October 7th, 2001

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Mass Murder

Um, I don't think I could possibly say it any better than Black_Pearl said it, so I'll let her handle this one.

I'm sorry that I don't have the energy to grieve anymore right now. I'll try to do it later.

I'd also like to refer everyone to Barraged's journal entry from two days ago, about how the CIA predicted a 100% likelihood that another major terrorist attack against American civilians would occur in the near future if the American government started bombing Afghanistan.

The American government has now bombed Afghanistan anyway. American civilians, prepare to to be retaliated against.

Oh, and . . . to anybody in need of a quiet woodland retreat in which to get away from it all and attempt to regain your own sanity while the rest of the world continues getting less sane with every day that passes, I highly recommend that you visit Princess Mononoke. (Thanks to Frank Episale for the link.)
  • Current Music
    the sound of bombs in my head
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CBS News Coverage

CBS had some surprisingly pretty sane moments just now. They talked to a reporter stationed in Pakistan who put extreme emphasis on the importance of not killing any innocent Afghan people or else what little tentative support the U.S. has in Pakistan will crumble. Unfortunately they didn't quite go so far as to point out that the U.S. can't very well drop bombs on a city of over a million people without having killed innocent ones; but even so, it was a step in the right direction. I like it when they talk to reporters stationed in the Middle East; those people seem more aware of the lives at stake here.

They also showed enough of an excerpt of Osama bin Laden's videotaped message for bin Laden to get across some references to the atrocities committed by the U.S. government in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Palestine. Obviously most Americans will just patriotically ignore this, but I think they broadcast enough that some of the more intelligent (albeit ignorant) Americans might be motivated to start researching U.S. foreign policy a bit more closely.

I look forward to seeing a transcript of bin Laden's complete speech posted online, since it was hard to judge from this tiny excerpt to what extent the atrocities committed by the U.S. are just excuses he brings up when really he might well want to kill people for other, less rational reasons anyhow. When a person can rally massive numbers of people to die for his cause, that means his rhetoric must be tapping into some experiences and feelings which are (though I hate how both bin Laden and Bush are manipulating common feelings to suppport mass murder) very common, and in need of being addressed (and so we need to figure out what those experiences and feelings primarily are in order for us to come up with a nonviolent attempt to address these people's issues). So I'd like to be able to at least hear the complete set of rhetoric bin Laden is using, in order to get a better sense of what rhetoric has been most effective at motivating people to join his terrorist groups.
  • Current Music
    Dan Rather
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Einstein

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
- Albert Einstein
Thanks to Morgan for that one.
  • Current Music
    silence
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Paranoia

My phone rang again and I panicked again and didn't answer it. Whoever it was didn't leave a message but I've decided I'm never answering my phone again.

I also parked my car out in the very back corner behind the apartment complex in the unassigned undesirable faraway parking spots, instead of my own assigned parking spot much nearer to my apartment, because just on the off-chance my parents might come looking for me, I want to feel I've safely arranged all the evidence to indicate that I'm not home.

And I'm leaving my kitchen light off as much as possible, for the same reason.

Still working on my letter to them. Planning to finish it this evening.