March 20, 2008, is the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq. The human cost of war is always beyond comprehension. The enormity of the financial cost of the war in Iraq, noted by Barry in a recent post, leaves me stunned.
What I can grasp, however, is the importance of keeping the spirit of nonviolence alive and strong – even here in Aotearoa New Zealand, so far from the devastation in the Middle East. And, perhaps, especially here in Aotearoa New Zealand, where the visionary Te Whiti o Rongomai and his people opposed colonisation by ploughing and planting expropriated land, and met invading forces with song and gifts of food.