September 14th, 2001


Pacifism, Continued

Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan

The Conscientious Objectors LiveJournal Community

Thanks to The Asrai Collective for both links.

"Attack on USA - 'distinctions must be made'
'This was an assault not merely on one nation or one people, but on principles of respect for civilian life cherished by all people,' says Human Rights Watch of the terrorist attack against the USA. Referring to US President George Bush's statement - that the USA 'will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harboured them' - the organisation said that 'distinctions must be made: between the guilty and the innocent; between those who commit atrocities and those who may simply share their religious beliefs'."

From: (thanks to RedRider for the link)

And a comforting opinion from Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and the author of the recently published Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict: "These actions took a tremendous level of precision and sophistication. My guess is this group put all of its resources into this; they've shot their wad." (published on

Over the past few days I've been having a relatively productive (well, considering the depth of our disagreement) conversation with a non-pacifist on LiveJournal. The basic gist of our conversation can be summarized thus:

Her: "I am a citizen of the United States FIRST, and I will defend citizens of the United States FIRST."

Me: "I am a citizen of the world FIRST, and I will FIRST defend all the people all over the world who do not support killing innocent people."

After that conversation, I drove to work and observed all the American flags on people's houses. It made me want a flag of my own. Not an American flag, but a flag with a picture of the earth on it, and a peace sign.

But that might be dangerous these days. My neighbors with the American flags might declare war on me.
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America's Deepest Thinkers

Dan Rather said ". . . and we heard today from some of America's deepest thinkers" and my mind in its laughable naivete flashed immediately to the recent words of Noam Chomsky about the terrorism and I looked up quickly in astonished hope that they were finally going to publicize his words on television. But no - the camera focused in instead upon, guess who . . .

It was Billy Graham.

If he's one of our deepest thinkers, America's in even worse trouble than I ever dreamed.
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