Dear Mr. Hayden,
First, I want to thank you for coming down to San Diego to give a lecture on such an important topic as the peace movement in this country. I hope your journey back to Los Angeles was smooth sailing! I really appreciate your enthusiasm and efforts to raise awareness of the peace movement, and to galvanize support at a grassroots level to address the sheer destructiveness of the wars our country is currently engaged in. This "long war", as you described it last night, is truly a travesty, with millions of innocent men, women and children of all nationalities, religions, races, and creeds being murdered, maimed, displaced or otherwise negatively affected by the policies of the United States government and military.
I wasn't able to ask my question or challenge a few of your assertions following your lecture, and wanted to follow-up with this email in the hopes that my concerns would be addressed. One topic I found surprisingly lacking in your presentation-- which was briefly addressed by a gentleman in the audience following your lecture-- was the event that precipitated and ignited this disastrous "long war" we find ourselves in today. That event, of course, was 9/11. And of course, any individual that has studied that event in any detail knows full well that the official story is not only a blatant lie, but a cover-up of government complicity at the highest levels. Is this an issue that the peace movement in this country should not be concerned about?
You mentioned in your lecture that civilian deaths are being kept secret and covered up, and that the suffering is far worse than what is being reported in the media. You argued that any member of government that is keeping these details secret is unworthy of support. I could not agree more. Further, you stated that the military policy and tactics of the United States is actually causing terrorism, and is giving justification for individuals to take up arms against the United States. You asserted that this is treason, another point I cannot agree more with. That being said, I'd draw on your observations and argue that anyone involved in government that justifies the "long war" based on the 9/11 attacks is not only unworthy of support, but is guilty of treason. Would you agree with that statement?
The fact is that both political parties are complicit in this cover-up, and the sheer evilness that it has unleashed. Is this any political system a member of the peace movement can support? Ultimately, refusing to address the 9/11 issue is an obfuscation from the real reason why our government so hastily went to war. In order to establish a lasting peace, truth and justice must be met. And the attacks of 9/11 are the epitome of deception and injustice. Any thoughts on my assertions?