Peace Is Not Political

RECEIVED Mon., March 24, 2008

Dear Editor,
    I proudly marched in the Million Musician March for Peace and plan on doing it again in March 2009. I know I'm in a small minority, but not a minority of one, when I say shame on those who use the march to advance their political agendas. Peace is not political! War is political! How is war even possible without politics?
    Politics, partisan politics, and bipartisan politics were represented in signs for candidates, songs for specific political candidates, and on and on. For those who look at it as a protest march, that's valid in the sense that by being for peace is by default protesting against war. But being for peace isn't just being against the war (in Iraq) or a war (in Iran) but against all war. That's what being for peace is about. It's being against killing people. People for peace span the whole spectrum of political and nonpolitical beliefs, as well as religious and nonreligious belief. And so do people who are OK with war!
    Seriously, I want the names of the pacifists in Congress. I know there are some. Someone please write their names on the back of a postage stamp and send them to me. War is the lifeblood of government. Truth is the enemy of politics. War is the enemy of peace.
    I am very proud that so many out-of-towners – the musicians, fans, and industry folks here for South by Southwest – got to see the Austin community of musicians and peace activists at its finest. I hope it made a lasting impression.
Slim Richey
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