Simpsonian Editorial

by Simpsonian editors

Kathy Kelly didn’t harp on President Bush. Kelly didn’t speakabout weapons of mass destruction. In-fact, she barely mentionedwhether the war in Iraq was justified or not.

Kelly spoke on something far more important.

In spirit of Black History Month and the works of Martin LutherKing, Kathy Kelly spoke on the necessity of peace in the world.

King didn’t attack the president. King didn’t believe inviolence. And like him, Kelly is above all the discussion ofwhether we should be there or not. She dreams of a world wherethere is no war.

She brushed all political ties aside and focused on what isreally important: the fact that people are dying in Iraq. Some ofthe people are American, and some are Iraqi.

But nationalities mean nothing, all involved in the war arepeople. People that have nothing to do with the decisions, but theconsequences of others’ decisions.

To watch a woman that has stood up and been knocked down forwhat she believes in is something very powerful. The school didvery well in finding Kelly. She personified the belief thateveryone should have something to believe in, and with amazingwords, stories and even a song, she brought the power of will toeveryone she spoke to.

If we learn anything from her speech, it should be that warisn’t as shallow as politics and media coverage, the war issomething very horrible with real people that suffer and die.

All students can learn from the depth of care Kelly portrays inher life, and the mission of peace that she is on.