10 years ago

10 years ago today we went to war in Iraq.  Under false pretenses, under fear of weapons of mass destruction, since proven never existed as a threat.  I was against it all, still am.  I wrote, I sang, I joined New Yorkers Say NO To War.  I marched.

Today even through my cynical and sad eyes, I can still honor all the fallen, all the victims on all sides, all the heros. men, women, the National Guard members who were swept up into the non-debate of a non-draft country and government which remembered what happened when it's citizens rose up against another misbegotten war in Vietnam. I saw through the slick, tricky, slippery slope creation of "Military Contractors" who were making more money in 1 year than countless US soldiers combined.  And the corporations who really are the  financial "winners" in this human tragedy never could be won war.

I still believe our US entitlement throughout the world is hurting us all.  I continue to support efforts of diplomacy in the name of peace.  You may say I'm a dreamer, but without dreams what's life for?

Here's a song for today.  My song "Dedicate"

10 years ago today peace was still an option, download free Dedicate,  I dedicate my life to peace. Can you dedicate? 


"Aftermath" at New York Theatre Workshop

Last night I went to New York Theatre Workshop’s Opening of ‘Aftermath’ by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen.  ‘Aftermath’ is a very poignant and disturbing play about the Iraq war. The dialogue came directly from Iraqi refugee interviews held in Jordan.  Theatre is such an amazing place to wrestle with perspective and reality, and this piece hits deep in the gut.  It is clearly bruising yet strangely uplifting, in the way stories of survival amidst terrible tragedy do.  Making it harder and more difficult to experience the theatrical piece was the underlying truth that each character’s tragedy was in reality wrought by our country’s war.