Posts Tagged ‘Four Horsemen’

Iraq

May 30, 2008

On Monday we had a very successful event with Iraqi Journalist Raed Jarrar.   Over 200 people showed up to hear Mr. Jarrar give a talk entitled:  “The U. S. Role in Iraq: Liberator, Occupier, or Peacekeeper?”

The talk was hosted by the The Church of the Holy Cross and co-sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Puna, The Center for Non-Violent Education and Action, Amida Hawaii.  The American Friends Service Committee provided the funding to make it possible for Mr. Jarrar come and speak in Hawaii.    I did the foot work – arranging a venue, coordinating publicity, building a “coalition” of sponsors, and generally beating the bushes.

Mr Jarrar made it very clear that the US media in general is not giving full or complete coverage to the political realities on the ground.  According to Mr. Jarrar the first thing that must happen to stabilize the situation in Iraq is a complete withdrawal of ALL U.S. troops from Iraq.

He was also explicit in bringing our attention to the horrible toll on human life this war is having in Iraq:  1 million Iraqis killed and 5 million Iraqis displaced.

What has all of this killing been for?  What have we or the Iraqis gained from this expensive and devastating war in the middle east?   Oil is over $4 dollars here in Hawaii.  We have less freedoms in the U.S. and are being subjected to a high level of surveillance by our own government.  Relations with U.S. allies and friends have been strained by several years of running roughshod over the international community.  There is also the ever increasing national deficit, which is really a tax on future generations and administrations.

We and the world are in no way made better by this war!  Which is, of course, the very nature of war –  War kills, destroys families, ruins trust, and plants the seeds of hatred and future violence.  War is a one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and as such does not “ride” alone.  War is always accompanied by Death, Pestilence, and Famine.

What does it say about us that we are so willing to unleash the Four Horsemen on the world?

Peace, Paul