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The Power of One

Dick Bell
The Democracy Cell Project

There are 6.6 billion people on our planet. And yet, at extraordinary junctions of space and time, a single one of those people can act in a way that reaches every other person on the planet.

We all know this picture:

This student was so imbued with the power of yearning for truth and freedom that he was able to walk fearlessly into the path of some of the most destructive warmaking machines and demand that his fellow countrymen stop.

One of the deepest mysteries of history, and of being a human being, is that no one knows, or can predict, when the act of a single person can sear the conscience of the world and cause what had appeared to be overwhelming physical forces to bend or break.

No political observer, even a month ago, would have thought that Cindy Sheehan would ever amount to more than a flyspeck in the eye of Bush's war machine. But by picking the right time and the right place, Cindy Sheehan has managed to create a confrontation that had eluded the efforts of millions. Her willingness to go to Crawford and stand in front of the gate (or as close as Bush's cowardly handlers have allowed her to get) has created an American image as electrifying as that of the sole student confronting the tanks at Tiananman Square.

Thanks to Cindy, we have crossed the line. Regardless of the outcome over the next few weeks in Crawford, her example shows the rest of us what needs to be done. No more emails, no more phone calls to Congressional offices, what our fellow contrypeople need to see is the fearlessness of witnessing with our bodies that we want the TRUTH.


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