Kauai Peace Meeting:
an evening of music, film, and discussion

16 September 2005- 8:00pm

by Linda Pascatore on 15 Spetember 2005

I recently attended the showing of the film, “Arlington West”. Arlington West is a project sponsored by Veteran’s for Peace. It consists of one cross for each American soldier killed in the Iraqui War, which is placed on the beach. The film consists of very moving interviews with the people who come to see the installation. For more on Arlington West, see:

The film was shown at the United Church of Christ in Hanapepe. The event opened with Warren Dastrup playing guitar and singing a great song he composed which was very appropro to the event:

MASS DECEPTION – by Warren Dastrup

My Minnesota cousin called, said, “Turn on CNN”
Annoyed, I answered groggily, “Out here it’s 4am”
So I clicked on Mr. Blitzer and couldn’t believe my eyes
Thick black smoke from the Twin Towers pouring over NY skies

The world watched on in horror yet united in one thing
With compassioned cries of sympathy from Berlin to Beijing
All men and women on the earth who long for liberty
Stood together in that time – oh what an opportunity!

Though we were stunned and angry, righteous wrath produced our plan
We would hunt down that bin Laden and throw out the Taliban
The perpetrators of this crime would soon be brought to justice
I stood behind the President as he asked the world to trust us

But we got bushwhacked on that trail, we got shot in the back
With weapons of mass deception, now we’re mired in Iraq
He squandered all the world’s good will with his pre-emptive war
I’m ashamed to be a part of this – I can’t take it anymore

And when Osama slipped away in the hills of Tora Bora
They needed someone else to blame – someone whose evil aura
Would mask their true intentions and Saddam was just their guy
So they linked him to al Qaeda – even though it was a lie

Now it’s clear that George and Dick and Donald had their plan
And if you doubt it, answer me this question, if you can
“If buried deep beneath the sand there were no reserves of oil
Would our sons and daughters blood be spilling on Iraqi soil?”

When I think of all of those who fell on nine-one-one
And imagine how they’d feel about what cowboy-bush has done
To exploit their calamity – I’m sure they’d want to shout
That it’s time to take our country back, let’s vote the scoundrels out

But we got bushwhacked on that trail, we got shot in the back
With weapons of mass deception, now we’re mired in Iraq
He squandered all the world’s good will with his pre-emptive war
I’m ashamed to be a part of this – I can’t take it anymore

So we stood there at the crossroads of travesty and truth
With a chance to restore justice through the power of the polling booth
But this proud nation failed the world, gave in to greed and fears
Now we’ve lost our moral compass, because we gave ‘em four more years

We got bushwhacked on that trail, we got shot in the back
With weapons of mass deception, now we’re mired in Iraq
So those of us who stand for truth must make our voices roar
Like thunder from the mountain-tops, through each and every door
That this military madness is not sanctioned “under god”
But by an ignorant and zealous lot that are nothing but a fraud

Editor's Note:
Warren Dastrup has lived on Kauai for the past eleven years with his wife,
Wendy and daughter, Kara. Besides his love of singing and song
writing, he is an early childhood educator, a market research
consultant, and a coordinator for the Kauai Community Mental Health
Center. He also has a serious basketball addiction. Warren served in
the US Army in Berlin and loves America but is deeply dismayed at what
is going on in Iraq.

Besides the film Arlington West, a major topic of discussion was the provision in the No Child Left Behind Act which allows public school student’s contact information with military recruiters. Currently, the law requires that the info is shared unless the parents “opt out”. There is new legislation, the Student Privacy Protection Act of 2005 (HR 551) which prohibits military recruiters from contacting students unless these minors and their parents specificcally “Opt In” and consent to receive such communications. For more information on this issue, check out Leave My Child Alone at:




Arlington West: Hanapepe film showing and Potluck

7 September 2005- 10:00pm

14 December 2003 there were 455 candles photographed by Ed Rincon

Arlington West film to be shown on Sunday, September 11 in Hanapepe

The Kauai Peace Ohana will sponsor a community showing of the DVD ARLINGTON WEST produced by the California Veterans for Peace, and a Potluck Dinner on
Sunday, September 11th. This community event was scheduled in memory of the national tragedy of 9/11. Mina Morita will appear with other community leaders for a discussion following the showing of the film  "Arlington  West". The film, produced by the California Veterans for Peace, is a memorial event on two southern  California beaches, which feature crosses for each American soldier killed in Iraq. We  want to stimulate awareness of the war and it's tragic results in the lives of our young people, their families and our community.
A potluck dinner will start at 5 with the film showing at 6 to be followed by the panel and community discussion at 7.
We will be gathering at the Hanapepe United  Church of Christ, across the highway  from the Hanapepe Fire Station and across the street from the Hanapepe Public Library.
Please join us in  our conversations about peace in our community.   
Mary Stone
(808) 332-7447


Kauai Peace Ohana Update

It’s been some time since we connected at International Woman's Day, March
12, 2005. Thank you for your support and participation. We hope to pursue
this event again. We received a resolution from Council Woman JoAnn Yukimura
commemorating the date and recognizing the Kauai Peace Ohana. It's a
positive sign when the local political body pays us this attention.

Though it seems quiet on the island as far as Peace Activism goes, the Kauai
Peace Ohana has been focusing another event, the viewing of Arlington West detailed in the previous article.


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