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MARCH 28, 2012 12:44AM

we love you iran & israel... p.s. too many weapons on earth

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We Love You -- Iran & Israel 

Georgia Winters posted the above video here on OS earlier today, sharing a message of love and hope from a young Israeli father and teacher who is saying no to war, and is asking the world to join in. 

Please listen to his message, and pass this video along.  Please e-mail your Senators and Representatives via these links, and let them know that we, too, have had enough of war. 

Within the past 12 years, we have amassed a massive national debt, which has now reached more than 15.5 trillion dollars.

What if all the money (as well as talent, energy, and, most importantly, life) spent on war in the Mideast the past decade would have instead been thoughtfully invested in green technologies, education, teaching tolerance, drug treatment programs and accessible mental health care, job training, food and a safe home for every child (and every adult), parks and green spaces, basic health care for everyone, the arts...the list goes on and on...

Where will our country, and our whole world, be 12 years from now?  

Our future is up to all of us, together. 

 we love you

We Love You (too!) , a video response from the Iranian people...




.plant peace

"...dialogue can create a space for peace to take root and grow..."





gandhi non-violence

"When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won.

There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem to be invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always."                              --Mahatma Gandhi



Update:   Worldwide, Mayors Join to

 Say:  Cities Are Not Targets

 mayors for peace

Mayors for Peace is an organization of mayors from all around the world calling for worldwide nuclear disarmament. As of August 1, 2012, membership stands at 5,312 cities representing 153 countries & regions. (As of March 1, 2013, the number has grown to 5,551.)  Join Mayors for Peace in saying:

"Do not allow war. Do not target cities and civilians.  Cities are Not Targets."

Mayors for Peace was founded in 1982, when the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki appeared at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament,  calling for cities to come together in solidarity for peace and the abolition of nuclear weapons. Their 2020 Vision Campaign has a goal of abolition of nuclear weapons by 2020, and coincides with The International Decade for Disarmament, which began in 2010.

Today, the   Asian chapter of Mayors for Peace

has participants in

Iran,    Iraq,    Israel    &   Japan.


Please read more about this movement for peace, for the security of all people as well as our environment, and please sign this petition calling for an International Nuclear Weapons Convention, so that nations can together start planning for a nuclear weapon free world.

Thank you! 

 There are 193 cities in the US that have already joined Mayors for Peace, including:

Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD, Berkeley, CA, Boston, MA, Boulder, CO, Burlington, VT, Charleston, SC, Charlottesville, VA, Chicago, IL, Cleveland, OH, Corpus Christi, TX, Denver, CO, Des Moines, IA, Detroit, MI, Duluth, MN, Durham, NC, Hartford, CT, Fargo, ND, Honolulu, HI, Jersey City, NJ, Kansas City, MO, Little Rock, AR, Los Angeles, CA, Milwaukee, WI, Olympia, WA, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Portsmouth, VA, Salt Lake City, UT, Santa Fe, NM, Seattle, WA, West Palm Beach, FL, and many more.

Maybe your city or town has joined already.  If not, please invite your mayor to join.


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Update #2:  The Nuclear Security Project's 

Goal: No Nuclear Weapons on Earth

 In 2007,  the non-partisan Nuclear Security Project  was founded by former Senator Sam Nunn, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry, former Secretary of State George Shultz, and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, whose purpose they state as follows: 

"We endorse setting the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons and working energetically to achieve that goal..."


Map: Members/Non-members of the NNPT(Chart from All numbers are estimates, as exact numbers are secret.  Strategic nuclear warheads are designed to target cities, missile locations, & military headquarters.)

