Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) introduced legislation (H.R.950) calling on the president to begin multilateral talks to abolish nuclear weapons. See http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0726-26.htm for details. In the midst of all the war and suffering in Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, and so many other places, and remembering that 06 August in the 61st anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan (a civilian city and not a military target) when the U.S. became the first and only nation to use nuclear weapons in war, I find Congressman Kucinich’s legislation to be an incredible act of HOPE. Hope that the dead need not have died in vain and hope that humanity can turn from the path of our own destruction, with God’s grace. Kucinich keeps plugging away as one of the few voices of peace (in EITHER major political party) in war-numb, violence-deaf, cynical Washington, D.C. Kucinich voted against the Iraq war and keeps calling for a quick timetable for withdrawal (HR 35), rejecting permanent U.S. bases in Iraq (H.R. 197), co-sponsors the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund Bill (HR 2631), sponsors the creation of the cabinet-level Dept. of Peace (HR 3760). Regarding the spiral of violence and the apparent lack of concern of the Bush administration, Kucinich asked, “What are they waiting for, the Apocalypse?” See http://www.commondreams.org/news2006/0721-11.htm (Unfortunately, I fear that some really are wanting this Middle East war to jump-start Armageddon.)
Let’s share Dennis Kucinich’s politics of hope and reject the pervasive politics of fear. Call your own Representative on the House switchboard, 202-225-3121 and urge your Congressperson to support HR 950 and work to end ALL nuclear weapons. While you have her or him on the line, urge passing one of these other wonderful actions for peace, too. Now, with phone in hand, call the White House comment line ( 202-456-1111) and ask WHY Sec. of State Rice rejected an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Lebanon (at the cost of how many more lives?). Ask the White House, “What are you waiting for? How many more must die before the time is “right” to end this bloodshed?” Then sit down and write a quick letter to the editor of your local paper DEMANDING that the president intervene for peace before one more innocent life is lost.
After all, hundreds of dead civilians and thousands of displaced persons are not really part of a “culture of life,” right?
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