obama gandhi and mlk and taking a stand

hey all

when i saw the BBC (my webbrowser always opens up to the BBC) and saw that Obama got the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday i was a bit hmmmmm

I love Obama – i truly do. He is a GOOD man and we need more of ’em

but im a pacifist – war ain’t cool in my book and we just marked the 8th, 8th, 8th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan (which most historians have said qualifies as a “just war” due to the terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda. Afghanistan harbored and gave protection to Al Qaeda it seems so there is a direct connection between 9/11/2001 and our never ending war in Afghanistan.)

the war is a quagmire – The USSR couldnt beat Afghanistan (maybe cuz the US trained their fighters and gave them weapons which they are now using against us) and many said Afghanistan was the USSR’s Vietnam. So in we go marching and still we are there

The Iraq war most historians and analysis attest is not a “just war” because we entered it based on falsehoods that were promoted and distributed by our own government. this has been proven folks – im not making this stuff up
1. there were and are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
2. Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11/2001

Prior to the US invasion of Iraq – Iraq was a dictatorship and Saddam did lots of bad things to his people. Unfortunately there are many dictatorships and bad stuff happening all over the globe so why did the US target Iraq and why did Colin Powell who I have a lot of respect for swallow a lie and go tell the UN the big fat lie that got us into this SIX year war
1. cheney, rumfeld and wolfowitz were / are hawks that thinking violating the geneva conventions is fine and dandy and we needed a new world order in the middle east – u know getting folks to adopt democracy and freedom by FORCE (geez does that make any sense?)
We wanted more countries like Saudi Arabia where the women can’t vote and never mind most of the 9/11 terrorists came from Saudi Arabia

2. bush jr when asked if he had consulted with his father (who had a bit of experience by being a former president and with a war with iraq (see the whole kuwait thing – persian gulf war) – had he consulted with his dad before pursuing the war in Iraq (U know the slam dunk – mission accomplished war we are still in)

bush jr replied something to the effect that he had talked to his higher father – meaning “the BIG GUY”

im like really – Jesus and / or G-d told you to launch an unjust war. The same folks who espouse all that “turn the other cheek” “love they enemy as you love thyself?”

i must be on a totally different frequency with God – the message i keep getting is in the spirit of Gandhi and MLK and it seems Obama – L O V E

firm with love

truth force – satyagraha

so when i checked out why did obama get the nobel peace award i looked at the FACTS and realized YES YES YES obama should get this award

he was awarded it because of:
“extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

whatsmore obama’s response to the news of his getting the award tells me he is a GOOD person

and i am desperately seeking good people

congrats obama – and thanks for seeing it as a call for action – we gonna hold u and us to ur word
happy birthday Gandhi
MLK jr u are forever my hero (regardless of all the lies the FBI tried to spread about u)

so in closing im gonna copy and paste the email obama sent me yesterday – yes folks i am a liberal – cuz i think it rocks and because it is one of the wee lights shining to guide my step

May these two wars end very very soon – too many too many too many peaceseeking good souls have been lost and that is just really really really wrong and bad

to everyone who has served in the arms forces – i thank u and i honor u. I wish we had never called you to arms and put u and the innocent citizens of those countries in harms way.

Those who have perished – you are missed beyond words. I hold myself and my country accountable for this loss of lives and this great absence at every families table and in the prospect of our future for building a better world. I am so terribly sorry that i didn’t scream out more about these wars. I have tried but i have not been loud or visible enough because in doing so some have said that i have betrayed u and ur spirit. but i have heard u and i hear u now – u said make it so this is not in vain – make the US learn that she shall not “make a desert and call it peace.”

I do hope we will listen to the great creator who says: Look for the Good, Challenge the Bad and always remember to be Glad

Much love


Obama’s speech in response to getting the award (o.c) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbOWxc7Wwrg


to Patti Durr
date Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 5:26 PM
subject A call to action

Patti —

This morning, Michelle and I awoke to some surprising and humbling news. At 6 a.m., we received word that I’d been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009.

To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who’ve been honored by this prize — men and women who’ve inspired me and inspired the entire world through their courageous pursuit of peace.

But I also know that throughout history the Nobel Peace Prize has not just been used to honor specific achievement; it’s also been used as a means to give momentum to a set of causes.

That is why I’ve said that I will accept this award as a call to action, a call for all nations and all peoples to confront the common challenges of the 21st century. These challenges won’t all be met during my presidency, or even my lifetime. But I know these challenges can be met so long as it’s recognized that they will not be met by one person or one nation alone.

This award — and the call to action that comes with it — does not belong simply to me or my administration; it belongs to all people around the world who have fought for justice and for peace. And most of all, it belongs to you, the men and women of America, who have dared to hope and have worked so hard to make our world a little better.

So today we humbly recommit to the important work that we’ve begun together. I’m grateful that you’ve stood with me thus far, and I’m honored to continue our vital work in the years to come.

Thank you,

President Barack Obama


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda Slovick
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 10:05:47

    WOW, Patti!

    Maybe we CAN pull things back together.

    I DO believe President Obama is doing all he can to end the wars. He is a smart man, and is WELL aware that President Johnson lost his Great Society due to the cost in blood and treasure of the Vietnam War.

    But it takes many miles to turn a big ship around… His first term STARTED with the U.S. having led the world beyond the brink of financial collapse, and into an uncertain cold reboot that had only ever been tried in theory.

    In my opinion President Obama DESERVES the Nobel already just for the future war and poverty he has already steered us away from with his leadership.

    We are part of the engine that is helping him turn things around, tho. If each can help turn things just a little bit in the same direction as President Obama is trying to, he will solve the problems he inherited, and have only been his for 9 months now.

    I think it’s up to us to heed his call to action to pitch in and help fix things domestically wherever we can, so the President can FOCUS on ending the war.

    But HOW?

  2. pdurr
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 19:04:54

    thanks for ur comment and reflections linda

    lots of good leaders have told folks – u have gotten me elected now u gotta push me to do the right thing, to keep those promises, to steady the path etc

    so for me personally i gotta figure out how i can do more peace / anti-war stuff without conveying any disrespect to the folks who have served, are serving or are no longer and their families

    michael moore did a turn around today

    seems we r all impatient for these wars to be over but a 10 mo. period to expect that is not fair – and as michael pointed out – Obama’s achievement of winning the office peacefully and not becoming horrible, dirty and corrupt to do it is a sign of peace and in the spirit of the peace prize



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