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    Everyday, candle in hand, I make a pilgrimage to this diary to bear witness to that which is being done in our names.  It is my way of imitating the work of A. J. Muste during the Vietnam War.  There are many versions of this story about him, but all agree on the basics.

    Muste is said to have stood outside the White House with a lit candle night after night after night in protest of the war.  Once, on a cold and wet December evening, a reporter stopped to talk.  "Mr. Muste," the reporter said, "do you really think you are going to change the policies of this country by standing out here every night with a candle?" Muste responded, "Oh, I don't do this to change the country. I do this so the country won't change me."

    I don't always post a comment, but I am here, with my candle, witnessing, resisting the forces that want me to change.  Thank you for the opportunity for such a meaningful daily vigil.

    War is not the answer.  Blessed be.


    by Morrigan on Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 09:48:40 AM PST

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