Friday, December 08, 2006
BUSH LIBRARY PROTEST 12/06/06
Waco Friends of Peace sponsored a protest of a meeting that promoted the goal of locating the G.W. Bush library at Baylor University in Waco. Baylor University, the Waco Tribune-Herald and local businesspeople have been actively pursuing the library in hopes of building tourism and prestige for the city. And yes, some economic benefit might derive to Waco from having the Bush library here, including to some members of FOP. But we feel there is a higher good than money, and that opposing the library is a matter of conscience. We reject a monument that would glorify the Bush legacy. A legacy of the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq (a war crime by international standards), lies and deception that placed us in that quagmire, the resultant deaths of almost 3000 Americans and 650,000 Iraqi civilians, the estimated ultimate cost of 1 trillion $$, torture, illegal surveillance, abuse of the US Constitution, environmental damage, and opposition to equal protection for all citizens (gays and lesbians).
The lecture was given at the Lee Lockwood Library on Waco Drive at 11:45a.m. About 10 of our members and other peace activists were there at the entrance as attendees arrived. An alternative viewpoint was clearly presented to those supporting the Bush library project. The "HONKS" from passing cars (see photo above) were nearly a constant symphony.
One courageous activist found his way inside the lecture carrying a sign that read "No War Crimes Library." He stayed throughout the lecture, his peaceful and polite demeanor adding to his stunning visual statement. Thanks to Carl for his efforts and for all the other activists who took their time to speak truth to power.
At one point we were threatened with sprinklers in an attempt to silence our voices but we persisted to ask the question: Does Waco really want another black eye--the presidential library of the worst president in US history, one likely to be impeached and removed from office?