We extend an invitation to our Davis neighbors to join us at the Saturday Peace Vigil that is held every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. We have held this event for 12 years on Saturdays since Dec. 8, 2001, holding a banner with a dove on it and displaying signs that announce: War Is Not The Answer.
It saddens us that our country’s leadership takes us into war and then calls it patriotic. War is big business in which some companies reap huge profits at the expense of human deaths, maimed bodies and the destruction of the environment in other lands.
In “War is a Racket,” first published in 1935 and then again in 2005, Gen. Smedly G. Butler, a highly decorated man serving in the Marines for 33 years, explains how war is a racket, who makes the profits, who pays the bills and how to get rid of the racket. From a speech he gave in 1933 we read:
“In the World War (I) a mere handful garnered the profits of the conflict. At least 21,000 new millionaires and billionaires were made in the United States during the World War. That many admitted their huge blood gains in their income tax returns. How many other war millionaires falsified their tax returns no one knows.” (Please note these are 1935 U.S. dollars. To adjust for inflation, multiply all figures x 15 or more; www.wanttoknow.info.)
We at the vigil know that there are better ways of living than preparing and practicing war. If you, too, would like to stand for peace, we would be pleased to have you.
Marilee and Jim Eusebio, Ted and Paula Neff, Merline Williams, Linda Clark, Stephan Lorenzato, Stuart Pettygrove, Glen Erickson, Claudette Cervinka, Kary Shender and Milt and Merry Johnson