Fayetteville, AR – On Friday March 19, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of the Fayetteville Town Center at 15 West Mountain Street, U.S. Senate candidate John Gray will lead a Peace Prayer rally to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Iraq War. There will also be wonderful socially conscious folk music by Still on the Hill, and perhaps others as well.
The purpose of this peace rally is to raise awareness about the ongoing imperative to end the Iraq War and all wars immediately. Given the extreme economic conditions America is facing, it is an urgent matter of national security that the trillions of dollars being wasted for Middle East wars be rapidly diverted to more intelligent investment. War is one of the worst economic investments a nation can make, and spending instead on jobs, education, healthcare, transportation and clean energy infrastructure here at home would be far wiser uses for taxpayer money.
Additionally, the Middle East wars are making us less safe for other reasons as well. One of the causes of terrorism is the American government’s violent foreign policy history in the region, and the violent occupations are exacerbating the problem, not solving it. We are actually creating far more hatred and terrorists than existed prior to the wars, and ending the wars will stem the tide of anti-American hatred and help us all move toward peace.
John Gray for U.S. Senate Campaign Assistant