Charges have been dropped against those of us who have been demonstrating against drone warfare at Beale Air Force Base. I had been summoned to appear in federal court on March 8 with thirteen others for crossing onto Beale in an act of nonviolent resistance to US drone attacks. Here is a video of me speaking about the links between the US military and climate change after crossing the line onto the base last December.
Beale is in Northern California, just 45 minutes from my front door. It is home of the Global Hawk Drone, a surveillance drone that identifies targets for armed Predator and Reaper drones, which maim and kill thousands of civilians, including children, thousands of miles away. Meanwhile, our “pilots” sit in their air-conditioned computer rooms, in safety. This is the perfect metaphor for US imperialism today.
How does this look to people around the world? Drones help terrorists recruit more terrorists, creating an unending cycle of violence.
How does it look to God? Surely God weeps–for the drone victims and for the drone pilots with PTSD. “Surely God has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.”
I weep, too, for the children and families and for this country that largely supports drone warfare, in spite of its immorality. As a follower of the Prince of Peace, I must publicly decry such violence, or stand as complicit myself.
In this season of Lent, I repent for my participation in the system of global domination, from which I benefit as a US citizen. I repent for the extraordinary harm caused by our drones and other advanced weapons. I relinquish all claims of privilege and cast my lot with the poor, oppressed, and vulnerable of the earth, as Jesus did.
We’ll be back at Beale on Monday and Tuesday, on March 7 and 8, this time with Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. Go to the Occupy Beale Facebook page event for details.
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