The First Virtual March Against the Bush War
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Dear Mr. Bush
Love created the universe.
Love is louder and more explosive than missiles,
more powerful than fear, more conquering than hate.
Love cannot be stopped, but you can be.
And you will be,
because I am coming to stop you with love.

February 26, 2003 - Virtual March:
Over a Million opponents around the Globe,
"Walk" a Virtual March against the War with Iraq.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of opponents of war against Iraq called and faxed U.S. leaders on Wednesday in a "virtual march on Washington," jamming the White House switchboard and many congressional telephone lines for several hours.

Coordinated by the Win Without War Coalition, an umbrella protest group, the action aimed to direct at least one telephone call and fax to every U.S. senator every minute throughout the day. Organizers said they were far exceeding that goal.

The White House switchboard was also flooded and most callers heard a message that "all circuits are busy." Tom Andrews, a former Democratic representative from Maine who is running the organization, said more than 500,000 people had signed up on the Internet to take part and a half a million more were also expected to participate without registering on the group's Web site (Moveon.org). "We have hundreds of thousands of calls and faxes that we know are going in. It's a first-of-its-kind protest and a tremendous success already," he said. "People are making their voices heard loud and clear -- don't invade and don't occupy Iraq."

The Web site had a running total of what it said was the number of calls placed. As of 5 p.m. EST the number was almost 400,000. The Web site was flashing the names of individual protesters above a map of the United States with quotes from e-mails sent to the headquarters and to lawmakers. Each comment included the name and hometown of the protester.

Some protesters themselves had difficulties getting through to their representatives. Molly Lanzarotta from Boston said she had to dial several times to get through to an answering service in the office of Democratic Sen. John Kerry, a leading presidential candidate for 2004.

Others tried for long periods but eventually gave up. Brian Fry tried to call from Cleveland but kept getting the message, "all circuits are busy." He said he would call his senators' local Ohio offices instead and try to get through to Washington again later on or the next day.

SET TIMES TO CALL


Activists were given set times to call. Chicago marketing executive Mary Rickard was supposed to call at 3:14 p.m, 3:19 p.m. and 3:24 p.m. The faxes from people who signed onto the Web site were also programmed to go out at set times.

Telephone calls placed from Reuters to various senators received busy signals at all but two offices. At Florida Democrat Bob Graham's office, a spokeswoman said they had received 400 calls in the first three hours of the day, well above the norm. Other senators also reported receiving many hundreds of calls, the small fraction that got through.

Andrews said the Internet had emerged as a key tool for the anti-war movement in organizing protests and instantly reaching tens of thousands of activists.

"It allows us to be in touch instantly with activists all around the country and the world. It's a tremendous democratic tool," he said.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions more in cities around the world have taken to the streets in a series of demonstrations over the past few weeks. However, the latest polls show a substantial but not overwhelming majority of American voters support President Bush on Iraq. Surveys suggest that around 35 to 40 percent of the electorate opposes the war.

A Time/CNN poll conducted on Feb. 19-20 found 54 percent said the United States should use military action to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. The number was down 5 points from two weeks before and at its lowest level since last November. Thirty-eight percent said they were opposed. Pollster Jennifer Laszlo, a Democrat who has recently conducted four focus groups, said support for the war was soft and opponents were far more intense in their views than many supporters.

"Republicans think this is America's war but Democrats more and more see it as Bush's war and they are getting more energized and more angry," Laszlo said.


Mr. Bush: I’m Coming for You with Love
by Robert Rabbin


Dear Mr. Bush,


Today is February 17th.
Yesterday I attended the peace rally at the Civic Center in San Francisco, along with about 250,000 other people, as diverse a group of human beings as could be found anywhere in the world. I wish you could have been there.

You were a central topic of conversation. Your picture was on wide display, though not always in the most flattering of ways. Had you been there, you would have heard many people denounce you for your foreign policy (and for your domestic policies as well). I do not denounce you.

