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From yet another anti-war site, Not In Our Name:

The Pledge of Resistance

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government,
in our names

As a human being, I have a responsibility to resist injustices by any government.

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions
of blood for oil

The notion that this is all about oil is a tired cliche. No, I don't want my country to wage endless war for oil. But I do support my government in doing the ugly, thankless job of finally enforcing a decade of empty resolutions from the international community, and in preventing a madman from acquiring a nuclear arsenal.

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless

In my name, I want my country to do what's right. I don't think any decent American wants innocents to die, but I honestly believe that if Hussein is allowed to continue weapons development unfettered, the toll of innocents will be orders of magnitude higher than if we act now.

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for

I don't think increasing the ability to wiretap foreign nationals is eroding the freedoms of law-abiding citizens or those who visit or live in the United States. What are all these freedoms that are eroding before our eyes?

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil

Now this one I agree with 100% (if they're talking about military aid to other countries). We shouldn't ever supply or sell weaponry to another country, even our allies. Otherwise, I don't think a stated goal of our military is to "annihilate families". This is an insult to our military leadership.

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us

Who's trying to? You've got your own domain name and a website. Looks like you're doing fine. Who exactly are you afraid of?

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed evil

And who the hell has done this? Even from the most vociferous proponent of military action against Iraq, I've never heard anything remotely resembling "The people of Iraq are evil." Oh, are they talking about the "Axis of Evil"? Well, News Flash: some governments are evil. They commit wholesale atrocities against their neighbors and their own citizenry. They traffic in torture and terror. To deny this, to look the other way, or to try to morally equate it to the functioning of free democratic countries is staggeringly repugnant and idiotic.

Not by our will
and Not in our name

We pledge resistance

Well I for one pledge support, in my name.

We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity

Who are they talking about? Disagreeing with somebody isn't attacking them. Who in the anti-war movement has been attacked, for voicing opposition to the war, or for their religion or ethnicity?

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice,
freedom and peace

A noble goal. And how, I wonder, do they plan to do so?

Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real.

Pledges are nothing but hollow words unless they're acted upon. What do you plan to do?

I wish we lived in a world where tyranny didn't exist. But that's a bullshit pipe dream. Tyranny exists, and if we don't stand up to it, history shows that many more people suffer and die for our weakness and lack of fortitude.

In the process, we need to be careful that we don't become what we're trying to stop. That's why dissent and a plurality of views is a wonderful, necessary thing. But it doesn't mean I have to agree with it.

I don't want to live in a world where every other country has nuclear weapons, and they're all pointed at one another. And if my country has to use force to make sure that a megalomanical madman isn't the next kid on the block to acquire them, I want them to do so.

And I sure as hell don't mind them doing it in my name.

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