Russia and the US control 90 to 95% of the world's nuclear weapons. In "A World Free of Nuclear Weapons," a 2007  Wall Street Journal Op Ed piece, these four leaders write:

 "First and foremost is intensive work with leaders of the countries in possession of nuclear weapons, to turn the goal of a world without nuclear weapons into a joint enterprise."



recycled elephant mobile  photo:  recycled art foundation

   Make Art, Not War  


Hopefully, this vision of a nuclear-free world will come true, and someday our country will be a leader in disarmament of both nuclear and conventional weapons,  encouraging other countries to do the same.  Instead of putting ourselves in the same position over and over again, remaining stagnated at the Neanderthal way of solving things--attack and kill--we can start using our abundant resources and modern knowledge for foresightful ways of conflict resolution and cooperation. 


It seems like we're all in this life together for just a very brief time on Earth.  Every child, every person deserves food, clean water and air, a chance to live free from attack, and live out a full life, wherever we are born in this world.

unicef tap project


We do have the means and knowledge to end warfare, but we need the vision, patience, and leadership to work towards that goal.  

We must stop

propagating violent tools,

methods, & ideologies

here at home,

 and stop promoting them around the world, both through our foreign policies, as well as excessive international weapons sales. It is not working for us. 

Right now is the best time to learn & put into practice cooperative peace-building and modern-day conflict resolution skills that really do work,

at the international level, within our nation, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods and homes, and, of course,  where it all starts,

within each one of our own hearts.        :)      





 "Conflict is an intrinsic and inevitable aspect of social change.  It is an expression of the heterogeneity of interests, values, and beliefs that arise as new formations generated by social change come up against inherited constraints.  But 

the way to deal with

conflict is a matter of habit and

choice.  It is possible to change

habitual responses & excercise

intelligent choices..."

                                            --from:   Contemporary Conflict Resolution





"I actually realized once in Kosovo, when I watched a man break down, that  bulllets are actually hardened tears, that when we don't allow men [and women and children] to have...their vulnerability, and have their compassion, and have their hearts, that they become hardened, and hurtful, and violent."

                                                 --Eve Ensler       



find hope 

update #3:  

We have too many weapons on Earth

Dr. Óscar Arias:

"During my term as president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990, I learned first-hand the devastating effects of the arms transfers on poor and war-torn places.  In Central America, the arms shipments that were supposed to resolve the region's ideological clashes in fact prolonged and exacerbated them. We would later learn that the civil wars in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua had caused more then 200,000 casualties, mostly civilian.

Conventional weapons imported from the Soviet Union and the United States were involved in the vast majority of these deaths."


"Peace cannot take root until the

deepest causes of conflict are

brought to light, examined, and

publicly discussed."

"Arms betray this delicate process by adding intolerance, deepening present grievances, and making agreement more distant.  Today, in troubled regions such as Sudan and Colombia, cheap and readily available weapons continue to poison efforts to establish peace for future generations."






"By the end of my presidency, I was

convinced that the arms trade

represents the single most significant

perversion of human priorities in our


"...The arms trade, and its accompanying glut of military spending, exacerbates and prolongs wars, criminal activity, & ethnic violence; destabilizes emerging democracies; and inflates military budgets to the detriment of health care, education, and basic infrastructure...

The Arms Trade Treaty...was formulated in 1997 by 8 Nobel Prize laureates: me, Ellie Wiesel, Betty Williams, the Dalai Lama, José Ramos-Horta, & representatives of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, American Friends Service Committee, & Amnesty International. 

The treaty calls for a ban on transfers of weapons to governments that repress fundamental democratic and human rights, or that commit acts of armed international aggression...

Since October 2003, a grassroots campaign to ratify this treaty into a binding piece of international law has been advancing in 70 countries around the world..."


"In Costa Rica, the Arias Foundation

for Peace & Human Progress has

launched a public education

campaign on the public health

impact of small arms,

with a special component of

peace training

in the public schools. "


costa rica


"...Clearly, a campaign to regulate the global arms trade brings us head to head with some very entrenched interest groups, & it could take years, even decades, to move forward. In this struggle, the moral & political leadership of civil society--from schools, to church councils, to public action groups--is fundamental. 

