Excellent reporting by the Syrian Emergency Task Force. People often wonder what effect peaceful protests can have against violent dictators. What can a hunger strike do? What can standing in a square and waving a flag really do??
These are the weapons of peace. Implicit in their use is the idea that love is more powerful than hate. It assumes there are feelings of empathy capable even between strangers. In the words of President Obama: "I believe that we must develop alternatives to violence that are tough enough to actually change behavior." (Oslo)
Tough enough to change behavior. Staring down a tank in your Crocs. Are you that tough? Getting firehosed? Dogs let loose on you? Camels and whips? Buckshot? Are you tough enough to sit in the lunch counter at Woolworths? Because that is the kind of tough sort we need to bring peace to this world.