You would have heard many people express their anger and outrage towards you and your administration. I am neither angry nor outraged.

You would have heard people criticize and condemn you for your implacable desire for war with Iraq. I do not criticize or condemn you.

Had you been there, you might have felt that many people hated you.

But I do not hate you—even though you stand alone, belligerent and defiant, against the United Nations, against the will and good judgment of the people of the United States, against the will and good judgment of the people of all nations in the world, against prudence, against reason, against the united voices of religious leaders who are the emissaries of wisdom, against every sacred impulse to preserve life...even though you stand alone against all of this I do not hate you.

I love you and I thank you, for you have shown me who is truly responsible and culpable for the current state of affairs. It is not you. Though it would be easy to make a case against you for bullying the world toward World War III, for threatening all prospects of a peaceful and prosperous future for our nation and for all nations, I will not do so.

You are not to blame. I am. This is what you have shown me, and for this I love you and thank you. You have awakened me to my own responsibility for these gathering storm clouds of misery and calamity.

You have taught me that when I should have been awake, I was asleep.
When I should have been involved, I was apathetic.
When I should have been paying attention, I was distracted.
When I should have been concerned, I was disinterested.
When I should have spoken up, I was silent.
When I should have been active, I was passive.
When I should have stood tall in the name of peace, I crouched meekly.
This is what you have taught me.

You have also reminded me of the central teaching of spiritual traditions and paths from around the world and throughout the history of wisdom and truth:
We are all One being, connected and interdependent, sharing the same soul of light and love.
From this view, which I have confirmed through personal experience, you are my own self. How can I blame you?
When I look at you, I see myself.

It is not a self I want to see.

When I see myself in you, I become ashamed, for I see how easily I forgot everything I learned in 30 years of spiritual study and practice.

When I see myself in you, I remember what it was like to have lost my living connection to love.

And I am reminded of how without love there is no empathy; and without empathy, there is no feeling; and without feeling, a person can send 800 cruise missiles into the cribs and carriages of young children whose names and faces do not exist except as pinpoints on a map, without feeling, a person can launch a horror the likes of which have never been seen on this Earth, a person can brush away all good and wise counsel with the brutal hand of military might married to arrogance and ignorance, one can justify unleashing a firestorm of death on a country, half of whose population is under 15 years of age.


Though your motives are clear and indisputable—revenge, imperialism, and profit—these are not the true cause of your intended actions. The true cause is that I have forgotten to live what I know; I have forgotten to love the world in real and telling ways.

And now I live as you. And though I speak to you, I am speaking to myself.

You have helped me remember that I am to live what I know, that I am to love the world in real and telling ways. You have helped me awaken from my apathy with a ferocious passion for life.

You have touched something deep within me, you have aroused something that is almost fearsome to behold—it is the power of love, too long forgotten and betrayed.

And I pray that never again will I forget or betray love.

And with this awakened and aroused passionate power of love I intend to stop you. So, I want you to know that I am coming for you, coming for that part of my own self still steeped in forgetfulness and ignorance. I am coming for you, but not with anger or hate or blame. I am coming for you with love.

I am going to bring you back into my greater Self, the one that could never, ever—not in a billion years—think up the things you have thought up.

I am coming for you.

One more thing. Do not underestimate the power of love. Do not add this mistake to the long and growing list of mistakes you have already made.

Do not think love is weak, or passive, or fearful.

Love created the universe.
Love is louder and more explosive than missiles,
more powerful than fear, more conquering than hate.
Love cannot be stopped, but you can be.
And you will be,
because I am coming to stop you with love.

(** We the people **)

© 2003/Robert Rabbin/All rights reserved Robert Rabbin is a life-long mystic, author, and catalyst for clarity who recently descended from the mountain peaks of transcendence.

He lives down here now, but with the view from above. Robert’s latest book is Igniting the Soul at Work: A Mandate for Mystics. http://www.robrabbin.com./


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