[HCCN] Fwd: Action to Expose the Lies for Escalation in Afghanistan
judy at robbinsandrobbins.com
Sun Dec 13 20:37:37 EST 2009
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Dud Hendrick <dudhe at myfairpoint.net>
> Watchfires of Freedom
> Political Action to Expose the Lies for Escalation in Afghanistan
> On Thursday, December 17th at 5 pm in front of the Federal Building
> in Bangor non-partisan activists from across the state will
> replicate “Watchfires of Freedom” in protest of President Obama’s
> policies and speeches. In this, the first of several planned
> ceremonies, the group will protest the escalation of the war in
> Afghanistan, re-enacting the model of women suffragettes, who
> burned the hypocritical words of President Woodrow Wilson in front
> of the White House in 1919. Wilson had lectured in Europe,
> extolling the virtues of democracy, while at home women were denied
> the right to vote.
> President Obama’s speech was full of fabrication and falsehood
> designed to win public approval for the continuation and
> enlargement of this misguided war. Obama has now committed more
> soldiers and more money to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan than
> the Bush Administration. We will read sections of the speech,
> expose the lies, and then burn the words in a small urn. Our use of
> fire is metaphoric. Fire purifies and transfigures. We will be
> demonstrating our disrespect for official lies and explaining how
> they actively betray our Constitution, our democracy, our soldiers
> and the cause of peace.
> Robert Shetterly, one of the organizers of this event, has written:
> We are here today not to advance the agenda of any political party.
> Our agenda is democracy and truth. It’s an old truism to say that
> the first casualty of war is truth. It might equally be said that
> the first casualty of untruth is democracy. Democracy is a sacred
> trust. That trust must burn with the pure, transparent clarity of a
> flame. If a democracy is really to be of, by and for the people,
> the people can only take on its responsibility if they know
> everything their elected officials know. How else, then, can they
> make decisions to devote their precious lives and resources to
> solving their common problems? Elected officials who employ fear,
> patriotism, propaganda, secrecy, and false history to mislead their
> own people have betrayed democracy.
> Unfortunately, President Barack Obama in his speech of December 1,
> 2009 calling for the escalation of the War in Afghanistan, used
> multiple duplicities about the present and the past to make his
> case for expending more blood and money.
> While the style of our president is articulate and persuasive, his
> content is hypocritical and purposely misleading. Our intent is to
> burn the lies and shed light on the truth. George Orwell said,
> “When deceit becomes universal, telling the truth becomes a
> revolutionary act.” If truth is war’s first casualty, then telling
> the truth must be the harbinger of peace and justice.
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