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This quote by Jeannette Rankin has attracted more people to my blog than any other, it seems. I “re-post” this Sept 1 posting today in honor of the real people still dying every day in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world where our government kills in our name.

Today the US government is declaring the END of the WAR in IRAQ. Does war ever have such a neat and defined ending? Eight mIllion of us around the world marched in protest in March, 2003 when the US bombing of Iraq began. I will never forget the 2600 students of Montgomery Blair HS who walked out into freezing rain in protest over the bombing and this insane and unjustifiable war. We knew that such a war would destroy decades of peacemaking efforts and that its effects would last for generations. Well over a million Iraqis killed, thousands of American troops killed and wounded. Infrastructure, education, government and health care systems destroyed, in addition to the art and culture of one of the oldest continuing civilizations in the world. And for what purpose? How can this war be “ended,” let alone “won.”

Jeannette Rankin, the only woman elected to serve in the US Congress during both World War I and II and to vote against both said, “You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.More quotations: War quotes

I do rejoice that many of our soldiers will be returned alive, that the Iraqi people may gain a small measure of independence. I still believe that peace is possible and that we must do everything in our power each day to make peace, to listen, to understand more deeply the conflicts that exist in our world. But “winning” cannot be equated with mass destruction.

”The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
by George Orwell
Polemic, May 1946, “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”

Photo at a protest against the Iraq War in 2006 by Danny Hammontree

What are your thoughts on war and peace today?

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One Comment

  1. Good post. Thank you.


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