These sobering remarks by Daniel Ellsberg on the similarities and differences between Vietnam and Iraq were published twenty months ago, on June 3, 2005.[1]  --  Ellsberg explains why “it will be much harder and longer to get out of Iraq [than out of Vietnam].”  --  There is the question of oil, of course, but there is also the problem of political cowardice.  --  Ellsberg wrote:  “[H]undreds of thousands, and when we include the Vietnamese, millions, have died in the last century because American politicians were unwilling to be called names.  They were unwilling to face, however invalid, however ridiculous, the charge that they were weak, unmanly, cowardly, defeatist, losers, and whatnot.”  --  What is needed, Ellsberg said in June 2005, is “courage to say that we need to get out.  The courage to speak the truth.  That will save us and the Iraqis from the occupation.” ...


Burk Ketcham of United for Peace of Pierce County was in the streets of Tacoma the day after George W. Bush's Jan. 10 speech, in which he announced his intention to escalate the war in Iraq, despite the heavy snowfall that hit the Puget Sound region just after the president's speech.  --  He explains why in this haiku (not strictly obedient to the formal requirements of the genre, but Burk, like Jack Kerouac, adapts this Japanese poetic form to the American idiom).[1] ...


In Tacoma, WA, on New Year's Eve 2006, members of United for Peace of Pierce County and Veterans for Peace Chapter 134 of Tacoma gathered at Associated Ministries for a reading of the names of the 3,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen who have been killed in Iraq.  --  The reading lasted for two hours and forty-five minutes, from 6:15 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.  --  Maggie Kelly of Tacoma read the following poem, which she wrote for the occasion.[1]  --  Thanks to Maggie Kelly for permission to post....