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    The Drums are Getting Louder

    Please Help : My country is atwar and I don’t have a gun’ . Our president calls other men tyrants anddictators and ‘faces of evil.’

    Does he prepare these speecheswhile seated in front of a mirror? This elected messiah sits in the White Housewith dreams of warring for peace, killing for freedom, death for life.’

    In Iraq, sanctions starve peoplewho might otherwise rise and rebel against Saddam. The terrible irony of apreemptive strike is that it only increases the likelihood of retribution andan escalation of the violence.’

    On September 12, 2001, themajority of the world felt great sympathy

    For our loss. A year and a halflater this has changed. We are again arrogant Americans and the hatred thatbreeds terrorism is growing.’ Meanwhile, we are expected to cheer for awar that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars, while at the same time weare giving the rich an enormous tax break.

    Like it or not, you and I arepaying the bills. Our university system is raising tuition. The quality ofeducation, which was improving, will only suffer.’

    Some must die, while others willgive money to support it. Those who pay for a war they don’t believe in arejust as responsible as those who support it.’

    The moment is now: action orinaction, life or death, war or peace.

    This is about your life. Youdon’t have to be a hippie to attend a peace rally. You don’t have to be aradical to love your country by expressing your dissatisfaction with its policies.With all of the problems in the world we must make it perfectly clear thatAmerica’s priorities are not military. We are a peaceful nation.

    Protest now in every way youcan, on campus and off. Stop the war and preserve your right to a decent education.Every minute you wait, every second the clock ticks, war gets closer and thedrums get louder.

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