Bring the troops home. Fast.

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“What was it like to live during the war?”

When I was growing up, I used to ask my grandparents that question all the time. All four of my grandparents were young children when World War I started; they were young parents at the beginning of World War II. As a child, I just couldn’t imagine how people could live during those times. I couldn’t picture what life must have been like. Were they allowed to laugh or smile, when there was so much destruction and suffering? Did they go to parties? Did everyone talk about the war, all the time? How did they live?

Of course, we all know now what it’s like to live during a long war in the 21st century. It can be so difficult to open your heart to the suffering in the world today, and so easy to settle in to the routine of our day-to-day existence. Each day we wake up, rush to work, get together with friends, get caught in traffic, get caught in office politics, get caught in emails… and each day so many time zones away, another family is terrorized at gunpoint, another young soldier is killed, a home is destroyed, a child is killed while her sister is raped. And if you live in America, it’s being done in your name.

Nearly a dozen of us at Rainforest Action Network are joining Code Pink and thousands of others around the world who are fasting to end the war in Iraq and to bring our troops home now. We believe deeply in nonviolence, and have the highest respect for Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and others who used the weapon of love to make the world a better place.

For what purpose have we been ruining the lives of so many American and Iraqi families? It’s time to bring the troops home. Fast.

Michael Brune
Executive Director
Rainforest Action Network

5 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Armadillo says:

    Good for you Mike and RAN! I’m proud that RAN people take a stand on the war, I wish more environmentalists would do the same.

  2. manyhues says:

    I am really pleasantly surprised and pleased to see this on the front page of the website. I think RAN deserves some tremendous credit for taking this stance on the war. Most environmental organizations are terrified of having a position on this theme. RAN shows true Vision and Courage, and I am very appreciative of this!

  3. Chris says:

    Love is not a weapon.

  4. David W Giesbrecht says:

    for what reason have we been ruining the lives of so many americans and Iragi is a very good question , perhaps we should ask the bush crime family these questions , mabye they and others should be held reponsible for the destruction of so many innocent lives , Keep up the battle it is worth it.

  5. Thomas says:

    I have some mixed feeling about the propostion of us coming home right now. I am a combat medic in the army currently serving in Iraq. Many of us here are working to make a positive difference in Iraq from helping their police and army forces to giving aid to the civilians. While it would be nice to come home and stay home I still feel a sense of obligation to help those here that cannot help themselves and to stop any person who would kill someone else because they worship differently. Thank you for your time and please do not take this message any further than this site.

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