Isn't It Time We Just
Said NO To War?

By Judy Andreas
Just Say No To War
By Holly Avila 
It's a rich man's sport, this game called war
played with the lives and the blood of the poor.
They'll preach democracy, and setting people free
when power and control is all it's ever for.
Just say no!
They can't play the game without us, and they don't give a damn about us.
Don't be their pawn anymore.
Just say no to war!
Problem, reaction, solution is how they set the stage,
creating an enemy who's fit for our rage.
They'll declare with pride God was on their side.
It's the world's oldest book, and this is just another page.
Just say no!
They can't play the game without us, and they don't give a damn about us.
Don't be their pawn anymore.
Just say no to war.
War is no solution, just a profitable institution
There is no absolution for cold blooded execution
Just say no!
Blood flows like water while fools rush to the slaughter.
Don't be a rich man's whore, just say no to war!
We ain't a marchin anymore, just say no to war!  
(Holly Avila can be reached at
Today is March 20th. 
It is the third anniversary of a war based on lies. 
It is the third anniversary of a war that continues to devastate the lives of countless thousands. 
It is the third anniversary of the war in Iraq.  
Events of protest have been occurring all over the world.  
On Saturday, I stood perched on a street corner in Nanuet along with my fellow Rocklanders.  We have been protesting every Saturday for nearly three years.
Prior to our protest, I received a flier that read:
"We will be re-enacting the 'Mission Accomplished' speech that King W. George gave aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, in May of 2003.  Come join us to show the "Real Missions Accomplished" in the war on Iraq:
1. 2,315 U.S. troops have died
2. More than 17,000 U.S. troops were severely injured
3. More than 100,000 Iraqi people have been killed
4. Tens of thousands of Iraqi people have been detained and tortured by us
5. Our own civil liberties have been eroded under the guise of protecting us
6. Operational costs of the war so far: $250 billion
7. Rocklanders have paid for the war $5,000 per household
and more...
We have turned Iraq into a living hell!"
And so, each Saturday, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., we demonstrate against this unholy war.   And, as the months turn into years, an ever increasing amount of car horns honk in accord with us.  And yet, sadly enough, barbs are still hurled in our direction.   These angry mouths belong to people who believe that we are traitors.  These are the people who think that the war is justified.  These are the people who have bought the official story that Arabs flew planes into the WTC.   These are the people we need to address.  
Although I believe that it is important to stand up and be counted, without the truth of 911, our story is incomplete.  Without the truth about 911 this war may stop but other wars most certainly will begin.  The troops may leave Iraq en route to another country but the country will not be America.  Without the truth of 911, the American people will not wake up to the reality of the cruel hoax that is being perpetrated against the world. 
 How much longer do we have?  How many more corpses are going to be strewn in the name of "Operation Iraqi Freedom" ?    How many more countries are we going to invade in order to bring them "democracy"?   How many more civil rights will we relinquish?
 When I left Social Services, in December of 2004, I was a bit of an oddity.   Having always adorned the attire of the "square peg" I was used to conspiracy jokes.    My coworkers thought I was a lovable nut.
"Next you'll be saying Oswald did not kill Kennedy"    Bill was serious. 
Ultimately, I grew weary of watching my coworkers gobble the daily news and contentedly belch on the latest lie.
I will never forget the day when a client and I had sat in the Housing Unit.  Everyone was gathered around a newspaper, commenting at a picture of a mural that supposed terrorists had drawn on a cave wall.  The mural depicted planes flying into tall buildings.  Didn't gullibility have a limit?  Perhaps it was not a far stretch from the pristine passport lying  (lie-ing) in the WTC rubble.   What will be next.....terror rap featuring Biggy Osama found in the crater at Shanksville?
Although I occasionally grow discouraged, I have, in the years  following the WTC disaster, not relinquished my mission.  Unlike Mr. Bush's, it is far from accomplished.   The Internet may be a convenient place to preach the truth, but I am aware that it is the congregating place of the choir.  My most gratifying accomplishments have occurred beyond the comfort of like minded people.
Saturday, at the vigil,  I met an ex coworker with whom I have had some email exchanges.
"Judy, thank you so much for sending me Loose Change, it is the talk of building C".   Charlotte, an ex coworker, was thanking me for sending her the link to Dylan Avery's remarkable video; a video that exposes the lies of the official story of what occurred on September 11, 2001.  Charlotte had been so deeply affected by the video that she had sent it to other coworkers.   A chain reaction had occurred and,  before long, the  building was filled with people who were understanding that 911 had been an inside job.  If this was occurring in a small county in upstate New York, could be occurring all over the world?
The 100th Monkey
A story about social change.
By Ken Keyes Jr.
The Japanese monkey, Macaca Fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. 
In 1952, on the island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkey liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but they found the dirt unpleasant.
An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists. Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known. Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes. Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.
By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them. The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!
But notice: A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea...Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.
But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!
From the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, Jr.
Copyright:2006  Judy Andreas



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