As I write this our dear friends Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed of the Transform Now Plowshares are in the thick of the second day of their trial in Federal District Court in Knoxville, Tennessee. Yesterday was jury selection. Today they get down to the real business at hand.
Bix travelled back to Knoxville to be with them, and based on the photo I saw of him whooping it up with Sr. Megan during yesterday’s street celebration, it should be quite a week.
This trial is NOT – although one might not know it from nearly any of the media coverage – about lax security at a major nuclear weapons production facility (although one might ask questions about that).
- It is about the total lack of security provided by the continued pursuit of nuclear weapons.
- It is about the fundamental immorality of weapons that kill indiscriminately and on a massive scale, and leave a continuous trail of death far into subsequent generations.
- It is about the fact that it is impossible for nuclear weapons and true human security to co-exist. Nuclear weapons are against all that is human, and do not fit within any moral framework.
- It is about why the United States continues to consider itself above our own laws, international humanitarian law and treaty obligations.
- It is about asking questions such as how does the continuing buildup (by the US) of its nuclear weapons infrastructure along with the production of new weapons systems (example: the new generation of ballistic missile submarines in research and development) move us towards a nuclear weapons free world???
- It is about whether we will we choose to base our nation (and our world) on a culture of peace or a culture of violence? And nuclear weapons are truly the taproot of violence.
The Transform Now Plowshares has a website/blog where you can keep up with trial developments on a daily basis. While you’re at the blog you can sign up (see the upper right hand column) to get updates by email.
Let’s hold Greg, Megan and Michael and all who support them through their trial in our thoughts and prayers this week and beyond.
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