This blog offers an Australian perspective on faith, religion and spirituality. It invites you to join the joys and hope, the grief and anguish of a middle aged Aussie Catholic.
The material reflects my interest in global as well as local issues.My perspective is probably more quirky than orthodox.
years ago the Prophet Isaiah wrote about a time to come when people would learn
war no more, when they would beat swords into ploughshares and spears into
In 1980 eight
US Christians entered a GE Nuclear weapons factory in Pennsylvania and hammered
on the unarmed nosecones of missiles waiting to be assembled. They claimed they
were there to enflesh the words of Isaiah. They were not waiting for
governments to end their addiction to violence. Since then there have been over
100 such “ploughshares” actions.
In 2011, BryanLaw, assisted by Graeme Dunstan, struck a Tiger attack helicopter with a garden
mattock and put it out of action for several months. They too claimed they were
(symbolically) beating swords into ploughshares.
August, Graeme Dunstan will face a jury trial on a charge of wilful damage for
his part in the action. He will be in the dock alone because Bryan Law died of
heart failure while preparing for the trial.
will not be pleading guilty to any crime. The real criminals, as in Isaiah’s
day or now, are those who would make war on the innocents.
helicopter which Bryan disarmed is similar in design and identical in purpose
to the US Apache helicopter made infamous by the Collateral Murder video : http://collateralmurder.com/
If you haven’t seen it you need to.
On the same
website you can see a talk by US soldier Ethan McCord. He saved two children
who miraculously survived the massacre depicted in the video. He said such war
crimes were a daily occurrence in Iraq. No doubt in Afghanistan as well.
was arrested and tortured for his role in releasing this video and copious
other documents, many exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. Julian
Assange is in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London unable to leave because of his
role in disseminating that information.
is seeking to expose the real crimes going on in Australia’s name. These
include the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan and also
the extra judicial killings of the drone war which Australia’s Pine Gap has
been integral. Media Release 16 August 2013 Facebook Page Ploughshares Trial