Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Peace signs

These are the slogans from signs that my friend's mother saw when she was in DC for the peace march.

“Don’t fight” (on the t-shirt of a 3-year-old)
“Children Need World Peace” (sign carried by a young child with a crayon-colored globe)
“Fund People’s Needs, not the War Machine” (sign carried by a 9-year-old)
“College not Combat”
“Teachers for Peace”
“Money for Jobs and Education not for War”
“Let’s Spend Money Teaching Kids over here, not Killing Kids over there”
“Blind Loyalty to Bad Leadership is not Patriotic”
“I Think Therefore I Protest”
“We Must Be the Change We Wish to See”
“Proud to be an American Against the War”
“War? Not in my Name”
“Peace Also Takes Courage”
“I Want my Country Back”
“War of Error, not Terror”
“God’s Way is Love Not War”
“War is not Christ’s Way”
“What you do to the least of these my people you do also to me—Jesus Christ…God is
“You Can’t Be Pro-life & Pro-war”
“War is not Pro-life”
“Jesus: Love your enemies. Bush: Kill your enemies”
“Justice without Revenge”
“Hate Cannot Drive Out Hate, Only Love Can do That.” Martin Luther King quote carried by a 10-year old
“Only when the power of love is greater than the love of power will we all be free”
“Love is Stronger than Hate”
“God Forgive America”
“Money for the poor, not for war”
“We make a Living by what we get, we make a Life by what we give”
“Global Justice Not War”
“Stop the War on the Poor”
“Stop the Hurricane of Poverty and War”
“Feed the Poor not the War”
“Relief Not War”
“Make levees not war”
“From Iraq to New Orleans Fund People’s Needs Not the War Machine”
“Katrina & Rita: Category 5 disasters; Bush: Category 6 disaster”
“Stop Hurricane George”
“Build New Orleans Up, Shut the War Down”
“Hurricane George Destructive & Unpredictable”
“Justice for New Orleans, Shut Down the War Machine”
“Honor the Dead, Heal the Wounded, End the War”
“Mr. Bush you did not make the world safer”
“Not my Son”
“As a Mother Cries Here A Mother Cries There”
“Human Need not Corporate Greed”
“People Before Profits”
“No More Death for Money”
“This is Your God” (written on a money bill taped on the forehead of a passionate African American man)
“How Many Corporations does it take to Destroy the Planet? Let’s not find out”
“And the Winner is Halliburton”
“A Nation of Sheep will beget a Government of Wolves” (Edward R. Murrow)
“The War in Iraq Remains a Defeat for Humanity” (Pax Christi)
“Kill one person it’s murder, kill thousands it’s foreign policy”
“Murduring our way toward a Democracy in Iraq”
“War is Evil”
“Republicans for Impeachment”
“Let’s Develop Smart Diplomats, not Smart Bombs”
“The master class has always declared wars; the subject class has always fought the battles”
“Know Peace, No War”
“What we owe the dead is an end to the killing”
“Iraq for Iraqis, Troops Out Now”
“Let’s Give Bush a Permanent Vacation”
“National Guard is in the Wrong Gulf”
“Cream rises to the top, so does scum”
“Wake Up America from the Neo-con induced Nightmare”
“The Ruthless Face of Neo-Con Reality” (with faces of Wolfowitz, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld)
“War is Terrorism”
“It’s not war, it’s bloody murder”
“Draft the Bush Twins”
“Bush & Cheney: Fossil Fools”
“Al Qaeda Recruiter of the Year” (photo of Bush)
“Bush has Iraqtile Dysfunction”
“Yellow Ribbons Won’t Bring the Troops Home, Ending the War Will”
“Bush Cheney Violent Extremists”
“Save Lives Impeach Bush”
“People Against Bush’s Terrorism”
“Incompetence Kills”
“End King George’s reign of terror”
“There is no Noble Cause in this Immoral war”
“Stop Aggression Abroad”
“What’s the Plan George? Cuz this isn’t working”
“Nobody Died When Clinton Lied”
“If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention”


At 9:54 AM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

“The Ruthless Face of Neo-Con Reality”

Can I rename my blog that?

At 10:00 AM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

I would.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger BrianESpilner said...

"And the winner is Halliburton", I love it

At 8:46 PM, Anonymous dean said...

Hitler said this about FDR, “so-called” president was “guilty of a series of the worst crimes against international law” and that "first, he incites war, then falsifies the causes, then odiously wraps himself in a cloak of Christian hypocrisy, and slowly but surely leads mankind to war, not without calling God to witness the honesty of his attack."

The question arises, who are making those stirring statements today?


At 9:41 PM, Blogger RedHurt said...

"Jesus: Love your enemies. Bush: Kill your enemies"

I think this shows what is in my perspective the fundamental misunderstanding of those who are universally against war, and against the Iraq war simply because it's another war and not for any reasons specific to Iraq. Nation states cannot operate both securely and with love as individuals can. Jesus advocates that we as people drop our security in favor of love, seeing it as a better thing to suffer from someone's hatred while loving them than to prevent their violence and keep love away. It is entirely against the purpose of a nation for countries to accept threatening situations for their citizens.

In conclusion, these people would be 1 million times more pissed off if more planes were flown into buildings. Bush's war is supposed to help prevent things like that. If you disagree, criticize him for the war he's waging and the way his war is waged - not that he wages it at all.

I think this is part of why many on the right have difficulty taking the anti-war movement seriously. If you want to talk about why Iraq is a bad war, I'm interested in hearing what you have to say. If you want to criticize war in general, and you're using Iraq as a sounding board, I'm not.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

That's fine, redhurt, but...

I think maybe this is too big to address here. What you're saying is that individuals can be pacifists and nations can't; therefore, no individual should expect that a nation can act the same way that they can. What we should expect from our politicians and what we should accept from our politicians is still radically different. You have trouble naming examples of unjustified wars; I don't. Why is that? I supported the invasion of Afghanistan--name me an example of a US war where we can say, definitively and without oversimplifying, that the US was unjustified to get involved.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Barnabas18 said...


I think you're missing Redhurt's point, as I understand it. His point is that if the anti-Iraq protests are really just anti-war (in general) protests, then those people can't justifiably just hate Bush. Why aren't they protesting Congress' vote to authorize the war? How about the constitution, which enables us to wage war? I am not a pacifist, but I think there is philosophical room to be against war except in very limited circumstances, say self-defense. So, somebody could conceivably argue against the Bush Doctrine of pre-emptive war, and we can argue the merit of it, but that is different than protesting the Iraq war as it is presently constituted.

At 2:51 PM, Blogger BrianESpilner said...

Redhurt, I'll agree that some of the signs were way out there. I was just wondering if you were implying our invasion of Iraq is preventing Saudi planes from flying into our buildings? Because then I would chuckle.

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Dean: the devil can quote scripture. The question is not who says something but whether it is true. Hitler was lying about FDR. Those criticizing Bush may or may not be telling the truth, but just pointing to something Hitler said proves nothing.


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