Should the US seek a permission slip before it wages war?
Vice President Dick Cheney received thunderous applause when he declared to the Republican National Convention “George W. Bush will never seek a permission slip to defend the American people.” This bold assertion echoed the language used by President Bush in his 2004 State of the Union Address to underscore an ethos of non-accountability
On July 7-13, some 8000 persons gathered at the Forum Barcelona, Spain, for the 2004 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The 2004 theme was Pathways to Peace: The Wisdom of Listening, The Power of Commitment.
The world is like the kink of a dogs tail, said one great master from the Far East, as long as you are holding it you think it is straight but the moment you let go, it just kinks up again. This phrase haunted me as I sojourned to the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war between the US and USSR. I was not a peace activist.
Let us explore the nature and development of our call to service in ways that link inner and outer realities, universal plans and passionate commitment. Let us ask what to do, where to go, how to take initiative and how to understand our role as leader and social artist in this most compelling moment of human history.