I recall a comment I heard during the Kosovo bombing. "The U.S. doesn't practice diplomacy. It presents ultimatums."
I refer you to some recent news items
. Now, I know talking isn't Dubya's strong point, but this is absurd. Who in their right mind declares war with the purpose of extraditing a single individual without even trying
diplomacy? For smeg's sake, the Taliban has agreed to extradite Osama bin Laden to a neutral Muslim country if evidence of his involvement is presented. But the U.S. doesn't want to reveal what evidence it has and how they got it. Try that in court. "Your honor. The defense is guilty. I can't tell you what I know about his involvement or who told us, but he's guilty." They have a thing called the Witness Protection Program, you know.
This is neither compassionate nor conservative.
So it looks like we're declaring war because we unilaterally ignored other options. So, by way of announcing to the world that using bombs and planes to blow up buildings and innocent people will not be tolerated, we're going to go, get this, use bombs and planes to blow up buildings and innocent people. This is me, wishing I had some serious Flash or Photoshop skills to get this irony through the skulls of the rest of America.
And the Democrats are behind this. And other idiotic projects
that don't work. I believe only one
member of congress voted against giving Bush the green light to use force. I'd like to use this as an example of the difference between Democrats and Greens. The spirit of the anti-Vietnam movement is still within us. You, I think, sold it to the highest bidder.
So. Write to your Congressional representatives
. Write to Dubya
. Inform them, in as polite a manner as possible, that they need to remove their head from their colon and their testicles from their eye sockets. Right the hell now.
You cannot win a war against terrorism. Terrorism can be as simple as dousing a house in gas and lighting a match While The City Sleeps. This war will probably not defeat this terrorist. We've bombed Iraq regularly for 10 years. Guess who's still in power? We're preparing to bomb a country that's already bombing itself. We think, somehow, that bombing people with nothing to eat will cause their authoritarian rulers will turn over one guy
that they've already offered to turn over. We've already deprived these people of their only livelihood option available, opium, by paying the Taliban $45 million.
In the interest of greater understanding in the world, I'd like to point out that the terrorists didn't strike as an act of a declared jihad. However, if we attack Afghanistan, they may declare
a jihad in self-defense. (Islam is a fundamentally peaceful religion, and violence is primarily to be used in self-defense. I encourage you to learn more
before you make any further claims. One of the perks of being an RA is learning something cool by making a bulletin board for your residents). We thus may invite more acts of terror on ourselves by practicing our acts of terror.
You wave an American flag today. Will you wave an Afghani (not even Taliban) flag when we kill 5,000 fellow humans? Do you value patriotism above reason? If you thought a person who drove a Ford shot your sister, would you blow up a factory in Detroit and ignore the existance of courts? Do you love life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that you're prepared to deny all three to others? Do you think with your balls instead of your brain?
Participate in a march for peace. Start a peace vigil. Tell your friends why war is a bad idea. And stash some money away. Unlike World War II, The Almighty Economy is falling.
So yeah, that's on my mind. I had a floor meeting today to deal with some paperwork. I'm impressed with how responsible my residents are. I made cookies for the meeting in a rather ghetto oven, so have a lot of extras with extra carbon. Want a burnt cookie? I'm starting the vicious cycle of sleep deprivation, whereby I'm too tired to read efficiently and so have to stay up late to finish my work and so don't get much sleep and so... Yes, thanks for your sympathy.