Friday, September 21, 2001

bush gave a state-of-the-union speech last night. i posted my comments here. (summary: i liked it.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

today i was walking and i came to two young boys playing with plastic toy guns. at first they were shooting each other. then one of the boys pointed his gun at his butt and proclaimed "i'm shooting my butt! i'm shooting my butt!" as he clicked the trigger. the he noticed me and said "hi mister." then he shot me.

true story.

the reason i'm writing it here is that i was thinking as i walked away from these boys that they have a pretty good grasp on american foreign policy. "we're shotting our butt! we're shotting our butt!" click click click.

i don't mean to make light of what is a very unfortunate situation - that's just what i was thinking.
9-11peace.org and sharedvoice.org both have petitions for supporting peace over war. 9-11peace.org also has a long list of nonviolent organizations, "138 organizations representing 1,112,985 people already." i expect react with nonviolence will join the list after our meeting tomorrow. now if we can just get the other 6 billion people to commit to nonviolence, we'll be all set.

Tuesday, September 18, 2001

i spent the last two hours at hatewatch, working on my research assignment for react with nonviolence. i now know much more than i ever wanted to know about anti-arab, anti-muslim, and anti-people-who-might-look-somewhat-arab-or-muslim hate crimes in the past week. but since there have been 300-500 such crimes, i have much more to read. i had this thought though, which i wanted to share: the current islamic extremist holy war against america, racism, and war are all rooted in a common false assumption: that a broad group of people - associated by religion, appearance, or nationality - can or should be blamed for the actions of a smaller segment of that same group. it's just not true. it doesn't make any more sense for america to claim some other country is collectively responsible for what happened on 9/11 than it did for those terrorists to hold america collectively responsible for various misdeeds of our government.

Monday, September 17, 2001

robert scheer wrote in may 2001 "...the recent gift of $43 million to the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan, the most virulent anti-American violators of human rights in the world today. The gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the U.S. the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that "rogue regime" for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God." if we're serious about attacking any country that has supported terrorism, does it follow that we will bomb ourselves?
(via scripting news:) the hindu reports "A 52-year-old Indian of Sikh denomination and a Pakistani were shot dead in Arizona and Texas in continuing attacks on ethnic immigrants." to state what seems to me to be obvious, aside from being just simply wrong, this kind of thing isn't likely to gain us any international friends in the area where they are most needed.