Opposing the war machine
Re Dean Jackson's Jan. 24 response to City Paper's article on Pittsburgh Organizing Group's plans to blockade the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC):
Jackson's opposition to the action centered on three arguments: POG should protest "something productive" such as "the army recruiter who visits our high schools"; NREC develops and produces more than just warfare robotics; and the production of more efficient killing machines will, in fact, save lives.
For four years POG has been visiting high schools, protesting outside the Oakland recruiting station, traveling to protest our "leaders" in D.C., shutting down recruiters on college campuses, and engaging in a massive educational campaign against military recruitment. These efforts will continue, but opposing the war means addressing war in all its myriad manifestations.
Throughout history, the argument has been made that advances in warfare technology would produce peace. Yet neither the cannon, the rifle nor the nuclear bomb have led to long-term peace or security. When injustice and occupation exist, people will find ways to strike out. Whether it be guerilla warfare against superior numbers, IEDs against superior training and equipment, or acts of terrorism to kill civilians, people will work to overcome U.S. dominance on the battlefield of their country.
NREC is not defending Pittsburgh, nor is it engaged in a humanitarian effort to save lives. They are simply furthering unjust wars, contributing to a culture of militarism, and making our city complicit in death and destruction. NREC's work on non-military projects does not absolve them of responsibility for becoming a world leader in warfare robotics.
True security will come when we break the cycle of killing and direct our country's enormous resources towards building understanding and basic equality with the rest of humanity.
-- Alex Bradley, Bloomfield
(The writer is a member of the Pittsburgh Organizing Group.)
Bill is due
Thank you for writing about Bill Dorsey ["Bill Dorsey's Blues," Jan. 31]. I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Dorsey sing one afternoon. I was late for an appointment and rushing to my car when I heard him. I became transfixed. Suddenly, my appointment didn't mean a thing.
His may be the finest voice I've ever heard, regardless of genre.
I commend you for seeking out someone who is truly unique and also going outside of the club scene to seek talent indigenous to the region.
I find it ridiculous that arguably the finest voice in this region is singing on the street rather in a concert hall. His talent should be embraced, and those with the influence to do so should find a place for him to sing without being mistreated.
-- Bob Hartley, Lawrenceville