Friday, September 22, 2006

 

Pens Not Swords

Poets Against War, and Sam Hamill's subsequent ambassadorial work, offered the world an alternative U.S. foreign policy, crafted by the American people rather than its government. When the policymakers were busy trying to silence the opposition here and abroad, the poems on www.poetsagainstwar.net demonstrated to anyone with an Internet connection that many Americans opposed their government's policies. The poems humanized Americans in Baghdad and Paris and Pisa, Italy, just as they humanized the Iraqis for Americans.

Read the full essay I wrote, "Pens Not Swords," in Fiesta! the new culture pages at Foreign Policy in Focus.

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