In 1967 at Riverside Church, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the sermon and speech, Beyond Vietnam: Time to Break Silence, and addressed three of America's demons; racism, materialism and militarism.
He called our government; "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today" and "the war in Vietnam is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit."
person of faith, King knew the power that was within and that, "there is
nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our
priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit
King knew that the only hope for real change ""lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism"The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history."
Two years ago, Israeli President Shimon Peres invited Bono to attend a conference in Israel marking Israel's 60th Anniversary and to honor its contributions in medicine, science, and conservation.
Bono didn't make that trip, but this summer he is scheduled to perform in Israel.
In a recent New York Times op-ed, Bono wrote of his hope "that the regimes in North Korea, Myanmar and elsewhere are taking note of the trouble an aroused citizenry can give to tyrants."
Bono wrote of his hope that "people in places filled with rage and despair, places like the Palestinian territories, will in the days ahead find among them their Gandhi, their King, their Aung San Suu Kyi."
Bono is apparently clueless that an "aroused citizenry" of people of conscience have already responded to the tyranny of Israel's military occupation and apartheid practices by joining the Palestinian civil society's call for NONVIOLENT Boycotts, Divestments, and Sanctions against Israel until they change their undemocratic behavior.
Bono is apparently also unaware of the thousands of NONVIOLENT resisters to the Israeli occupation who have been imprisoned by Israel without charges or trials.
And so, to commemorate Martin Luther King Day 2010, I spin what King might say to Bono:
In 1985, you joined forces with a group of artists concerned about Apartheid in South Africa and were inspired by your meetings with several of them, to write "Silver and Gold"U2 - Freedom For My People/Silver And Gold (Rattle and Hum)
Yep, silver and gold.
This song was written in a hotel room in New York City.
'Round about the time a friend or ours, little Steven,
was putting together a record of artists against apartheid.
This is a song written about a man in a shanty town outside of Johannesburg.
A man who's sick of looking down the barrel of white South Africa.
A man who is at the point where he is ready to take up arms against his oppressor.
A man who has lost faith in the peacemakers of the west while
they argue and while they fail to support a man like bishop Tutu
and his request for economic sanctions against South Africa.
Am I buggin' you?
I mean to bug you Bono, because the only way to break this monster's back is by first understanding WHY it is Apartheid in the 'Holy' Land!
In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled that Israel's Wall is a violation of International Law because it cuts through the West Bank appropriating Palestinian land and destroying Palestinian villages and economy to make way for Jewish only colonies, which are been spun as neighborhoods by limp media and colluding governments.