Points of Disagreement
There are two major areas provoking current
argument within the peace movement.
These are the award of the Nobel Peace prize to an environmentalist, and
whether our troops should be withdrawn at once from
There are many
people who have devoted their lives to promoting the cause of peace. We all know several whom we could nominate
for the peace prize. Out of the possible
thousands of contenders, only one is chosen, and sometimes that one is a
controversial figure. Remember Henry
Kissinger? When that wily, pragmatic eminance gris,
National Security Adviser to Nixon and the power behind
Al Gore, former
I can understand people feeling this is not what the Nobel Peace Prize is meant for but personally I feel it does emphasize that peace is about more than just the absence of fighting. Also I feel it's good that the world should praise an American who is behaving in a cooperative way in contrast to American leaders who are behaving in a very antisocial way. But probably that doesn't answer the objections.
Several KPC members attended the big and important demonstration in
Speeches before the march down
Seems a reasonable summary but I felt very unhappy that there wasn't a much stronger call at the demo for this government to provide full financial support for reconstruction and rehabilitation on Iraq's terms. Yes, we want the troops out, but to imply that this is all smacked of rats abandoning a sinking ship. The government must not be allowed to forget its tremendous obligations - it can't just 'move on'.
The kind of reparations described by Hilary seem to be the least we can now do. We can’t restore the lives, or heal the shattered families, but we can pay for the damage we have caused in a war that has been widely seen as, and indeed declared by the UN Secretary General to be, illegal. Such reparations would also be seen as an apology, and an admission, and a deterrent for us if we ever contemplate doing the same thing again.
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