Wednesday, December 02, 2009

New Face, Same War-No More War

I've been holding off on any criticisms against Obama, taking a wait and see approach to see how he does. I was under the spell of Obama's promised Hope and Change rhetoric, and the day he was elected I felt a huge weight being lifted off this country and possibilities for this promised Hope and Change. I have seen both Alex Jones' 'The Obama Deception' and 'The Fall of the Republic'. Not offering comment, I still was holding out for Hope and Change.

But after last night's speech by Obama, not only expressing his decision for expanding Bush's war, but lying to the American people about issues regarding exploiting other country's resources and being 'misunderstood' by the international community, it is time to speak out and draw a line in the sand, if only as an expression of concern from a spiritual perspective regarding the continuation of war across the globe.

"For unlike the great powers of old, we have not sought world domination. Our union was founded in resistance to oppression. We do not seek to occupy other nations. We will not claim another nation's resources or target other peoples because their faith or ethnicity is different from ours."

"We do not seek to occupy other nations."-if not us, then who is using our military to occupy other nations??

"We will not claim another nation's resources or target other peoples because their faith or ethnicity is different from ours." He's right there, claiming resources regardless of faith or ethnicity. We are an equal opportunity agressor. If there were White Christians in the Middle East, the oil would still be good.

Did we trade in George W. for Obama simply because we didn't respect the opportunistic son of a former President? Did we not like him because he was a less than dynamic speaker? Did the Republican Party fail because it was connected the George W. whom we just didn't like? Was this the depth of the public's overwhelming dissatisfaction with George W?

Or was it the policies. Was it the 8 year war that we opposed? Was it the illegal wiretapping? Was it the signing statements? Was it the continual shredding of our Constitution, which has not stopped since Obama has taken office? We have swallowed the red pill of Hope and Change and we have fallen asleep because we are under the illusion that the same policies with a more attractive face and a more appealing demeanor makes it ok.

It is not ok. Illegal wars against countries that did not provoke us are still illegal. Just this week it was revealed that 8 months before England entered the war, former Prime Minister Tony Blair received an email from Lord Goldsmith that the Iraq war was illegal and that deposing Sadaam would breach international law.

Regardless, I have great concern that President Obama's decision is the final straw for this country's future. If there is only one thing that comes out of this great failure, my hope it would be this-that the world will finally be deeply convinced that war can never again be an option towards settling our differnces.

Read more here, Cindy Sheehan's concerns about the peace movement.