[mgj-discuss] Iraq Pledge of Resistance: text of Civil
flugennock at sinkers.org
Wed Oct 2 20:01:14 EDT 2002
At 14:44 -0700 10.02.2002, luke-- at hushmail.com wrote:
> This pledge has its uses, but I cannot sign it because I cannot agree to guideline #6 under any circumstances. I will support as best as I can those who participate in actions of this nature, but I will not place myself in the line of fire if I cannot escape or defend myself...
Good point; to each their own, but my own misgiving here is that for many reasons that I won't go into here, I really am not able to take an arrest if I can help it. This is why, admittedly, most of my Friday footage isn't as "hot" as a lot of folks.
> From the philosophical standpoint I believe that POWER is what it takes to stop aggression, and that the role of witness is to encourage others to bring their power into the struggle. As such, I prefer hit-and -run actions to submission to the opposition. Still, there is a place in the movement for all the tools in the toolbox, and all those who use them...
Fair enough; this is why, iirc, there's a "non-civil-disobedience participant" version of the pledge for folks who aren't sure they can handle an arrest but are willing to do whatever small thing they can do to end this and all war. Granted, I'm luckier than most to be able to do some things really well to help that don't involve sitting in and being arrested.
This isn't to say, of course, that a given change in circumstances wouldn't alter my willingness to participate in CD on this or another issue...and, of course, running into the wrong cop on a wheat-pasting night, who really doesn't appreciate my knowledge of 108.4.
"John the Baptist, while torturing a thief,
looks up to his hero, the Commander-in-Chief,
saying 'Tell me, great hero -- but please make it brief --
is there a hole for me to get sick in?'" --dylan.
Mike Flugennock, the Sinkers, flugennock at sinkers dot org
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