Peace activists are far from Anti-American |

Peace activists are far from Anti-American

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to Mr. Moolick’s letter and to anyone who thinks peace activists are anti-American. If Mr. Moolick had bothered to come over to the Gazebo in the park on the day of the peace march, he would have found, much to his surprise, that the speakers from the Roaring Fork Peace Coalition and Mountain Folks for Global Justice were talking about democracy, liberty, and a desire to restore America’s integrity. It is because we love America that we are protesting a war on Iraq. This war is wrong. It is about big business and oil and more profits for corporations and well connected politicians. It will not make our citizens safer. In fact, experts agree that military action in Iraq will put Americans at greater risk of terrorist attacks.

We have not forgotten the thousands of innocent civilians killed in the World Trade Center. Rather it is to protect thousands more from a similar fate that we protest our government’s foreign policy regarding the Middle East and elsewhere. U.S. foreign policy is about controlling resources, and the government will use any means necessary to secure resources in other countries for U.S. corporate interests. The CIA has repeatedly overthrown democratic leaders in Third World countries and replaced them with brutal dictators, and U.S. military action has been responsible for more than six million deaths throughout the world since WWII (that’s the equivalent of 2000 World Trade Centers full of men, women, and children) which is why we have become so hated that our citizens are now the targets of terrorism.

The irony of Mr. Moolick’s letter is that he believes peace activists are uneducated. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Roaring Fork Peace Coalition is all about education. The members are very well read on U.S. foreign policy and the history of military interventionism. We regularly hold free public video presentations featuring prominent intellectuals discussing these issues.

I challenge anyone who doesn’t believe that our government uses military action to achieve corporate goals, to come and view the video “What I’ve learned about U.S. Foreign Policy,” which we will be showing on two dates in four locations: On Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 6:45 p.m. at the Pitkin County Library in Aspen, and at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church on 6th and Home in Silt. On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church, 200 E. Homestead in Basalt, and at 7 p.m. at Glenwood Springs High School, room 403.

There is no question that peace activists are patriots, too. We love our country and its people, and are working to preserve liberty, democracy, and our national dignity. It takes a lot of bravery to publicly decry our government’s actions and to stand up for peace in a war culture. The real question is: do Mr. Moolick and other critics have the courage to come to our videos and learn the terrible truth about our government’s motives and agenda in the Middle East? If they knew what we know, would they be so quick to put down our efforts?

Sue Gray


Roaring Fork Peace Coalition

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