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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

2 responses to “Peace work in RI: The East Bay Citizens for Peace”

  1. Johnnie

    If you genuinely want to stop wars you need to understand what starts them. When other countries start wars we attribute it to “madmen” or “dictators”. When we start wars and overthrow governments we are defending ourselves and “our interests”. Our leaders are not madmen, but quite rational – which they are. War is a calculated undertaking, “diplomacy by other means.” It is always fought with interests and objectives in mind. 
    U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, winner of two congressional medals of honor, speaks about war. He was not a leftist or an anti-American propagandist.

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