“War has finally captured peace”

“War has finally captured peace” October 9, 2009

From an email from performer, activist and candidate for mayor of NYC Rev. Billy Talen of the Church of Stop Shopping, on Obama winning the Nobel peace prize:

Now we have to change all our words around.

I never thought of Peace as a word that was moveable. All our words have been shifted by Consumerism and Militarism. Democracy is gone, America and Freedom are gone. Peace always stayed there in one place.

Peace patiently waited for us to notice the best things about ourselves. Peace always stayed with us. Peace was ignored by the governments and the powerful but it was still there – the monument that is made of the sky and the wind, our memories of a face and our loving touch. But now we have to change our words around. They have taken the word Peace and we’ll have to make up a new word, a secret signal.

Predator drones will be released tonight destroying the word we always depended on. The flying bomb will go out over the villages, sailing over the sleeping children and prayers and friends stopping for a laugh. The bombs will float and hesitate and change direction from computers in Florida and Missouri and the soldiers at the computers will know that Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. And so they will be consumers of a war that is now being marketed as a product named Peace.

So – it has come to this. War has finally captured Peace.

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  • I suggest a transition to “justice.”

  • Gerald A. Naus

    “War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

    “Some of those that were forces are the same that bore crosses.”

    I point to my own post re: Afghanistan http://www.patheos.com/blogs/voxnova/2009/10/07/obamas-war/#comment-65289 😛

    It’s one thing to strike against terrorists, 8+ years of occupation is quite another. It had always been thought that a perpetuum mobile was impossible. The US may have finally produced one, creating ever-new “enemy combatants”, its own “supply”, perpetual war for perpetual peace, as Gore Vidal called it. Obama is better (thus far) but he is not fundamentally different. He doesn’t question the paradigms, he merely acts on them more tactfully.

    Fair warning: Serious meandering ahead (I might need a new blog LOL)
    Btw, my brother-in-law is Colby Buzzell. He writes for Esquire and wrote this book about his time as a machine-gunner in Iraq http://www.amazon.com/My-War-Killing-Time-Iraq/dp/0399153276 While still in the military, he wrote a well-known blog (“F*ck the War”). His Esquire article on how he got out of “stop loss” recall to “duty” can be found here http://www.esquire.com/features/army-recall-0908

    I am uneasy around “our brave young men and women in uniform”, you never know what they did/whom they killed “for their country.”

    The other day, Marines were “holding up” cars at a main thoroughfare, in full uniform (dress and fatigues (killing makes you tired), asking for donations for St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. It struck me as truly bizarre (they also have a “toys for tots” program). They didn’t make it to my car. I should be kicked in the head every morning for having stood up for the Marines at San Diego baseball games (complete with Marine anthem), just as a reminder of the extent of my own stupidity. I don’t give the Jehovah’s Witnesses much credit, but this much for sure: they don’t stand for the “Pledge of Allegiance”, they don’t stand for the anthem and they went to concentration camps for refusing to fight in the Wehrmacht.

  • digbydolben

    Gerald, we don’t agree on everything, but we sure do agree on what you wrote here.

    However, I’m not sure that Obama actually is “better,” because he’s putting a more respectable, more winning face on things that are truly despicable and dangerous.