

Neighbors of Iraq Express Concern Over U.S. Intentions
By SARAH KERSHAW    New York Times    April 18, 2003

April 23, 2003

Today Show Goes Dark On Tim Robbins
by Steve Rosenbaum, A NYC television producer
April 19, 2003

Poor Sean Hannity
by Charley Reese
April 23, 2003

April 24, 2003

May 2, 2003

Impatient Justice
Congratulations. We've just won the wrong war.

by William Saletan, Slate - ballot box Politics and policy      Friday, May 2, 2003

May 3, 2003

A dissenter looks at war's consequences
by Robert Steinback    April 15, 2003    Miami Herald

Did our leaders lie to us? Do we even care?
by Robert Steinback    April 29, 2003    Miami Herald 

The Janeane Garafolo Interview
by Elizabeth DiNovella    May 2003    The Progressive 

Kennedy warns on nuclear tests
by Julian Borger    The Guardian (UK)    April 30, 2003,12271,946260,00.html 

May 17, 2003

Neoconservative clout seen in U.S. Iraq policy
By BRUCE MURPHY     April 5, 2003

Senate Remarks: Making the Military a Stage Prop for Politics
by U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd     May 06, 2003

COMMENTARY: Counting Votes While the Bombs Drop
by Karl Rove   Los Angeles Times    May 7, 2003 
(originally posted at,0,462828.story)

A Plan for Iraq: Leave 
by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.    May 8, 2003

Petition: Reject Nomination of Bush and Blair for Nobel Prize 
Norwegian Member of Parliament Harald Tom Nesvik announced that he has nominated them for a Nobel Peace Prize!

May 22, 2003

If Bush Was Popular, We Wouldn't Need Polls to Convince Us
by Matt Peiken    May 16, 2003

West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd: Iraq War, "Unprovoked Invasion of A Sovereign Nation"
Delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate    t r u t h o u t | Statement    May 21, 2003

May 26, 2003

Jessica Lynch 'rescue' a crock, says BBC - CBC Newsworld will air the BBC's expose of the phony spin the U.S. put on Jessica Lynch's recovery in Iraq.
London Free Press     2003-05-23

May 27, 2003

Gore Vidal on the "United States of Amnesia," 9/11, the 2000 Election and the War in Iraq 
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman recently met up with Gore Vidal for an extensive interview. The interview aired on May 13, 2003.

Shout Their Names Into The Wind
By William Rivers Pitt     t r u t h o u t | Perspective     Tuesday 27 May 2003

June 4, 2003

How their big lie came to be 
by Robert Scheer
June 3, 2003

Standard Operating Procedure 
By PAUL KRUGMAN > Opinion June 3, 2003

July 4, 2003

A Nation of Victims
by Renana Brooks
The Nation | Posted June 12, 2003

Daddy, why did we have to attack Iraq?
Unknown author, 09 Jun 2003

July 12, 2003

I just read this article:

Controversy over State of the Union claim intensifies
by Wolf Blitzer       CNN       July 11, 2003

And in that article there was this:

And even some Republicans want more answers.

"We need to have an investigation. Find out who is responsible for it and fire them," Arizona Sen. John McCain told CNN today.

To me the place that responsibility sits is with the president. The 'buck' stops there. If other people or agencies were part of it then that needs to be dealt with also, but that should not let Bush off the hook. He wanted to be the leader of this country. He has to be held accountable for where and how he leads.

July 15, 2003

CIA Got Uranium Reference Cut in Oct. - Why Bush Cited It In Jan. Is Unclear
By Walter Pincus and Mike Allen       Washington Post       July 13, 2003 

Move On has created the Distortion of Evidence Campaign to ask our Congress to create an independent commission to investigate the Bush administration's distortion of evidence. Please ask your Representative to pledge his or her support at:

July 17, 2003

Conservatives' core duty on WMD
by Doug Bandow       Christian Science Monitor       July 08, 2003 

Trading on fear
by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber       The Guardian (UK)       July 12, 2003 

(originally posted at,12271,995669,00.html )

A Firm Basis for Impeachment
by Robert Scheer       Los Angeles Times       July 15, 2003

(originally posted at,0,288128.column)

Bush's Mis-State-Ment Of The Union Fiasco
by Arianna Huffington       July 16, 2003 

September 1, 2003

GW Bush Went AWOL
Where were you in '72?  Most of us remember...Bush does not... 

by Howard Zinn
Z MAGAZINE     July 24, 2003 

Humpty Dumpty Will Fall
by Howard Zinn
It Seems to Me | The Progressive | August 2003 Issue 

When is Enough Enough?
By Jennifer Barrett
Newsweek     Sunday 24 August 2003  

September 21, 2003

Bands Against Bush is an international resistance movement advocating the use of music, art and culture to create a more just and equitable world.

