PEACE RALLY

BOB AND CAMILLE SUPPORT GLOBAL RESISTANCE TO A WAR ON IRAQ

October 26, 2002

 

PEACE RALLY

On Saturday, October 26, Bob and Camille joined the Maui Peace Action to show support for global protests against a war on Iraq.  The flip side of these two signs say "Imagine Peace" and "War is Mass Murder."

 

Shaun Stenshol's sign says it all.  Marie Le Boeuf amid other peace advocates in front of the old Kahului Mall.

 

Darrel Hall and daughter Hannah at an earlier rally October 21.  Bob and Camille using their legs to help steady their signs in the wind after 2 hours of protesting.

A SHORT ANTI-WAR RANT by Camille

We joined the rally for the same reasons we protested the Vietnam and Gulf wars and will protest any war - because war is wrong.  Especially war with bombs.  Especially unprovoked war.  Those who believe this is a war on terrorism or that we Americans are not the real terrorists have been watching too much TV.  If you have lived overseas, you've had the opportunity to see Americans as the world sees us.

Gore Vidal, now 77 years old and living in Italy, put it nicely when he wrote:
"Americans have no idea of the extent of their government's mischief ... the number of military strikes we have made unprovoked, against other countries, since 1947 is more than 250."

Ironically, I was infused with an unexpected sense of patriotism while protesting the war on Iraq Saturday.  I realized that while I am disgusted with the direction America is going in, I still love my homeland.  True patriotism is about loving your country and wanting the best for it. Gluttony, greed and terrorism is what America has come to represent to the rest of the world.  50 years ago, we represented freedom and the glories of capitalism.  Our dream has turned into a nightmare.

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