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"Today I weep for my country. I have watched the
events of recent months with a heavy, heavy heart. No more is the image of
America one of strong, yet benevolent peacekeeper. The image of America has
changed. Around the globe, our friends mistrust us, our word is disputed, our
intentions are questioned." This is a speech made by Senator Byrd
several months ago, but it remains a very moving and dramatic criticism of US
Policy. Click Here to read "The Arrogance of
When you are most discouraged about the lack of progress in
our search for peace, Click Here to read this
speech by Dr. Robert Muller, former assistant secretary general of the United
"Silence is Betrayal" Speech by Martin Luther King, 1967
A magnificent speech by King given during the Vietnam War resistance is
still very relevant to today's crisis. Click Here
to read part of this speech. He begins with words that speak to our
present condition: "A time comes when silence is betrayal. Even when
pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of
opposing their government's policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the
human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of
conformist thought within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world."
Former President Carter makes a compelling argument that a
war with Iraq would be just a war and not a "just war" According to
Carter, profound changes have been taking place in American foreign policy,
reversing consistent bipartisan commitments that for more than two centuries
have earned our nation greatness. These commitments have been predicated on
basic religious principles, respect for international law, and alliances that
resulted in wise decisions and mutual restraint. Click
Here to read Carter's analysis of the definition of a just war and
how the Iraq war fails to meet the fundamental requirements for a just war
There was an advertisement in the March 18 issue of the Newton Tab
sponsored by Newton Dialog. Thanks very much to those of you who
contributed so generously.
Senator Byrd Speaks Out. A few months ago Senator
Byrd made a excellent and provocative speech on the floor of Senate about the
problems with the present course of US action - These words still ring with
truth. Click Here to read them.
If only we had more senators like him.
There was an excellent op-ed article by Jim Carroll in the Feb 11 issue
of the Boston Globe. He includes a quotation from John Kennedy which we should
all remember: "Now the trumpet summons us again -- not as a call to bear arms,
though arms we need, not as a call to battle, though embattled we are, but the
call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out . .
. a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and
war itself.'' Click Here - Highly
"Must U.S. patriots support war?"
Stephen Nathanson, one of the founders of Newton Dialogues on
Peace and War writes in a recent article: "Patriotism isn't loyalty to the
president or to any other political figure, party, or group within the
country. Patriotism, as the dictionary tells us, is love of and loyalty to our
country. A fancier elaboration of this is that patriots are people who have a
special affection for their own country, a special concern for its well-being,
a sense of personal identification with the country, and a willingness to make
sacrifices to promote its well-being." A Click
Here to read this article
Dr. Bernard Lown gave a provocative and eloquent talk on the issues and
challenges of the US stance on nuclear weapons at our open meeting on March 9.
Dr. Lown is a Newton resident and co-founder of both Physicians for Social
Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War (IPPNW - Nobel Peace Prize, 1985).
Click Here to see a recent letter
from Dr. Lown describing the medical concerns of Iraq and the likely effect of
the "collateral damage" (the US term for civilian carnage) of a war.
Resolution by Newton Aldermen -
One of our fellow vigil participants, Brooke Lipsitt, President of the
Newton Board of Aldermen, introduced and led the promotion of adoption by the
Newton Board of Aldermen which started with words that unfortunately have
proven too true: "Whereas, the Honorable Board of Aldermen of the City of
Newton believes that restraint and due deliberation are proper and fitting
prior to committing our troops to war with Iraq, an action with potentially
wide-ranging, dangerous, and largely unpredictable consequences;"
to read the resolution.
- - Congressman Barney Frank spoke in Newton at Brown School-
Congressman Barney Frank On November 6, spoke to an audience of
approximately 400 citizens. He gave a searching and provocative talk on the
topic "Why War? Why Iraq? Why Now?" Congressman Frank has an excellent web
site (www.house.gov/frank) which states his views on Iraq as f September 2002.
Click Here to see a statement of his views opposing a U.S. attack against