Monday, March 20, 2006

To fight or not to fight

I was planning on attending a peace vigil on the 3rd aniversary of the I-rack war and asked a friend if she would join. She declined saying that she has stopped believing that civilian movements make any difference toward stopping the war, however that does not mean they shouldnt happen. Discussed this with another friend.
We wondered. What then was the alternative available to us? If we dont go on to the streets and join another 15 people in shouting slogans against war, dont have the skill to articulate an arguement against the war to publish it somewhere, and dont have the inclination or the courage to take up arms, are we restricted to opposing the war over coffee table conversations only? that too, for the benefit of friends who already know that we oppose it?
We decided that we disagreed with the other friend. Although, growing amount of protests havent really made a difference and the amount of troops in I-rack have increased in the last few months, we decided we believed in cilvilian movements. If civilian movements have been successful recently in other instances- when the Bolivians drove off Bechtel from Cochababmba when the people of Venuzuela organized to bring Hugo Chavez back to power, why wouldnt they make an illegal war end?
Maybe this belief is too optimistic or romantic, but do we have nething else?

2 comments:

Vishnu said...

Sorry for the off-topic comment.

are we restricted to opposing the war over coffee table conversations only? that too, for the benefit of friends who already know that we oppose it?

I've experienced a lot of this recently, and am really worried over it. Very few of my friends have an ear for things such as Narmada, and not only they turn a 'Nelson's ear' to such talk, but I'm sure to get labelled as a 'commie'. It's disturbing that many people do not want even to listen to people who have a different opinion. In the end, I talk about these things with those people who know everything...

Purushottam said...

some more random observations and associated labels ...
oppose the war = unpatriotic
oppose Bush's visit = pro-Islamic
oppose nuclear deal = anti-"progress"
support NBA = anti-"development"
question mad privatization = lunatic socialist
question dance bar ban = immoral culture degrader
... and many more!
but irrespective of the ridiculous labels, the flame has to keep burning!