My thoughts on cynicism were prompted by something I read yesterday.
A smart man named Howard Roberts has written a plan for a US-out-of-Iraq exit strategy. He's put a lot of thought into his Seven Point Plan, and it deserves our attention.
For peace activists, an outline like this is useful for countering any number of pro-occupation arguments, especially the "now that we're there we have to stay to keep the peace" variety. In the larger sense, Roberts's work may be the framework the world needs to get the US out of Iraq.
The cynicism I'm referring to was in comments - someone calling Mr Roberts naive. He doesn't sound naive to me. To listen to the critics, you would think nothing had ever changed the in the world - that no war had ever ended, that no power was ever deposed, that no people ever won their autonomy and self-determination.
I urge other supporters of peace to circulate the Seven Point Plan. One needn't agree with every comma and period of an idea to support it. We need a place to start.