Sunday, July 18, 2004
They're sending my friend to Iraq
I know when he leaves for Iraq he'll be going from bad to worse. But what about when he returns? After all, we're warned that by then we may see a terrorist atrocity lead to the cancellation of elections and martial law. He'll leave the war to come home to the war. I am not hoping for this. I hope he comes back and can resume his happy life in San Francisco. Still, I'm concerned that he could be among the 20% reportedly suffering from post traumatic stress. Worse, he might be excluded from statistics for political purposes, like the tens of thousands suffering from DU exposure.
Again, that's not what I wish for him or anyone. I can't help thinking ahead to his safe return. Positive visualization is useful. Let me tell you what else I want to see:
A small town passes a resolution. It says there is no BASIS for confidence in American elections. It says the Consent of the Governed is being denied.
Other communities pass similar statements and the national dialog begins to change. The Consent of the Governed is being withdrawn.
These communities begin to coordinate and build consensus. We aim to restore a genuine participatory democracy encouraging competition of ideas.
I hope I will hug my friend again some day. I hope when that happens, he has understood that the best way anybody could support the troops is to replace this government that is addicted to war.