framed for the public. Because Congress decides next week whether or not to authorize military action,
The biggest challenge for us now is finding succinct ways to say that in
ways our leaders can hear. Americans always like "to do things better." Already there are a lot of detailed, well-researched proposals for how to better enforce international law re this particular use of poison gas. See fcnl.org/r/E/Mjk0NjA0/N" for a one page handout in simple
language, and the home page at http://www.fcnl.org for in-depth alternatives, plus tools for lobbying, op-ed writing and so on.
that level, "better" should also include the
in civilian-led law and order, aren't we? No other countries or peoples in
the world approve of poison gas. So far the world is with us, and it is time for Mr. Obama to listen to the people of the world about what to do next. The moment Dwight D. Eisenhower predicted has come. He said," I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of their way and let them have it."
I know President Obama has just said he has heard about alternatives, and they don't impress him. But maybe he and our Congress need to hear again what we have to say:
We can do
better than bombs! Change course, Mr. Obama!
- Change course, Mr. Obama! Bombs backfire!