Our Arrogance Will Be the End of Us

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u201CAt
first, I thought u2018How dare you say that about my America,'
she said looking at me through squinted eyes, u201Cbut then I saw it,
our arrogance will be the end of us.u201D

She
explained to me how she and her husband voted for Bush. She said
they were conservative and watched Fox News regularly; however,
something touched her in seeing and hearing everyday people from
around the world talk about her beloved country as a bully; a hypocrite.
Something touched her when faced with the sobering charge of War
Crimes and the images of torture at the hands of Americans under
orders from the US Government. Something touched her that day that
made her think about what she thought she knew.

This
woman said these things to me after watching a test screening of
a new documentary called Internationally Speaking.

I've
been doing this, political activism, a short time, relatively; but
it never ceases to amaze me how much people care. How one instant,
one piece of information can open a person's mind to something they
didn't see before.

More
and more American citizens are losing support for Bush and losing
support for this war in Iraq.  They are learning certain things,
with increasing speed. These things the activist community knew
before the war started: that we were opening a dangerous can of
worms by attacking Iraq.

Cindy
Sheehan knows how one instant can change your life forever. Other
Mothers who have lost sons know. Now Mothers and Fathers and Sisters
and Brothers are learning this before it's too late. Still there
are those who think their voice is futile.

Last
week at the post office I was speaking with a Postal worker about
Camp Casey. u201CI respect what she's doing,u201D the woman had said to
me, u201Cbut he'll never talk to her. He can't, because then he'll have
to talk to everyone.u201D

I
said. u201CExactly. Cindy Sheehan deserves answers. This country deserves
answers.u201D

u201CI
have three sons in Iraq,u201D the woman told me, u201Cone of them — it's
his third time over.u201D

u201CYou
should go to Crawford!u201D I replied.

u201CWell,
my sons aren't dead… yetu201D

I
told her that was the best time to go — before they died. It's getting
to that point, folks. People are starting to wake up and speak up
before it hits their little box of reality.

As
Cindy said, “If you fall on the side that is pro-George and pro-war,
you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who
wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against
this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.”

It's
far passed time to speak out, America — stand up in solidarity with
Cindy. Speak out in your local communities. Write letters to the
editor. Let's generate a sound heard around the world — u201CAmerica
says NO to this war. America says NO to torture and abuse. America
says NO to occupation. America says NOT ONE MORE PERSON WILL DIE
because of this war.u201D

Speak
up, America. Stand up. Let's roll.

August
29, 2005

Christine
Rose [send her mail]
is an activist and filmmaker. Her films include Liberty
Bound
and Internationally
Speaking
.

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