Department of Peace? Sounds good to me.

I think war memorials are a good way to honor our veterans, and I think our memorial park in SF is pretty nice, but seriously, what kind of memorials do we build for people who support peace?

Sister Crowley (an amazing advocate of peace and the disadvantaged) wrote an incredible letter to the editor today;

Why do we continue to live with the myth that the way to peace is to go to war? Through the centuries, whole generations have been destroyed by waging wars. World leaders must learn to sit across the table from one another and negotiate differences diplomatically. It is childish to use arms to settle disputes. War is one of the greatest tragedies of our time.

Below is a toon I did about the 50th anniversary of the Peace symbol.


#1 Angry Guy on 11.28.08 at 7:43 am

Damn hippies.
Don’t you know war is good for the economy?

#2 Peaceful Guy on 11.28.08 at 10:03 am

We need to develop ways to make peacebuilding good for the economy. Green jobs, for example, and teaching nonviolent conflict resolution. But how do we re-tool the “defense” industry?

For more about the on-going campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace, check out The Peace Alliance.

Also check out to see what’s being done to create a memorial to peacebuilders.

#3 l3wis on 11.28.08 at 10:41 am

“Don’t you know war is good for the economy”

Yeah, like Hemmoroids are good for bowel movement.

#4 Ghost of Dude on 12.01.08 at 9:39 am

Departmrent of Peace, eh?

Have you ever read 1984?

#5 l3wis on 12.01.08 at 10:04 am

I think it should be the department of diplomacy instead.

#6 Ghost of Dude on 12.01.08 at 10:17 am

Or how about “The Department of State”?

#7 l3wis on 12.01.08 at 12:13 pm

State Department?

#8 Ghost of Dude on 12.01.08 at 2:06 pm

Aren’t they in charge of diplomacy? Seems a bit redundant to have two departments in charge of diplomacy.

#9 l3wis on 12.01.08 at 2:41 pm

I think we have too many departments as is.

#10 Ghost of Dude on 12.01.08 at 3:24 pm

Homeland security needs to be trimmed way down and merged with defense. There’s one easy fix.