In recent days I have considered my position, and the position of others, at MEPF within the context of historical world events leading up to the current tragic affairs in Syria.
Such is the moral responsibility of those who have ingested the red pill, and have been burdened by the revelations of the rabbit hole. For instance, the tragic and complicit participation of the U.S. in the genocide of the East Timorese at the hand of Indonesian dictator Suharto. Just one instance of our failed foreign policy to live up to the false rhetoric of concern for human rights. An instance where 200,000 East Timorese citizens lost there lives; most of them killed with American made weapons--with hardly a dissenting word from the American media. Just a another bit of collateral damage caused by U.S. geopolitical interests, and hardly mentioned by Henry Kissinger.
I think the Noam Chomsky and Richard Perle debate in 1988 defined the opposing views on U.S. foreign policy to a large extent, you just have to substitute terrorism for Soviet containment. In so many instances we blamed communist expansionist aims to justify horrible repressions of indigenous populations around the worl-- they simply did not matter to us. Vietnam being the clearest example of this in my mind.
More recent events are bringing home the reality that we have clearly become the evil we claim to oppose.
In understanding interpretations of fundamental truths, I think it's good to know where we've been, and where we're going. The American founding fathers incorporated this principle into the cornerstone of our government "we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Although these ideals were hardly realized at that time, this moral principle has been advanced by those who fought, and are continuing to fight, any exceptionalism to this noble principle of equality, although the cynical scoff at such idealism and call its proponents naive. Particularly those who were, and are, so willing to dismantle our constitutional protections under the patriot act - insist we need to get into the mud with those we oppose adopting any tactics that further their cause except a rational look at the underlying causes of those conflict, probably because in so many instances we are the cause, or those we support, and the real reasons are something they want to distract us from. But then to align their own political, and financial interests with that of the growing police state in the most cynical, hypocritical way imaginable...while denying obvious political realities such as those in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is unforgivable.
The struggle that is now shaping the 21st century is one of individual human rights on a world scale that challenges the powerful world order of self interested powers. Syria is being ripped apart by these forces with little regard for its populations suffering. The Obama administrations answer to this suffering and chemical weapons is the hypocrisy of more bombs. How ridiculous. There is a time for those idealists who still believe in the ideals of our founding, and its principles, to take the only logical step forward by putting pressure on our government to use all its influence by peaceful means to put pressure on all parties to cease hostilities. It is the responsibility of CPA, MEPF, to give its voice toward this outcome.
Article about Chomsky & Perle debate @ Cleveland State in 1988 http://www.chomsky.info/debates/1988----.htm
Barry is my partner, we belong to several peace groups in Cleveland, Ohio.