It has been thrilling to watch in the past decade as the Arms Trade Treaty has gathered worldwide momentum, a rising tide that grows out of the tiny ripples of every individual act of creativity & leadership."

 (Dr. Óscar Arias Sánchez  initiated a peace pathway leading to the signing of the Equipulas II Accord in 1987 by all Central American presidents, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.  He continues his work for peace and human rights through his Arias Foundation for Peace & Human Progress.)



HopE  :)     



The UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty will reconvene March 2013, as the treaty has not yet been ratified. 

"Repairing the damage caused  by crime, gang violence, or piracy - often fueled by reckless arms and ammunition transfers - vastly exceeds the initial financial profits of selling weapons...Without adequate regulation of international arms transfers and high common standards to guide national export decisions, the human tolls and financial costs will remain colossal." 

To read more about the  UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, please see:


We have too many weapons

on Earth now. 


We must make it known to our leaders that

environmental stewardship;

together restoring our Earth's ecosystems;

building humane relationships;

& doing business, creating, & planning for

the future with respect for

universal human rights

is the best & only road

to security for all of our children.



heart path  




om mani peme hung       

                               om mani padme hum  ~ compassion      :)   






The 8 Pillars of Peace:


  Ronny Edry Peace in the Mideast

                                   ronny edry graphic design

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clay ball...I agree, we must learn to love everyone. Peace is the answer, both in politics and personally.
I grabbed the vid and posted it to my facebook. Love can fix what hate cannot. May we have peace on earth. Thank you.
Maureen, yes...travelling that road is sometimes pretty hard and bumpy, but in the end so worth it.

l'Heure, thank you so much for reading, & for passing it on! I agree so much with your words, "love can fix what hate cannot."

Patrick...thank you for reading!
A reasoned plea for peace. Thanks.
Mary, thanks for reading!
Clay Ball,I have seen it in Georgias blog and commented on her too.

But I think that we must all ρass along your question thinking-so accurate and right to me- that

"What if the money spent on war in the past decade would have instead been thoughtfully invested in green technologies, education, teaching tolerance, drug treatment programs, job training, parks, the arts...the list goes on and on?"

I could not agree more.Rated with best regards and thanks .
Stathi, thank you!

Kate, I agree, it is just common sense...thank you for stopping by!
Perfect. I seldom cry. Almost did here. It is the way. The only way. It is fear that drives us apart. Fear that comes from governments and not the people. Well done. Thank you for coming by my post. Hold hands not rhetoric.
Ande, I love that, "Hold hands, not rhetoric." So true. I did cry when I first saw this. This brave young man cuts through all the BS coming from all sides, to find that kernel of truth, that we are all the same, fathers, children, mothers, grandparents, sisters, brothers. Thank you so much for stopping by & commenting.
Thank you for this positive, hopeful post!
Thank you for reading, Erica!
Wow, Wow, Wow! This is so mindblowing, so eye opening.. amid all the propaganda.. we see the real story.. Thank you so much for posting this and opening my eyes!!!
Thank you for reading anniestone...I just saw your most recent post, and it is so true.
I was inspired by the courage it took for Iranians to take the risk of posting those photos. I noticed pretty quickly that parts of their faces were almost always obscured, then I read why.

The Persians are a very interesting people. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, they took to the streets to protest the attacks, on behalf of America. I saw it when it was first reported, then it was buried in a hurry. I didn't forget.

