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?