Sometimes the words peace and justice seem like a thick soup made by too many cooks—where’s the beef? And what do people mean when they use these words?
Often I hear words like “finding ways to work for peace and improve the world,” which then never mentions that we’re in an eternal war; that we continually adjust to injustice out of a morbid fear of terrorism. In the end, the real agenda is “to help people become ever more adjusted to a militaristic world gone mad.” This violates the first principle of peace, which is authenticity; finding out the truth.
Often there are well-meaning people who fall into the trap of believing that cultivating an inner state of peacefulness first will bring you to a state of activism later. Ultimate reality is a deeper awareness of the value and spirit of love which moves to act against injustices. Activism is messy; non-violent action is a tool of resistance, not conciliation.
Terri worked many long hours against the Kaneohe Marine Base’s plan to base 24 MV-22 Osprey aircraft (a dangerous helicopter/airplane hybrid with a long accident report) and 24 Hueys/Cobras at the Kaneohe Marine Corp Air-station, with their additional 2,000 personnel and dependents. As usual, the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) and NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) seems to have completed without enough notice or time for careful community review. The more recent news that Obama is planning to deploy an additional 2,700 military from Okinawa to Hawai’i (not including dependents and support personnel) makes the effort more challenging and more urgent. After weekly sessions with the military, each one more discouraging than the last, Terri is working with OHA to try to hold an inter-island meeting on the subject. The next step is to inform the affected communities. Do they want this military build-up, noise, pollution and dangerous aircraft in their neighborhood?
The U.S. is expanding its training in Waimanalo, Kaneohe, Pohakuloa, Upolu, Kahuku, Nohili, and Kalaupapa. As part of a political struggle against China for natural resources, the U.S. is expanding its military presence in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific. Get involved!