In the immediate aftermath, Pres. Bush (jr) referred to Iran as part of the "Axis of Evil." So much for making the most of an opportunity.
Koshersalaami, I agree, it took great courage for the Iranian people to respond, and also for the Israeli people to broadcast this message. Thank you for the reminder of those demonstrations of support for us by the Iranian people...we did miss the opportunity to see that olive branch stretched out to us. I really hope this time all of our leaders hear this message, and listen. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Your so good today i could give you the OS medal for excellence.
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Algis, many thanx & smiles & love to you, too!
As with Iraq, as with Libya, as with the growing interest in sections of Africa, the problem lies, not with the ideologies which have their bad points as well, but with the possession of oil and the eagerness of the west to take control of it. By the testaments of reliable military and security experts the Iranian "threat" of atomic armaments is total nonsense and an excuse to get back to the situation where the Shah had given control of Iranian oil to the western corporate complex. The wars have been disguised under many banners but their bases have always come down to the control of natural resources.
Jan, thank you for stopping by. The Israeli man who posted the first video above, Ronny Etri, gives an interview: Isreal love Iran, Voice of America Persian News Network (the English translation begins at 4:48). He mentions that if the countries of the Mid East would work together peacefully, and cooperate, they could together become as strong as Europe or the US.

It would be in our long-term self-interest, too, to have a peaceful, cooperative Mideast, as well as a greener world economy and alternative fuel sources. I agree, some people have other goals than this, and seems like they are following a blueprint from the past, which isn't helping anyone...we have to start thinking in new ways.
...meant to say "alternative energy sources" rather than alternative fuel sources--more solar, wind, etc., and maybe things we haven't even thought harnessing the power of subway turnstiles, energy that is already there, but we just don't see it yet... :)
Aside from the capitalist drive to conquer and control all profitable resources which is behind the American empire, the Israelis have a special problem. The country was founded on the basis that the Jews have been persecuted for centuries and Zionism is a reaction to that. The Jews have lived in ghettos for much of this time and regards the rest of the world as a potential enemy. That's why Israel is basically a military nation. This is not to deny that there is real antisemitism, but the reaction is that it must be countered by military strength which, in the long run, is a losing proposition. If the Israelis could find some way for the surrounding countries to profit from good relations with Israel everybody would benefit. It is a terribly difficult problem to solve but if it is not solved only disaster will result for everybody concerned.
While I don't feel obliged to love everyone, particularly those who want me dead bc I was born a Jew, I applaud your and these efforts.

Jan, I agree, fostering good relations is the key to a stable future. If the US is going to be involved in that area of the world, rather than nudging the Mideast players into more antagonistic, rigid stances towards one another, we should be doing everything within our power to promote a more moderate outlook and dialogue, for the benefit of everyone. The motto "first do no harm" might be a good place to start.

Jonathan, thank you. I very much value your thoughts and opinion!
What is vital in good international relations is not military invulnerability (which is Israel's and the USA's stance and unobtainable in the long run as 9/11 clearly indicated) but a matrix of economic inter-relationships where the well being of both parties need and delight in each other's powers to develop good benefits for both countries. Both the USA and Israel have the stance of grabbing influence and controlling it which requires huge military expenditures, violent violations of basic human rights, and frightful diversions of national wealth away from the basic necessities of a beneficent government. Although the goals are economic, they are framed in generating fear of an implacable enemy and this is self-generated by the attitudes of the aggressive governments. As Afghanistan and Iraq and Vietnam have demonstrated, this does not work but it is hugely rewarding to the corporate industries supplying military needs as Eisenhower warned. And it is hugely destructive and totally foolish and horribly wasteful and vicious. If not countered it will destroy civilization.
[r] i heard the syrian ambassador on Charlie Rose. he accused the US of wanting to be the arsonist and the fireman at the same time. so much hypocrisy and mendacity among the Western powers.

we do need a campaign of CITIZENS WITHOUT BORDERS. Fellow human beings who want to stop the crazy war-addict leaderships to STOP IT!!!! STOP THE KILLING. STOP PUTTING PROFITS OVER PEOPLE!!!!!

best, libby
There is an article at which lays out the situation in Iran and the aggressive actions of Israel and the Obama administration to heighten the panic over the totally fictional nuclear armament situation in Iran. The similarity to the Bush build-up to the totally unwarranted attack on Iraq based on fictional information on the weapons of mass destruction under Saddam Hussein is extremely disturbing.
Two contributors here, Jon Wolfman and Koshersalaami have repeatedly intimated massive antisemitism on the rise in the world as a prelude to a second Holocaust out of a basic hatred of Jews which they infer is universal throughout the world. This is right in line with Israeli propaganda to defer the objections to Israeli brutalities and land grabbing in the Middle East to imaginary massive antisemitism in general when it is, to a very large extent, disgust with a racist regime persecuting and ethnic cleaning the original inhabitants of the area.

