To the editor:
As a person who stood on the Coupeville corner witnessing for peace and against the War ON Iraq, I congratulate South Whidbey Record editor Jim Larsen for the insightful editorial (“Peace efforts make us think”). Thanks for the recognition. If the presence of people witnessing for peace caused some people to rethink, or begin to analyze the causes and costs (human and material) of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, it was worth our effort.
The need for a physical presence to oppose the war was at its core a failure of the national media to ask tough questions. Instead the media, unlike Jim Larsen, acted as cheerleaders for the government.
We are out of Iraq and slated to leave Afghanistan, but our nation still allocates over half of our discretionary spending budget to the Pentagon. Unfortunately, as long as over half our annual revenues go for military purposes we are susceptible to more aggressive wars of domination like Iraq.
Whether you honked horns in favor of our witness or gave a thumbs down, please consider attending the film and discussion series “War and Peace” presented by the Whidbey Friends Meeting (Quakers). This series provides a chance to discuss how our tax dollars are being spent and weigh the costs of war against the prospects for peace. These fundamental issues should be discussed by people across the political spectrum.
St. Augustine’s Episcopal