Tonight at work we ran a story about some "peace protestors" at the local University. They're headed the big peace rally in DC this weekend. A couple things one of the guys said really bothered me, so like a good blogger I'm going to tell all of you why it upset me! Before you ask, no there isn't a permalink to the story. Our website isn't nearly cool enough to have archives. Stories stay on the site for a day, maybe two. On with the rant.
What he said people his age (college) want...
Most of them want to live happily...they don't want violence...they want to see things resolved in a peaceful manner.
That's all well and good, but what about the people in Iraq? Don't they have a right to live happily? Or the people in North Korea? Sure it'd be great to resolve things peacefully, but that just doesn't seem very realistic right now. Saddam isn't going to just step down because we ask nicely.
The reason he started a "Students for Peace" group shortly after September 11...
The country was becoming too violent---retaliatory--and I wanted a counterbalance to that.
How about justice? Are we allowed to want that? Of course this is going to be violent, look at what they did to us! If we're going to fight this kind of war some good people will get hurt, some innocent people will get hurt. I'm sure those 3,000 people in New York would have liked peace too, but they weren't given that choice. The instant that decision was made, the people behind the decision lost all right to a peaceful resolution.
Part of the reporter's tag...
They're expected to return from D.C. on Sunday...just in time to celebrate the holiday of another peace activist, Martin Luther King, Jr.
I'm not quite as sure why this line bugged me so much. I think it's connected to the way I think of MLK. To me he is a civil rights activist, not a peace activist. To me those are two very different things. He was non-violent to be sure, but he was also a champion of people who didn't have a voice. People who were abused and oppressed.
There are millions of people being abused and oppressed across the world right now. Someone has to stand up and say ENOUGH. Pehaps it isn't our place to get involved in other countries business, but what kind of people are we if we let it continue? If you see a man beating his wife, or a parent hurting their child you get involved, right? Why do some people feel that we can't do the same when we see countries abusing their citizens?