Editorial by Counter Current News contributor Cindy Sheehan
“There is Never any Excuse for Violence”
The deep irony is that this man is the figurehead of the most violent, racist, and deadly empire in the history of our planet.
What he said was, “There is never any excuse for violence,” but what he meant was, “there is never any excuse for violence from oppressed or occupied people—I, however, can bomb people, torture people, assassinate people without trials, spy on people AND shoot your kids down in the streets.”
In my opinion, the burden of “peace” is not on the shoulders of oppressed or occupied people. It is a human right to defend ourselves and our loved ones.
Obama also said, “the police put their lives on the line for us everyday.” Really? I don’t see an epidemic of cops being killed, but I sure see a huge rise in cops murdering people with virtual impunity.
Of course, we do live in a violent society from the top on down. War and violence is the first response from the top and cops are being given clear permission again and again to respond with lethal force when non-deadly forms of apprehension are used on mostly white criminals.
In Ferguson, protesters may be throwing bottles and breaking windows, but I am viewing heavy armored personnel and vehicles moving through the streets of Ferguson and are attacking the protesters with tear gas and threats of deadly warfare.
The doublespeak of Empire is nauseating and Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and Soapbox People’s Network are providing an opportunity to go to DC in March to let Obama know that we think that police state violence is totally unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.
Justice for Michael Brown and all victims of police state and imperial violence!
Author Bio: Cindy Sheehan came to be known as “The Peace Mom” after her stand outside of George W. Bush’s ranch in 2005. Camp Casey was the catalyst that sparked the Peace Movement to action against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently Cindy is the Host of a weekly podcast, Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and Editor in Chief of the Online News Source, The Soapbox Peoples Network.