In the course of history, there have been perhaps a handful of times when people have come together and peacefully made their voices heard so that history itself is altered.
Certainly, the great gathering of August 28 th, 1963 where Martin Luther King delivered his dream speech is a remarkable example.
Gandhi's salt march is another. Here, on the 12th of March 1930 ,Mahatma Gandhi, at age 61, started walking from Sabarmati Ashram with a band of 78 handpicked volunteers. Their destination was a beachhead 241 miles to the south, Dandi. Around the 6th of April, Mahatma Gandhi and his band of followers reached Dandi, along with the thousands who had joined him en-route.
It was at Dandi that the British Empire lost its moral high ground as wave after wave of unarmed nonviolent soldiors stormed the British lines. With each brutal hit of their sticks on the unarmed satyagrahas, the British soldiers lost their ability to inflict their violence.
There are many signs pointing to an expansion of the War and violence in the Mideast. Here is one more from China View.
This is not new. Scott Ritter has said an attack is imminent since 2005. Seymour Hersh has written and spoken often about it. Even this Russian MP believes it.
And the POTUS is no help either in quieting our worried minds.
Meanwhile, the liberal press continues to conflate Iran's legal processing of nuclear fuel with the creation of nuclear weapons.
The other night, while at a fund raiser for a truly progressive guardian of the truth, I found myself explaining to a reporter friend how such an attack would not seem so crazy in the eyes and minds of the military and corporate elite.
The price of oil would probably shoot up as Iran shuts down the straits in the Persian Gulf. That would mean that the big major oil companies could make huge profits. Simultaneously, the problem of peak oil would be temporarily solved as demand drops due to the price increase.
As a bonus, The POTUS and the VPOTUS change the dialogue away from their past failures to the future need for complete victory.
If all goes right, we end up controlling the 200 billion barrels of Oil in Iraq (including the western field), the 150 Billion barrels or so in Persia, and we keep the Saudis and Kuwaitis in our protectorate for a grand total of perhaps 600 billion barrels in our control. That would be perhaps 50% of the remaining oil reserves on earth.
That would look pretty good on paper.
Unfortunately, the game is not played on paper.
And it most certainly is not a game.
If our leaders move forward on this plan,
it will be a ride into hell.
This all leads me to this.
I'm thinking about another Ride.
I'm thinking about a Ride to Washington.
Imagine 2 or 3 million people of conscience,
Riding their bikes into Washington after gathering in Philadelphia.
Imagine Washington so full of bikes, the cars can't move.
Imagine a show of love and force that might actually change this.
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