The Klamath Basin Peace Forum

January 20, 2007

Peace Words

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Nancie, a member of the Klamath Basin Peace Forum, sent out an e-mail asking for individuals to contribute paragraphs about what peace means to them. Posted below is my contribution to that effort.

A.J. Muste, one of the founding members of the Fellowship for Reconciliation, once said: “There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” Peace is so much more than the mere absence of war and conflict. Peace calls us to reach for our highest potential in service to all of humankind. Peace calls us to respect the diversity and differences between us and to embrace the commonality. Peace calls us to lift up our voices and sing in harmonies that resonate in the heart and the ears of the divine. Peace is mutuality and unconditional positive regard. Peace allows us to grow through the conflicts that will confront us as individuals and as nations and establish relationships based on love and not fear, on abundance and not scarcity, on acceptance of different perspectives and not judgment, and on being in the present moment without suffering from the anger, pain and resentment of the past or the anxieties and worries about an uncertain future. Peace is the only assurance of survival. Peace is life.

David Isaiah Hedelman


January 2, 2007

3,000 and counting

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We have reached another sad milepost. 3,000 (at least) U.S, servicemen and women have lost their lives. The proportion of women fatalities in Iraq is greater than in any combat situation in American history. The loss of lives of citizens to the “insurgency” or to “sectarian violence” grows. The numbers are so difficult to determine, but are well over 100.000 and counting. Some are seeing parallells between the war in Vietnam and what is happening in Iraq. “Our” president is reviewing opitions to change a failed strategy while claiming we have not yet lost the war. A dictator has been excecuted and a martyr has been created. Combat troops are being assigned training roles. Unrealisitic expectations are being placed on a national government to form coaltions between groups that are reluctant to trust one another. The nation is fragmented by the force of militia whose loyalties are not clear. The nation of Iraq is in the middle of “civil war” in all but name. To quote a song made popular during the 1960’s when protests against Vietnam were at the highest, “When will we ever learn, When will we ever learn.”

We will gather this late aftenoon and evening in front of the courthouse in downtown Klamath Falls. We will remember the tragic loss of all lives.

David Hedelman:

Member of the Klamath Basin Peace Forum and Minister of The Congregational-United Church of Christ.

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