Dear RN list, June 5 And so, the bombing may well be over, but will the war really be over? Will Yugoslavia suffer much the same fate as Iraq? And will people swallow the standard media line that Milosovic is the type of guy who only understands the language of violence and so we used violence and won? Or will we look more critically and see that this bombing campaign seems to have been set for Yugoslavia like a trap and then refuse to let our governments get away with any more killing sprees in the name of "defence"? David Morgan, author of the item in this morning's posting about NATO's current role, writes: Date: Sat, 5 Jun 1999 11:20:01 -0400 (EDT) From: David Morgan <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: Peace - Serbs ask why not 72 days ago: Fisk, June 4 Greetings: This is a surprisingly faulty article by Fisk who is a great journalist> What did Milosevic gain by failing to sign the Rambouillet "Accords?" The answer is, he gained Serbia. Appendix B to this treacherous document called for NATO forces to be allowed to take over Serbia as well as Kosovo. Our wonderful media only told us about part of this document. It was designed to be rejected. Best wishes, David Morgan ********************************************************** I believe now is a crucial time for those of us who were disgusted by this bombing campaign. We must see that how this bombing campaign gets interpreted will be of utmost importance for whether or not future wars are accepted as "necessary" or avoided in favour of non-violent means of conflict resolution. Earlier, an RN subscriber, Daniel Haran, wrote that this war was largely about legitimizing the institution of war: Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 20:12:35 -0300 (ADT) From: Daniel Haran <•••@••.•••> Subject: Re: rn- re: Germany & Yugoslavia destabilization Hi all, Just came back from a week-end workshop on Non-Violence here in Nova Scotia. The facilitator, Leonard Desroches, said something that made a lot of sense to me. "This war is about protecting War; the institution of War." Seems to me that imperialist motives aside (breaking up FRY,...), this war certainly defends the need for NATO, which was under attack only recently as an unneeded, expensive anachronism. Another important (for me) idea he emphasized was that so long as we hold on to the idea of a just war, we do not question the framework. For Len, and myself, war is simply unnaceptable; the challenge is not to stop this war or that, but to oppose militarism. This has led me to a clearer understanding of my role. I've chosen to work on building and nurturing those community institutions -peace groups, conflict resolution centers- that get to the root of the problem. Peace- Daniel. P.S. Some of you may be interested in his book, Allow the Water- Anger, fear, power, work, sexuality, community- and the spirituality of nonviolence. I highly recommend it. ***************************************************************** No just war? It may seem that this idea is too far out for our society. Maybe people are scared of what it might mean to really believe that there is no such thing as a just war. Remember the quote from Thomas Friedman: Date: Fri, 07 May 1999 18:02:36 -0700 From: Sid Shniad <•••@••.•••> Subject: For globalism to work "For globalism to work, American can't be afraid to act like the almighty superpower that it is....The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist - McDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps." -- "What the World Needs Now," Thomas Friedman, New York Times, March 28, 1999 --- -- - But for me, at least, I come to the same conclusion as Daniel: there is no such thing as a just war and that to build the kind of society we want, we must stop arming the same interests that are oppressing people (ourselves included) the world over. We must "prepare for peace" because peace is what we want: "Si vis pacem, para pacem" all the best, Jan PS The next posting offers further commentary on the need for us to keep critical thinking alive in this time when it will be so tempting to just let "them" interpret the war for us. PPS As I mentioned above, aiming to get rid of the militaries in our countries may seem impossible. But let us take inspiration from a Canadian group, HOMES NOT BOMBS, which reminds us to "Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible": Date: Wed, 2 Jun 1999 22:18:22 +0530 From: •••@••.••• (L. Smith/M. Behrens) Subject: HOMES NOT BOMBS Dear Friends, Enclosed is the text of a two-page flyer currently being distributed across Ontario by a group of loosely affiliated nonviolent activists who believe in the old slogan, "Be Realistic: Demand the Impossible." On November 12, Homes not Bombs is inviting activists from across Ontario, Quebec, and wherever else to come to Ottawa and convert the War Department to the Housing Department. We want to pose a serious question: what would Canada look like if we stopped spending $10 billion annually on war, and spent it instead on housing, child care, education, women's support programs, health care, environmental clean-up and protection, income support for the under- and unemployed, etc.? . On Friday, November 12, we plan a nonviolent civil disobedience action and street festival celebrating alternatives to war and military spending. Groups of people trained in nonviolence will enter the War Department to begin preparations for the building's conversion. In a way, they will act as citizen inspectors trying to bring the building up to the United Nations code which says all signatory nations of various covenants must do everything humanly possible to respect the cultural, economic and human rights of their citizens. Institutions which prevent the establishment and maintenance of these rights (by sucking away money which would otherwise be spent on socially useful programs to fund war equipment and training) are in violation of the United Nations covenants to which Canada is a party. . <snip> There's lots of work to do leading up to November 12: signing people up for buses, conducting nonviolence training sessions, outreach and education, making props and banners, fundraising, and much more. To get involved, contact us at the nearest city near you, or start your own chapter wherever you are! Donations are greatly appreciated for this all-volunteer effort to meet our travel, phone and photocopying expenses. Donations can be addressed to Homes Not Bombs, P.O. Box 73620, 509 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON M6C 1C0. Toronto: (416) 651-5800, •••@••.••• Guelph (519) 766-4079; Hamilton: (905) 627-2696 Windsor: (519) 258-1555 Ottawa: (613) 237-6278, •••@••.••• "One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means. How much longer must we play at deadly war games before we heed the plaintive pleas of the unnumbered dead and maimed of past wars? It is not enough to say, We must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. We must concentrate not merely on the eradication of war but on the affirmation of peace." - Martin Luther King, Jr.