(1000+ posts) Wed Jun-02-10 04:13 PM
Original message Hello, I'm a Progressive Peace Activist
I believe in peace because I believe in people.
I believe there is too much murder and mayhem in this world.
I believe the global wars we are involved in are not a sinister conspiracy but the result of imaginations starved of ideas. When terror leaders are recruiting kids to blow themselves and other innocents up for a few thousand dollars in the most poverty stricken parts of the world it doesn't make sense to drop tens of billions of dollars in bombs on those kids.
I believe much of the violence in society is the result of a lack of education and opportunity.
I believe anger and animosity only set us back and hold us from developing who we are as people. We are after all merely neighbors of one stripe or another.
I believe the killing has to stop, either because we grow out of it or we will simply run out of people to kill.
Pleased to meet you.
I came to this site because I was hoping to find people of similar mindsets.
Sadly, that does not appear to be the case.
I thought this site would promote peace and seek things other than war, violence, hatred and all the poisons of the soul that destroy our bodies.
Yet, I see in thread after thread DU'ers wishing for the violent deaths of people. Granted these are bankers or the execs of BP or the PM of Israel but the level of vitriol is stunning.
Many will say, "Yes, but look what they're doing!"
Yes, but when does the hatred stop?
So you feel threatened. So you believe the threat to be existential. Guess what?
So does the other side. Whatever we may think about them, conservatives feel genuinely threatened by socialism and militant jihadism.
Guess what? I'm a socialist. I think people should look at "socialist" nations like the former USSR and Mao's China and they SHOULD be scared shitless; 100 million murders is no joke. But I also know the men and women of the US military are nothing like those of the USSR's KGB or Mao's Cultural Revolution and the conservatives will be the first ones to tell you our troops would never support oppressive regimes. That is why I believe socialism in America can actually work...because we have a nation full of great, hard-working people.
But just because someone looks at the track record of socialism and naturally go pale at the thought of it coming here doesn't mean I reflexively hate that person. I certainly don't wish them harm or hope they die of a bowel obstruction.
Guess what else? I said I don't support the "war on terror" but I cannot deny the fact that extremists are cutting off heads and blowing up innocent civilians. And I cannot deny that normal people are horrified by that and want to react as best they know how. I just happen to believe that better social support systems, opportunities and dialogue will starve those violent few of their recruits.
Supposedly the tea party is bad because they hate. Supposedly Rush Limbaugh speaks in code to incite his audience.
But some here want to publically lynch the BP execs. Others wish Netanyahu would shoot himself in the head. A terrorist organization that even our president admits murders its own citizens is viewed with sympathy.
Are we saying some forms of hate are better than others? Some forms of hate are more justified?
If so then maybe wars are justified and I have to rethink my place as a peace activist.
But I don't think so.
Let the unrecs commence.