September 11, 2002
Regarding the Carbondale ceremony …
I have been too long silent, too long casting my vote into a vacuum.
It is time to witness for a new model. And we, as a nation privileged in wealth and world power, must begin the process. Victory through violence leaves the issues where they were in a cycle of endless retaliation.
This is our lesson from the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
I want us to remember and act upon what President Eisenhower said: “Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone, it is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hope of its children.”
I will attend the peaceful ceremony (Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m. to dark) to be held in Carbondale’s Sopris Park. I will be there to “vote” for a new model: a world in which we wage peace, where globalization will mean equitable access to resources for everyone.
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