Brave New Films/Rethink Afghanistan – 2011-01-17 23:15:17
Martin Luther King, Jr.:
“I Have a Dream…To Go to War?!”
The Pentagon sank to a new low this week in their attempt to sell the Afghanistan War to the American people. At their Martin Luther King, Jr., Day observance, a Pentagon official actually claimed that if King were alive today, he might support the war.
This is simply not true. As shown in our new video, Dr. King could not have been more clear in his 1967 speech denouncing the Vietnam War:
“A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war: ‘This way of settling differences is not just…. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.'”
More than 10,000 people died in the Afghanistan War last year alone. This year, the government plans to spend $107 billion on the war. We believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would repeat his admonition to US policymakers on their responsibility:
“I speak as one who loves America…The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.”
Martin Luther King, Jr., was a national hero who called on us to have the moral courage to stop another war that wasnâ€™t making us safer and that wasnâ€™t worth the cost. Help us fight the Pentagon lies. Spread the truth by sharing this video with your family and friends.
Derrick Crowe, Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Foundation team