Is the peace movement extinct?
My decision to tune out the news for a few weeks has been a fruitful one. Instead of fuming over various "hot takes" or arguing in comment sections, my China project has been moving at its fastest pace since December. At this point, it's a given that it will be longer than Long Live Death, but even if it equals my longest book, I'm at least halfway there.
All of which is to say that I haven't tuned out the news entirely, and one thing I've noticed is the complete absence of any kind of peace movement. With the exception of the Catholic Church and other religious leaders, everyone seems to be demanding that the combat become fiercer and bloodier.
I've never seen anything like it.
All my life there have been vocal and high-profile politicians and activists whose response to any form of violence has been to call for immediate cease-fires and negotiations. Again, I'm not following this closely, but even my cursory glances would have noticed something. Where are the streets-filling "peace marches?"
I don't think a single interventionist has been denounced as a war monger or had their office occupied by protestors.
Did all those people change their minds? Is violence now the answer?
I'd love to talk with someone who carried a "no blood for oil" sign and find out what they think.
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