Friday, November 5, 2010

A letter to Tom Hayden

The other night, I attended an event at a church here in San Diego in which Tom Hayden, a prominent peace activist, gave a lecture titled "Rethinking the Peace Movement in the 21st Century."  After his roughly 35 minute lecture, the audience was allowed to ask questions.  Unfortunately, I was not able to ask him my question or challenge him on some of the assertions he made during his speech.  I've decided to email Mr. Hayden in order to address some of these important issues, and I've decided to post that email here on my blog for the world to see.
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?

1 comment:

  1. Nicely put Mr Friend.

    It is not possible to separate the cause from the effect. The record of endless US administrations abroad is horrendous. Ask the people of the Philippines how they view US ‘help‘?

    911 was a watershed in so many ways. 3000 souls pulverised to dust and all so that the corporations that suck the life blood from real humans could go over on the offensive.

    Wars are the most vile pursuit that we humans can indulge in. It is always those that engage in it that recognise the dual hypnotic seduction and repulsion of it. To realise that you are the ‘bad guy’ is the final straw for many – witness the suicide rates of Vets

    For many, many of us it is only in the last 10 years that we have the ability to discern the vast size of the pit of evil that we wallow in. The self chosen live rarefied lives while sending young souls to the slaughter for profit and entertainment. Why – because they can. It is what they do and they enjoy it.

    The pentagon papers from the Vietnam era were a warning – obscene war for profit. NO MORE. If we truly want to end these wars then we smash the power of the banks. We strip the sceptre of power from the right hand of the dragon of zion.

    The ability to make money appear from thin air must be banned and made a capital offense. The carpenter from Nazareth had the right idea when he threw them out of the temple. Their poison goes back a lot further than that.

    We shall not ask for a judicial review or an inquest into the events. We will remember the dead when we drag the guilty from their plush beds and invite them to a swinging party. Pass the rope.

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