Digging a little deeper after yesterday’s blog post on the arrest of 14 peace activists who were guided by their faith to enter Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas on Holy Thursday, we found an interesting account of the event from Father John Dear, one of those accused of trespassing.
The group had been in the midst of a 10-day vigil at Creech to call attention to the dangers the unmanned drones — controlled from the base — pose to innocent people in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Writing on CommonDreams.org, Father Dear described the group’s initial encounter with the soldiers, machine gun at the ready, who approached the nonviolent trespassers. Here’s an excerpt:
At the first notice of our presence, a young airman approached, fear in his eyes, and he began yelling, ordering us to turn around. He had an M-16 slung over his shoulder and he swung it toward us. His order notwithstanding, we continued to walk and started to sing.
The poor airman was undone and started shoving, first a friend, then me. He was growing furious, so we knelt down. Soon three other soldiers approached, all of them toting machine guns. Together they shouted, as if that would make any difference. We assured them we were unarmed, and we offered them our roses. The poor airmen, they stood befuddled. Should they shout louder? Should they open fire? Whatever their script, it failed them in the face of nonviolence. Meantime another drone flew overhead.
Link here for the rest of the story (with apologies to Paul Harvey).