The parallels between the US endeavors in Iraq / Afghanistan and the Israeli operations in Gaza / West Bank / Lebanon extend to what seems to me to be their inevitable ineffectiveness. How is it that the obviously overpowering force of the United States or Israel does not limit the potential effectiveness of these forces when they are discharged against helpless civilians and modestly armed combatants? Such tactics are immoral and carry with them the greatest risk of ceding the moral high ground to what could easily become a vicious and treacherous threat. An enemy incubated in the fires of white phosphorous and nourished by the blood of innocents.
Olympia, WA - To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the bombing of Baghdad, Veterans for Peace Chapter 109 will host a rally in downtown Olympia to demonstrate the community's frustration with the ongoing war, occupation and U.S. casualties, which are nearing 4,000. "Each new death of a soldier or civilian was some mother's child." - Dennis W. Mills, PhD - U.S. Army 1966-69.
Members of the community will gather from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday March 22nd, from the 4th Avenue Bridge in Olympia down to Percival Landing, bearing signs and stories to share. Supported by Operation Democracy Olympia, Thurston County Progressive Network, and many other individuals, businesses and organizations, this family-friendly event will prove to be compelling.
The Longshore Caucus (like a Convention) adjourned today, Friday Feb. 8 but not before passing an antiwar resolution to shutdown all U.S. West Coast ports with a stop work meeting on May 1, 2008 for 8 hours to protest the Democrats' and Republicans' continuing to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The resolution from Local 10 encountered vigorous debate. In the end the overwhelming consensus to take dock action to stop the war prevailed. As the President of Local 34 Richard Cavalli stated this resolution follows ILWU Local 10 and 34's successful Labor Conference to Stop the War held in San Francisco Oct. 20, 2007, as reported in the ILWU's newspaper, The Dispatcher.A question has been raised about bringing up this decision to the local Olympia ILWU chapter.