Is Our Peace Activists Learning?

By David Swanson, on Countercurrents.org, 27 May, 2007.

Excerpt: … A clear and growing majority of Americans wants to end the occupation. Yet many people are opposed to defunding it. So, not enough of us have learned that you cannot end this occupation without defunding it. And far too few of us fully understand that ultimately we’ll need impeachment before the occupation actually ends …
… Because we don’t grasp the need for impeachment, we focus on asking Congress to oppose the war but ignore Congress’ failure to investigate the lies that launched the war (and we call it a “war,” giving credence to the notion that it is something that can be won or lost). http://afterdowningstreet.org/node/22933 Because we haven’t faced up to a choice between continuing the occupation and defunding it, we allow Congress Members to make anti-occupation gestures and then fund the occupation, not in order to prolong the occupation and fund its profiteers, but “for the troops.”

As long as we allow the pretense to continue that wars are fought on behalf of the young men and women sent to fight them, we will never see a serious effort on the part of the Democratic leadership in Congress to end the occupation of Iraq. One thing many people have gradually come to realize is that we have not seen such an effort yet, only pretenses of it. Certainly, some who now disapprove of what the Congress just passed still think they were right to support what it was doing two months ago, and it’s less important to return to that debate than to get our act together from here on out. But we are more likely to make wise decisions in the future if we learn the right lessons from our mistakes. So, a quick review may be in order … (full text).

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