- Dear Cindy,
- You are, in biblical terms, salt that has not lost its
flavor...or its ability to catalyze! You certainly have catalyzed me.
- Oddly, two things have kept rumbling through my mind
this past week.
- ~ A poem by a Russian poet Nekrasov, the poet of Russian
pain. The poem is titled Vnimaya Uzhazom Voiny --'Paying Attention to the
Horrors of War'. Nekrasov singles out mothers: 'Mothers are the only ones
who will never forget their children fallen on the battlefield, just as
a willow tree will never be able to lift its drooping branches.'
- It sounds a lot better in Russian. I look forward to
sharing the whole poem and translation with you after I arrive at Camp
Casey outside of Crawford on Saturday.
- ~ A passage from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter from
Birmingham City Jail:
- So we had no alternative except that of preparing for
direct action, whereby we would present our bodies as a means of laying
our cause before the conscience of the local and national community.
- It has been great to know that fellow Veteran Professional
for Sanity, Ann Wright, has been with you throughout. We have been well
represented; hope you are ready for reinforcements. I was delighted to
hear from Ann today of the arrival of the crosses, stars of David, and
crescents from Arlington West. Over 1800 of them now. There were only 1700
just a month or so ago, when I had the privilege of helping put them up
on Santa Monica beach early one Sunday morning.
- Keep looking to the hills for the horses and chariots
of fire, and remember -- there are more of us than there are of them. And
I am sure more and more will be coming in the weeks ahead.
- Your friend,
- Ray McGovern works for Tell the Word, the publishing
arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. During his
27-year career as a CIA analyst, he chaired National Intelligence Estimates
and prepared/briefed the President's Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran
Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.