LIFE IS LIKE A ROSE - BEAUTY AND THORNS
The image that will always stay with me about Satomi is the vigil she would hold each year during our Keep Space for Peace Week at the famous dome in Hiroshima that remains as a symbol of the U.S. nuclear bombing of her city at the end of WW II. She and friends always held the banner that read Keep Space for Peace, written in Japanese and English. Her presence there was a chilling reminder that creating new arms races have consequences, something she lived with every day in her beloved Hiroshima. We will miss her dearly but we will never forget her.
But life is like a rose. The beauty and the thorns. Just as we got the bad news about Satomi we got a loving e-mail from another one of our board members Tamara Lorincz in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Tamara has been a key activist in her country during the past couple of years of intense organizing to prevent Canada from joining the Bush Star Wars program. Tamara wrote today to thank the Global Network board members for their active support to our Canadian friends during their historic organizing effort. But all the credit really goes to the Canadian peace movement. When some thought it a certainty that the Canadian government would join Bush on "missile defense" the peace workers there dug deeper and pushed their government harder.
The Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin wanted to join on Star Wars with Bush. But he was stopped. The peace movement throughout Canada organized bigger protest events, more conferences, more speaking tours, media events, promoted more books and the like. But most importantly of all they were determined that Canada would not turn over its national sovereignty to the U.S. Neighbors and friends - yes. Underlings to the U. S.? Never! They've taught us all a lesson about determination, tenacity, outreach, and belief in a high ideal. They have inspired us all.
Today was indeed one filled with emotion. The tears still easily come as I write these words. They are tears of sorrow for a lost dear friend and tears of joy in seeing the positive outcome of hard work and fierce will power. Let us all remember these moments and be inspired by the examples of these lives.