March 18, 2003
By Bridget Gibson
A curious thing happened on the way to Baghdad. It seems
that somehow during the long dark night on the road to war,
many brave people stood before the guns unarmed, with only
words as weapons, and waged peace.
Peace, as many of us know, is hard to accomplish. We know
this from our personal relationships with friends and family.
We know this from working in situations every day, doing the
most mundane of tasks. Making the feelings and opinions of
others about us positive is influenced best by kindness, consideration
We, the people, have needed our political leaders to lead
us into peace, not into war. We have heard the drums in the
background and felt the disruption in our lives.
We need to know that our world, though flawed and troubled,
will survive. Only through reasoned and clear dialogue can
When thieves and robbers come and take your possessions and
kill your family at the end of a loaded gun, when they leave
with your things or occupy your home and property, would it
occur to any of you to thank them for killing your children
and destroying your world?
Somehow that is the scenario that the Bush administration
attempts to paint regarding the occupation of Iraq. Excuse
me. Can we have some sanity here? Just place yourself in any
situation where life and limb and those of your children or
husband or mother or father or aunt or uncle - all those that
your life has truly revolved around - picture them dead at
the butt of a gun - picture your response to your "liberator."
What our world needs is for our politicians to learn the
art of diplomacy and to cease to posture. We need to get politics
out of government. Our forefathers were quite clear about
"serving" our country. It was an honor, it was a duty - it
was not a profession.
Yes, we have "poli-sci" degrees in our universities. I apologize
to all who are about to be offended, but puleeze get over
it. Life is not a "career," it is life. When all you do is
to collect things - degrees, wives, children, cars (the list
goes on and on) and you never collect the rewards of truly
living - using common sense to govern your days, do you know
what you get? You get politicians wasting time in Washington,
D.C. changing the name of an item on the menu of the congressional
This is how our politicians wage peace. They figure
out how to be petty, mean and waste the dollars of the taxpayers
who pay their salary.
I am tired of the absolute inanity that spews forth from
our elected representatives. I received a letter from my congressman
regarding an issue that I had written about in December -
the unemployment benefits for more than one million people
were expiring at Christmas. In an economy that has lost of
3.45 million jobs in the past two years, we have congresspersons
worrying about the name of a menu item in the congressional
Well, my congressman stated that the reason that nothing
had happened until recently was that the 107th Congress had
"left work undone." To the uninformed, this might
seem that the 108th would do better, but my congressman was
a part of the 107th also! Does this mean that he's finally
accepting responsibility for the work that he is not accomplishing?
Heavens no! He was hoping that I would not remember that his
failure to act was his burden to explain.
We all need to force our representatives to explain why they
will not wage peace. They will do anything and everything
to squander our nation's resources: Its time, its money, its
children and its future.
Let's wage peace!