Monday, January 17, 2005

A Question of Freedom

If a soldier like Sgt. Kevin Benderman, sent to bring freedom to another country chooses, after seeing the methods of his or her employer, to withdraw from the fight as a conscientious objector, and is degraded, threatened or put in jail, as was Camilo Mejia I must ask, what other employer in the United States can intimidate, harrass or imprison an employee because they choose to resign?

Some links:
Military Families Speak Out
Bring Them Home Now!
United for Peace and Justice
March 19, Global Day of Protest

Today, when we honor the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a good time to think again on how ends may not justify means.
"One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means."

".....the boycotts enabled millions of supporters to participate in the movement on a weekly and daily basis. For King, the calender of justice was not determined by the dates of Presidential and Congressional elections. Civil rights leaders chose their own battlefields according to their own needs and strengths, and they set the deadlines for their adversaries. King did not wait to see how others voted. For King, no deformed franchise can make human subjugation legitimate. -Paul Rockwell

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