Palaver from Persimmon Crossing — Why peace? Why now? Why us?
|February 19, 2003||Posted by Staff under The Progress Report|
Palaver from Persimmon Crossing
with Warren Faulk On February 15, 2003, millions of people from all over the world demonstrated in opposition to the planned war against Iraq. Public support for the war, and for pro-war politicians, continues to fall. What will be the outcome?
Why peace? Why now? Why us?
This is not the time for us to gloat … if we have drawn back from the brink, even for a little while. All of the ingredients for war, now possibly averted, are still in place. This can be a proud moment or merely a fleeting memory. Now is the time to consolidate the peace. By that I mean we need to correct those things that made us vulnerable to begin with. It really was about oil and the solution really is to switch to alternative forms of energy.
All the huffing and puffing about who was evil will amount to nothing if we don’t produce and use the right kinds of energy. Here we have an opportunity to demonstrate true and beneficial world leadership. There may always be Saddams and Osamas to contend with. Men that we see as irrational. But we must not be. Must not stoop to their level. Must not react to their gloating that they somehow defeated us. They did not. They escaped, if indeed they do escape, by the narrowest of margins. It is we who have achieved a victory. We have checked our greed. And now we have an opportunity to do things in a better way.
This may be our finest hour, springing from debate with ourselves. We are on the brink of peace. In many countries it would have been necessary to overthrow the existing government and plunge society into chaos to stop a war movement of this magnitude … but not in America. Not this time. This is what down and dirty democracy, freedom of speech really look like. Let us go decisively from here to make respect for the earth and mankind our main focus.
In a rather unlikely manner, we may be about to become a great and singular leader among nations.
— Warren Faulk
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