There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.
—Martin Luther King Jr.
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I am quoting Dr. King for the next 50 weeks to honor him. Everything else he did is important, but we must always honor him for the man he was as well as the movement he led.
It was just over two weeks ago that many of us commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington.
Many lauded President Obama’s speech. I had my doubts whether Dr. King would have permitted any sitting president to stand at the podium.
A “march on” is exactly that — not a we’re-all-in-this-boat-together moment. President Obama represents the end of the line, where the buck stops, as opposed to those who are leading the charge and carrying the banners of injustice.
As I write this column, Mr. Obama has been beating the drums of war.
Not because this country was attacked but because Syria, a sovereign nation going through internal strife via a civil war, has allegedly used chemical weapons on her own people. Just like in this country, the buck stops at the highest office. Thus Obama has placed the blame directly at the feet of President Assad.
In this country, a lot of us know that Obama’s inability to get things done has been directly linked to a Congress that isn’t willing to work with him.
Yet Obama only wants to blame Assad, as if there aren’t any other forces within Syria that could have been responsible for the atrocity.
As Dr. King once said, “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Ever since Barack Obama came on the political stage, many have lauded him as if he were the second coming of Dr. King. Even the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to him. The 2009 prize was awarded to Barack H. Obama “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples” just 12 days into his first term.
One has to wonder, as you compare Dr. King’s non-violent movement to the current war cries of President Obama, if it was fair and correct to give a “peace prize,” knowing that he had his entire presidency in front of him as well as having the button for nuclear war at his fingertips.
I am hoping and praying that Obama’s call for Congress to authorize a strike is his “honorable” way out of the mess that he is in. Syria’s best friend is Russia and though that country no longer consists of all the countries that the U.S.S.R once comprised, it still has nuclear weaponry.
Where is all that “international diplomacy” for which he got the Nobel Peace Prize?
Just asking that question can upset the president’s die-hard supporters. They blindly support him in regards to anything he says or wants to do.
They are no better or different than the folks who used to wave the American flag and support former President George W. Bush when he too sounded the war drums and got us into the mess in Iraq.
Everyone who wants to march to the war drums needs to have something to lose on the line.
There is no such thing as a war without victims. It makes no sense to want to kill even more because someone did some killing to begin with.
I’ll sum up this entire Syria debacle with two more quotes from Dr. King: “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” and if you are one who moans that Obama has the right to do it, “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”