If Israel and the USA succeed in instigating a totally unjustified, illegal and horrifying war against Iran on totally false bases Israel will succeed in creating real antisemitism of monstrous proportions for this politically opportune viciousness and plunge the entire Middle East and perhaps much of the world into more horror and catastrophe than can be imagined.
Jan, I especially agree with what you wrote in your first comment: "What is vital in good international relations is not military invulnerability...but a matrix of economic inter-relationships where the well being of both parties need and delight in each other's powers to develop good benefits for both countries."

The latter is what our goal should be, assisting the Mid East develop that cooperative matrix.

In response to your second comment, the similarities to Iraq are very troubling. Beyond that, we should have experienced enough horror in our misguided attack on Iraq, with its devastating effects on the Iraqi population, environment, and cultural treasures; its lifetime effect on our military people and their families; its HUGE impact on our ability to provide basic necessities and promote non-violence here at home in our families and neighborhoods, that we never want to have or instigate another war again.

When will we ever learn that there are better ways to solve things than attack and kill first, ask questions later? How have we as a nation even come to terms what we did in Iraq, against the will of the UN and most of the world community? We haven't come to terms with it in any public way...are we just supposed to forget about it and move on?

In response to the issue of anti-Semitism, as you wrote in your very 2nd comment of this post, "That's why Israel is basically a military nation. This is not to deny that there is real anti-Semitism, but the reaction is that it must be countered by military strength which, in the long run, is a losing proposition." I think Israel will always need a military for defensive purposes, but there has to be a change of dynamics in the Mideast, to a more peaceful and cooperative way. Human rights is an issue all over the world--even here in the US--and Iran and Israel are no exception. From what I have read about Jonathan's and Kosher's point of view, they are understandably concerned about anti-Semitism, and write about the effects the Holocaust has had on the psyche of many Jewish people, and how it has affected their outlook, both people around the world and in present-day Israel. From the few of their posts on this topic that I've read, and their comments here, they both seem to express fairly moderate views. I respect both these writers and their opinions, and also don't want to turn this into a critique of other specific writers or commentators. I think we all have a spectrum of opinions, based on our different experiences and knowledge.

For me, it is very, very troubling that powerful (and to a significant extent very conservative) elements in the United States seem to be trying to escalate things in the Mid East, and are trying to push our government and the Israeli government into a more rigid, hardline stance with less room for negotiation and peaceful resolution.

As Libby uses the analogy from the Syrian ambassador in her comment, we don't want the US to be the arsonist of the Mideast.

That is what we should all be working to avoid, and that is why I hope more and more people will contact their Senators and Representatives, and let them know that, having just come from a decade of brutal war in the Mideast, with 4000 of our troops still in Iraq, we don't want another war.

This is what the NY Times says today about Iraq:
"On Dec. 15, 2011, the American military formally ended its mission in Iraq, one that cost the lives of 4,487 service members, with another 32,226 wounded in action; more than one million service members served in Iraq during the course of the conflict.

Tens of thousands of Iraqis died in the fighting that followed, although there are no firm estimates.

The closing ceremony in Baghdad sounded an uncertain trumpet for a war that was started to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction it did not have. It ended...with the country facing a political crisis.

Even after the formal withdrawal, the military still has two bases in Iraq and roughly 4,000 troops."

