March 19 is the 8th anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Iraq today remains occupied by 50,000 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of foreign mercenaries.
The war in Afghanistan is raging. The U.S. is invading and bombing Pakistan. The U.S. is financing endless atrocities against the people of Palestine, relentlessly threatening Iran and bringing Korea to the brink of a new war.
While the United States will spend $1 trillion for war, occupation and weapons in 2011, 30 million people in the United States remain unemployed or severely underemployed, and cuts in education, housing and healthcare are imposing a huge toll on the people.
Saturday, March 19, 2011, the anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, will be an international day of action against the war machine.
Protest and resistance actions will take place in cities and towns across the United States. Scores of organizations are coming together. Demonstrations are scheduled for San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and more.
That's from A.N.S.W.E.R. and don't show up March 20th saying, "I didn't know there was an action . . ." You've gotten a heads up with plenty of notice.
Sunny found an interesting e-mail from Judy and Judy wanted to know, "What is peace to you?" Judy explained she wasn't talking about the end of the Iraq War or any of the goals that we all work so hard on but she was talking instead about where you get peace within your own life.
I can actually answer that because, for the last hour and a half, I have been fantasizing about it. I was on the phone with a friend having some personal problems and thought, "I should go to the kitchen and make some pudding." I never did.
Which is too bad because I could really go for some vanilla or chocolate pudding and would love to be eating it front of the TV while watching Duck Soup -- especially the scene where Groucho sees his reflection (really Harpo) and they have a little routine where Groucho tries to trick him up.
I haven't wanted pudding in over a year. But today, or rather tonight, that just seemed like the most peaceful thing in the world. A nice bowl of pudding and Duck Soup on the TV screen.
My list for peace outside of me is endless (as I'm sure is your list) but in terms of my own inner peace? Sometimes it can be that simple, a good movie and a snack.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):