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dissent and resistance: my effort and the call for everyone

Thursday, 11 January 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I am afraid that we have all become informed of what now is being termed and subsequently referred to as “the escalation of war.”  “Troops” [as the media is calling it] are being sent to Baghdad; 21,000 more “American troops” to fight for an Iraqi democracy.  There are a couple of things that are just simply severely wrong with this announcement and the U.S. foreign policies that are guiding this strategic presidential war.  One thing that comes to mind is the way in which the escalation and re-deployment is referred.  The reference that is being used is “troops.”  A neighbor-friend of mine mentioned how dehumanizing that term is!  Though I am a dissenting American, which is by the way patriotic, I am refusing to refer to additional soldiers being sent to the war in the Middle East as “troops.”  The soldiers who are being sent are partners, lesbians, women, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, widows, widowers, and so many more.  Human beings are being sent–loved ones are being sent.  Where is the dissent?  The voices of dissent or the political activists?  There are few of them–mainly stored away at city coffee shops reading their Heidegger and Sartre.

While many of the “American” political activists are grouping together and enjoying their cups of coffee together, some are actually holding vigil here in the city of Chicago.  Just up the street, there is an anti-war protest, but this is not enough.  There should be more; there should be many more dissenting and holding these united states accountable, in particular the President and his cabinet.  We are NOT united; we are severely divided under the guise of the ideology of democracy.

The call to every one of us is to evaluate our system of government and to be as involved as we’re able.  There has to be room for dissent.  After all, we do live in a democracy.

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