Thanks as always for your thoughtful comments, Jan! I am in total agreement, it is in no one's best interest to have another war in the Mideast, and it would be very, very devastating to everyone involved, and especially to the Iranian and Israeli men and women, and all the children.
Libby, thank you so much for your comment...I agree, stop the killing, stop the profits over people! I like that "Citizens without Borders"...that is a good way to describe this Facebook campaign initiated by Ronny Etri.
p.s. I just wanted to amend the comment to Jan: It is not known how many Iraqi civilians died violently since 2003. Lately the news has been saying tens of thousands. However, Iraq Body Count , the largest public database of Iraqi civilians killed since 2003, estimates the number of people to be about 110,000. (Just for comparison, Rochester, MN has a population of 106,769 and Midland, TX has a population of 111,147 people.)

It is estimated 79% of people killed in the war in Iraq were civilians.

For the people whose age was available, 8.5% killed were children.

(More information can be found at Casualties of the Iraq War )
...just a correction, the name of the young peace activist who started the Israel-Loves-Iran campaign is Ronny Edry (not Etri)... :)
Thanks so much for sharing this very important and heart-warming information, clay ball!
Wren Dancer, thanks so much for reading! And thank you for sharing that very moving, beautiful piece on your blog yesterday, about your friend William lost in the first wave of AIDS. I hope somehow the people from that generation know that we still remember them.
Why isn't this on the front page???????

Thank you, V. Corso...thanks for reading!
I shared this on fb. Thanks for remembering my friend William with me.
Thank you for sharing it, Wren Dancer! (And I really loved your new post, The Beauty of Abram's very beautiful!)
What a beautiful post and what a beautiful video. What could we all accomplish if we all had the courage to speak up like this? Thank you for breaking it down for us so lucidly.
Thank you, Deborah...maybe if more voices speak up, things will change!
It is said that ignorance is bliss but if that were true I think I would see a lot more smiling faces! R - Duke
Duke, I believe you're right...thanks for stopping by!
I had not heard of Mayors for Peace. Thank you for enlightening me as to this very fine gathering of souls.
Poor Woman, I hadn't heard of them until I wrote this post, but was really happy to hear that my state's capitol has joined, as well as surrounding cities and towns. Worldwide nuclear disarmament seems to be an idea whose time is coming, and hopefully it will gain momentum. We should really listen to the mayors from Japan, who bore the brunt of so much nuclear fallout at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now, sadly enough, Japan has more experience with the recent accident in Fukushima in 2011. There are still effects occurring from the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 Chernobyl study by University of South Carolina. That should be enough to disuade anyone from ever using, or threatening to use, nuclear weapons, and purposely messing up our planet for the children and future generations.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!
Thanks for this...reposted!
Anne, thank you so much for reading, and reposting! :)
This gives me hope and I hope this movement continues to grow.
It gives me hope, too, Razzle Dazzle.
The Israel~Loves~Iran campaign is alive & continues to grow :)

Support the Peoples' Will
Roya Mobasheri, an Iranian artist who has been active in the Israel~Loves~Iran campaign, shares why the campaign is being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She believes this campaign helps to encourage peoples' diplomacy, worldwide.

Isrealis and Iranians are forbidden to enter one another's countries, but with her German passport, Roya was able to visit her friends from the Israel~Loves~Iran campaign. She documented her experiences in Jerusalem and shares them on YouTube for her fellow countrymen and women to see: Roya Mobasheri in Jerusalem.
An update from the Nuclear Security Project: An Asia Pacific Leadership Network statement , by leaders from 14 Asian Pacific countries. They say, "The nuclear-armed states – led by the U.S. and Russia, who between them possess 95 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons – must get serious about their disarmament commitments."

"Further negotiations on U.S.-Russia nuclear arms reduction are stalled. There is no sign of progress in bringing into force the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. There has been zero progress on breaking the Geneva negotiating stalemate on a new treaty to ban production of fissile material for nuclear weapons, and if anything an acceleration of nuclear weapons programs by nuclear-armed states in our own region."