Check out the BAB website for upcoming events in Olympia, WA and beyond.

November 1, 2003

The Progressive -- October 2003 Issue -- It Seems to Me 
An Occupied Country
by Howard Zinn  

The St. Louis Journalism Review - October 2003 - Early Edition 
A frightened press: how ultra-conservative commentators intimidate mainstream media
By Ed Bishop

(originally posted at 

November 3, 2003

Toronto Star -- Nov. 2, 2003 
Pentagon keeps dead out of sight
Bush team doesn't want people to see human cost of war
Even body bags are now sanitized as `transfer tubes'
by Tim Harper

November 10, 2003

Where do the Candidates Stand?
This voter guide is part of Peace Voter 2004, a Peace Action* initiative to address critical foreign policy issues during the election. 

December 7, 2003

International Herald Tribune -- December 4, 2003
Kofi A. Annan: Defining a new role for the United Nations 

December 11, 2003  

Alec and I went to one of the house parties that sponsored all over the USA last Sunday to launch the film Uncovered: The Whole Truth about the Iraq War. "The story of how truth became the first casualty in Iraq." It is an excellent documentary, and available for purchase as a video or DVD. -- a website dedicated to holding George W. Bush accountable for his lies and deceptions 

December 18, 2003  

The Right Wing -- a great flash animation 

We Finally Got Our Frankenstein -- by Michael Moore 

January 11, 2004  

From the Jan. 19, 2004 issue of Time magazine
Confessions of a White House Insider - A book about Treasury's Paul O'Neill paints a presidency where ideology and politics rule the day --,9171,1101040119-574809,00.html

January 12, 2004  

January 12, 2004   Washington Post
Army War College Study Blasts U.S. War on Terrorism

January 15, 2004  

The Village Voice  January 14 - 20, 2004 
Bush Flees Iraq Mess On The Campaign Express - Last Copter Out of Baghdad 
by Rick Perlstein 

January 20, 2004  

Honor the Memory of Martin Luther King - Get Active!
CODEPINK, Global Exchange and Black Voices for Peace created an inspiring flash movie "Honor the Memory of Martin Luther King - Get Active!" using an excerpt from Dr. King's April 4, 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam" along with heart-wrenching images of the US occupation of Iraq. 

CodePink Women for Peace 
Global Exchange 
Black Voices for Peace 

March 10, 2004  

The new Pentagon papers
A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war. 
by Karen Kwiatkowski     March 10, 2004

March 21, 2004 - information on Bush's plans for a draft, with links to reports and articles about the draft.

March 22, 2004

The Things They Wrote - Soldiers Last Letters Home 
The New York Times      March, 21 2004 

March 24, 2004

FREE TO DISAGREE IN SOUTH SOUND - New nonprofit group taps billboards to get word out 
Donations to fund messages promoting peace, democracy, group says
The Olympian, Olympia, Washington     March 5, 2004

Free to Disagree website - 

April 18, 2004

The Wrong War 
by Bob Herbert
The New York Times       April 19, 2004

May 26, 2004

Remarks by Al Gore

June 2004 

What Do We Do Now?
by Howard Zinn
The Progressive

August 12, 2004

The Ghosts of War
By John Cory     t r u t h o u t | Perspective 

September 9, 2004

Some resources:

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) - a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) that is committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, AFSC nurtures the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation.  

Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors (CCCO) - supports and promotes individual and collective resistance to war and preparations for war. Their programs include "Military Out of Our Schools," "The GI Rights Hotline," "Third World Outreach Program" and more.  

Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) - an interfaith organization that educates, trains, builds coalitions, and engages in nonviolent and compassionate actions locally, nationally, and globally, envisioning a world of justice, peace, and freedom. "It is a revolutionary vision of a beloved community where differences are respected, conflicts are addressed nonviolently, oppressive structures are dismantled, and where people live in harmony with the earth, nurtured by diverse spiritual traditions that foster compassion, solidarity, and reconciliation." 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) - works to achieve