One of the great stories of the 1980s to be obscured by the success of civil society organizations like Solidarity in Poland and Civic Forum in Czechoslovakia was the rise of an independent peace movement in a region dominated by official peace councils.
Of all America's wars over the past century, only World War II has retained mass public approval. In almost all cases, Americans turned against wars they once supported. How should one explain this pattern of disillusionment?
The largest antiwar movement ever to protest a war that had yet to happen had just packed its tents and gone home in despair, while George W. Bush and his top officials were in their “mission accomplished” triumphalist mode.
Some simply dismissed the proclamation as the Democratic presidential campaign platform. Others said that they would be willing to sign it if the savings on military programs were not re-channeled to domestic social programs.
Before her death in 2006, in preparation for a new biography, Coretta King met many times with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, one of the founding editors of USA Today. I recently interviewed Dr. Reynolds on her time with Mrs. King.
We have spent too many centuries tolerating a limited and limiting narrative of war. The desire for a new dialogue on war and peace is not limited by one's personal politics -- peace doesn't have a side, or a color or a race.
It was seven years ago that I found myself running the wrong way up Sixth Avenue with my high school sweetheart. Through the rain we ran, with peace on our lips. New York's Finest were running after us, as they had a way of doing with pesky antiwar protesters.