Wars of Different Kinds - One Woman's Opinion
by Anne Black
This letter is a personal yet profound response to contemplate the need for humanity to look again at the reasons why we face wars in this world. Anne wrote this in response for a request for her to sign a petition against the possible impending war against Iraq. She has kindly given permission for this to be posted here. This is one woman's personal opinion and should not be construed as an overwhelming endorsement from VOTF as a whole but at least from one member - myself - Regina Pontes.
My dear brother (name withheld) -- Thank you and (name withheld) for signing and forwarding this. I will sign it, but I have one reservation. The petition makes it sound like warfare is the greatest violence there is, but does not take note of the fact that, in the United States alone, we have killed 40 million, that's FORTY MILLION, children since abortion became legal. Four thousand of those abortions every year are done by partial birth abortion.
If we discovered that our armies
our country would go into shock. The world would condemn us for war crimes AND WE WOULD CONDEMN OUR ARMED FORCES OURSELVES faster than we could think. Yet we do these things out in the open to the most innocent, by the MILLIONS, and there is no outcry.
This abortion system conditions people to accept violence as part of life, to accept that the dignity and meaning of human life is conditioned upon who you are. What, other than an approval of war, can you expect from people who accept and defend the mass killing of innocent children? Millions and millions of people in this country do NOT want an end to violence. at least not on their own soil. I would venture to guess that many signers of this petition accept abortion on demand. I won't even bother to go into the violence abortion perpetrates on women.
We will never have an end to war, NEVER, until there is an end to the deathly violence that
If our acceptance of violence weren't so horrific, so sad, so condemning, our request to avoid war with Iraq, or anyone else, "because we can't build happy lives on ground polluted by violence" would be laughable as we continue to slaughter our own. We have no right to ask for it. We are fools if we think we can end war without ending our legal violence first, without a thorough moral conversion to accept the innate dignity of all human beings.
I call on all signers of this petition, and all of you in the e-mail list above, "to act with integrity, to show courage" and condemn abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment along with war. I call on all to recognize the innate, God-given dignity of every human being.
With very much love,
<<"email address omitted" writes:
Today 25 Congresswomen in the US House of Representatives walked out -and refused to participate in the vote to give Bush war powers --- they were led by Barbara Bell of California and they took up residence on the White House lawn..... They say women can change the world. Here is a chance! A nationwide effort to unite women against war has drafted the statement below and asks each of us, if we are so moved, to send it out to as many women and women's groups as we can for endorsement. Please cut and paste this message into a new message, sign it with your own name, and forward it with the petition on to as many people as you know. If you are the 50th, 100th, 150th, 200th, etc., person to sign the petition, please also e-mail a copy back to:<email address ommitted> This is our chance to stop this war. Women are a strong constituency in this country. We only have a few days. Please act immediately.
Women United Against War As women embracing life and peace, we declare ourselves opposed to any military action against Iraq. As women, we have been the victims of many kinds of violence. We call on you in Congress to oppose any military action. We make this demand for ourselves, our children, our parents, our brothers, husbands, partners and friends. We make this demand because we understand that warfare creates endless cycles of violence, destruction and death, impoverishing us spiritually and economically. We make this demand because warfare destroys family life, throwing whole communities into exile and turning children into orphans. We make this demand because we cannot build happy lives on a ground polluted by violence. We believe this is a defining moment in the life of our country. We will either take our place in the family of nations as seekers of peace and justice or we will start down a terrible road to war, unleashing the fury of generations to come on our land. We call upon you to act with integrity, to show courage and remember that you are guardians of the public trust and of the world we leave to our children. We oppose this war. We oppose all elected officials who support this war. There is no other issue greater than the cause of peace. No past stand or history can be called upon to overshadow the imperative to stand today for peace. We, as women acting to shape public life, dedicate our energy, resources, and hopes to those who establish peace. There will be no war in our names If you want our support and votes, stop this war! >>