I’m a student of the Holocaust, about which there are many myths. Perhaps the most common and the most pernicious is the myth that, if we were around when people were rounding up Jews for murder — or Muslims or African Americans or illegal immigrants — we would do something about it.
Standing up to the state when it commits a crime is a fearsome endeavor. We don’t want to go to jail, lose our jobs, suffer loss of face.
Yet our society honors the civil disobedience that shaped our moral identity: the Boston Tea Party, the Underground Railroad, the Suffragettes.
Is there a time when you would break the law to stop a crime by the state? What kind of crime would it be?
For me and a small group of others, the time is 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, when we begin a sit-in at the office of U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot. Our one demand is that he sign the Congressional Declaration of Peace, which would require the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by March 20, 2007, the fourth anniversary of the war.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq was a crime, and we must end the killing that we started four years ago.
If you would like to support our effort, go to Chabot’s office at the Carew Tower at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Other peace supporters will be gathering in front of the building. You don’t have to break the law. Just stand in support of the peace movement. Together we can stop this war.