This Peacewarrior Supports the Troops

(“No, Frank. You’re supposed to lean backwards when you limbo.”)

I’m a Peacewarrior.

The term may seem like an oxymoron, but its not.

The ‘warrior’ part is necessary to differentiate from pure pacifists, in that Peacewarriors are willing to fight to promote peace. Not necessarily on the battlefield, but rather, in the ideological and political fields. It’s about winning hearts and minds, and making the vision of world peace so clear that others see it’s entirely possible.

Peacewarriors take a stand against oppression and injustice, even if it means risking personal attack. Peacewarriors are willing to be intellectually bold, keeping an open mind but not folding under pressure. Peacewarriors hold on to the dream of a better world, even when it means going against the flow.

As a Peacewarrior, I am not anti-soldier. They have a just purpose, filling a need within society: the combatant, the warrior, the protector. These roles haven’t become obsolete yet.

What I take issue with is those who sit at the helm of the war machine; those in charge of sending our boys and girls to fight and die. These entities have been exploiting our primal instincts, like prejudice and fear, to reap huge profits for themselves at tremendous costs to humankind. It is these war-profiteers who face my peacemongering scorn.

So, whether you are part of the military or you just support them, know that I too support the troops. That’s a big reason why I want to these senseless wars to end… so we can bring the troops home.

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