So, we are in the "post-war Iraq" world ( not that people still aren't dying or coming home scarred for life, but I digress...) and Bush has basically gotten most everything his way. So, where does that leave those who opposed the current administration's policies? Minimalized? Probably.
English.aljazeera.net have wrapped up their special coverage in advance of the release of the official English website, and perhaps there is a lesson to that. Is it time to forget the issue and move on? Hardly. Those who opposed an unlawful war were right before and during the war, and we're still right now. However, it may be time to shift the attention elsewhere -- we need to use our strengths against their weaknesses.
For me, this means cultivating friends, building communities, and working towards the creation of a modern American society that moves beyond the old, outmoded ideas that are the basis for the Bush administration's support.
It's time we find effective ways to fight racism, bigotry, and discrimination... again. Conversely, it's also time to give voice to tolerance and compassion, and to defend love and family, even if the families or lovers that we might defend aren't the same ones that the Bush administration would try to defend.
Everyone has their own circle, their own community... and yes, I know that a lot of you run in circles which are very open and very accepting, and often very social and active. That's great, because it gives you a solid core to work from with a great deal of shared knowledge, culture, acceptance, and wisdom... but have you considered how your circle of friends or community could positively influence or reach out to others and help to change society?
Bush can try to control a whole lot of things, but it would be very hard for him to control our ability to effect this nation's culture. We need to move forward with joy, love, and acceptance to transform society... not through direct confrontation, but through a confrontation of a thousand kindnesses. We need to try to change the society underneath the Bush administration, ideally making it clear just how outmoded their values are.
So go out there, make new friends, open your lives to them, share your values, and urge them to register to vote... it's a good start to fighting the powers that be.