Please contact your Senators and Representatives, to let them know this is a priority for all of us--for the safety of all people, as well as for all the living beings that depend on a healthy environment for life itself. The US and Russia need to lead by example in disarming, to keep our Earth habitable for everyone.
clay ball, this is video is a glimmer of light and hope in a sad and fearful world. I'm just recently discovering your OS blogsite, and will be watching for your avatar here in the future. Forward. - Dan Rigney
Thank you very much, Dan! I agree, it is a very positive glimmer of hope...& hopefully it will keep on growing.
You nailed this...
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Thank you, Algis, thank you so much for stopping by! :)
Your so good and thats why I LOVE you.
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Love you too, Algis!

This makes me happy! Peace. I'm glad I found your writing here.
Thank you, C Berg, and peace to you! I was happy to find your delicious recipe today, too...perfect while waiting on spring to return. :)
OMg this should have been an editors pick...Bravo!
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Many thanx & love to you, too, Algis!

""Peace cannot take root until the

deepest causes of conflict are

brought to light, examined, and

publicly discussed."

great quote...and incredible amount of work in this post, thanks so much
Heidi, thanks for reading! I really appreciate and admire the hard work you are doing in Wisconsin, and your wonderful, in-depth interviews at Thank you very much, and best wishes in your work!
Some of us can learn to love everyone. Many of us can never find the way.
Reza Aslan, writer and religious scholar, who was recently on Real Time with Bill Maher, made the comment that when he came to the U.S. in 1979 as a seven year old he told people that he was Hispanic. Even illegal immigrants were held in higher esteem than Iranians.
I read a book sometime in the last year about war and peaceful solutions to war. (Sorry I can't remember the author or the title) and the point was made that the world has to find a way to peaceful solutions. War until the nuclear age was about domination. War in the nuclear age is about mutual annihilation. Attempts to go back to "conventional" war end up in protracted conflicts like those in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq that are horribly expensive and in the end solve nothing.
I could go on a rant about the military-industrial complex running and ruining the world economy but I'll save that.
Rodney, thank you for your thoughtful comment! I agree, the world has to find a way to peaceful solutions. If cockfighting is now seen as barbaric and outlawed, then warfare, setting humans at each other to fight to the death, will also someday become an idea whose time is past. We can find other ways to solve things. One family may try to solve things with fists and knives and guns, and another family with understanding, hard work, fairness, and words...we have to transform ourselves from the former to the latter.

I really enjoyed your post on your recent veterans' kayaking trip, and the beautiful Navajo prayer about traveling the path of Beauty! Thank you again for sharing that positive message! :)
what a wonderful way to spend your time, putting this post together and sharing it with the rest of us...just what I needed to read today. This part was especially comforting:

"There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem to be invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always." --Mahatma Gandhi
Heidi, thank you. I love that quote, too. Thank goodness there is something in the human family that always emerges, generation after generation, which wants to create community, peace, inclusion, caring. Thanks again for all the wonderful work you do interviewing so many Wisconsin Voices, and sharing them here with us. Best wishes to you always!
The 3 peace activists, including an 84-year-old nun, who broke into the Tennessee nuclear storage facility in July 28, 2012, were sentenced yesterday. The three peace activists hiked over a ridge and used wire cutters to break in and spend hours in the Oak Ridge, TN, storage facility (which contains 400 tons of highly enriched uranium — enough to fuel 10,000 nuclear bombs).

The judge, who gave them lower sentences than requested, praised the 3 for their consciences and good works.

Statements from the three activists in court:

“I was acting in support of the rule of law with my actions,” said Walli, who added: “I am the face of tomorrow. The face of demilitarization...”

Boertje-Obed read an excerpt from a speech by Martin Luther King Jr., and he said that if the United States would abide by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty it “would promote respect for the law.”

Rice, the 84-year-old Catholic nun, cited poverty and economic disparity as “the direct fallout from gross spending to maintain a nuclear industrial complex.”

Then, with the judge’s permission, she led people in the courtroom in a short song. “Sacred the Earth, sacred the waters, sacred the sky.”