It was MLK Jr's Day on Monday and February is "Black History" month. I always found the concept of celebrating the history of minority within a nation very refreshing. Can you imagine a "Fevrier: mois de l'immigration" in France ? Wouldn't that stir up quite a storm ? I know it is not the same situation or the same historical root but I would still love to see it happen. Sadly, I cannot imagine any of the current presidential candidates having the fortitude to pull off such an act of bravery (also known as political sucide) ;)
Anyway, I wanted to share this not-so-well-known speech by MLK Jr 40 years ago and how it is strangely very relevant to the situation in Iraq today.
MLK Jr, april, 1967
"I speak now not of the soldiers of each side, not of the junta in Saigon, but simply of the people who have been living under the curse of war for almost three continuous decades now. I think of them too because it is clear to me that there will be no meaningful solution there until some attempt is made to know them and hear their broken cries[..] They must see Americans as strange liberators.[...] we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long. [..] The only change came from America as we increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept and without popular support. [...] They watch as we poison their water, as we kill a million acres of their crops.[...] They see the children, degraded by our soldiers as they beg for food. They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers, soliciting for their mothers. [..] We have destroyed their two most cherished institutions: the family and the village.
Here is the true meaning and value of compassion and nonviolence when it helps us to see the enemy’s point of view, we may learn and grow and profit from the wisdom of the brothers who are called the opposition. [..] Perhaps only his sense of humor and of irony can save him when he hears the most powerful nation of the world speaking of aggression as it drops thousands of bombs on a poor weak nation more than eight thousand miles away from its shores."
Via Tony Karon
I guess we never really learn.
Alors, Fevrier "mois de l'immigration" ? ;)