[act-ma] FW: ten-minute youtube video of Boston Veterans For Peace 11/11/07

James in Cambridge tompaine at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 12 18:08:11 PST 2007

       [For immediate viewing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YnwXHBxD9s] 
Hi folks, 

Congratulations to the Boston Veterans Day 18 for a great action today.  We stood peacefully with gags over our mouths and signs saying "American Legion SILENCES messages of peace from veterans". since they refused our request to have Iraq veteran Liam Madden speak.  18 of us were arrested by the Boston Police and charged with disturbing a public assembly, which we were definitely not doing.  We were completely silent and peaceful.  15 of the 18 are veterans and 3 of them are women.

Getting arrested along with 92 year old Paul Brailsford (who managed to get the plastic cuffs off in the police wagon!!), 80 something year old Sev Bruyn, 76 year old Tony Flaherty was a privilege that I have trouble expressing.  Seeing these guys in cuffs was just such an inspiration.

Amazingly enough we get the best media coverage from the local Fox affiliate.  Go figure.  Thanks to Paul Rifkin for the pictures below.

In the next day or so we will be figuring out how to fight this thing in court.  Stay tuned.

Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 of Veterans For Peace> Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 17:43:08 -0500> From: nateg at pobox.com> Subject: ten-minute youtube video of Boston Veterans For Peace 11/11/07> To: > > Please publicize this far and wide to your contacts. Apologies if > you receive multiple copies of this.> > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YnwXHBxD9s> > Nate> ---> > Nate Goldshlag nateg at pobox.com (replace at with @)> Arlington, MA http://www.pobox.com/~nateg> http://smedleyvfp.org> > "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials Source: ***Preceded by this, in the original:"Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship." "There is one difference," I pointed out. "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars." [*** His comments were made privately to Gustave Gilbert, a German-speaking intelligence officer and psychologist who was granted free access by the Allies to all the prisoners held in the Nuremberg jail. Gilbert kept a journal of his observations of the proceedings and his conversations with the prisoners, which he later published in the book Nuremberg Diary. The quote offered above was part of a conversation Gilbert held with a dejected Hermann Goering in his cell on the evening of 18 April 1946, as the trials were halted for a three-day Easter recess... (snopes.com)]
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