Some Thoughts On The State of Things

I do not support our invasion of Iraq. I think what President Bush is doing is an atrocity and a crime against humanity. That’s not to say that what Saddam Hussein has done and continues to do to his country’s people is any better or any worse, it’s just different. I realize I am simplifying something that it quite a bit more complex. You can read about those complexities all over the place. I think you owe it to yourself to get educated about what is really going on and why we are in Iraq. And just for the record, I’m still asking why we are there.

Saddam Hussein is just one of the many mongrels who treats his people like animals. There are many countries that commit heinous crimes agianst its peoples. Why aren’t we doing anything about those countries? Why aren’t we helping to liberate those people? Why are we turning the other way as North Korea builds nuclear weapons? I’m not even suggesting I have answers to these questions, but I do have a lot of questions that aren’t getting answered. Perhaps they will in the days and months ahead.

To all of the war advocates, why the gung-ho attitude? Why are you so anxious to bomb the hell out of a country, kill innocent people and put our troops in harm’s way? I don’t understand. To all of the peace advocates and protestors, should we take a hands-off approach to this conflict? When is war okay? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want war under any circumstances, but I also feel like we have gone past the point of return, to some extent. I will continue to protest, but these are all thoughts that run through my head. War is not the answer. This is something of which I am quite confident, but again, I’m not sure what the answer is.

Seeing the thousands, if not millions of people worldwide coming out against the war gives me hope that all is not lost, but it’s not always easy to keep a positive outlook on humanity. I do not think that our President has given much thought to what this war will mean for generations to come. I question his faith in God. and just for the record, I am not Christian, but what I know about the religion, it does not condone the killing of innocent people. When the Pope comes out against the war and calls it a sin, I have to think that has had some impact on his conscience, if he has one.

As a Buddhist, I am dedicated to the development of peace, culture and education to make the world a better place. I dedicate a portion of every day to making the world a better place, and believe with all my heart that if we wanted to end this war today, we could. It’s clear to me that we do not and that fills me with sadness and anger. I fear what kind of event it will take for people to wake up to the idea that we are all one giant organism, at one with our environment, and to separate ourselves we are doing a grave disservice.

My thoughts and prayers are with each and every citizen of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the troops who are fighting and putting their lives on the line. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those troops. My thoughts and prayers are with the Iraqi people being put in harm’s way. My thoughts and prayers are of peace, not violence or vengeance.

Phair

Looks like Liz Phair is getting ready to release…something. I’ve had the chance to hear some of what may make up the new album and it’s really quite good. And no, I’m not going to post anything.

Fuck The War (Part II)

I love Michael Moore. I think I’ll just let his letter speak for itself.

A Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War (Michael Moore is the writer/director of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Bowling for Columbine” and of the best selling book “Stupid White Men.” )

George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC

Dear Governor Bush:

So today is what you call “the moment of truth,” the day that “France and the rest of world have to show their cards on the table.” I’m glad to hear that this day has finally arrived. Because, I gotta tell ya, having survived 440 days of your lying and conniving, I wasn’t sure if I could take much more. So I’m glad to hear that today is Truth Day, ’cause I got a few truths I would like to share with you:

1. There is virtually NO ONE in America (talk radio nutters and Fox News aside) who is gung-ho to go to war. Trust me on this one.

Walk out of the White House and on to any street in America and try to find five people who are PASSIONATE about wanting to kill Iraqis. YOU WON’T FIND THEM! Why? ‘Cause NO Iraqis have ever come here and killed any of us! No Iraqi has even threatened to do that. You see, this is how we average Americans think: If a certain so-and-so is not perceived as a threat to our lives, then, believe it or not, we don’t want to kill him! Funny how that works! …

2. The majority of Americans — the ones who never elected you — are not fooled by your weapons of mass distraction. We now that the real issues are that affect our daily lives — and none of them begin with I or end in Q.

Here’s what threatens us: two and a half million jobs lost since you took office, the stock market having become a cruel joke, no one knowing if their retirement funds are going to be there, gas now costs almost two dollars — the list goes on and on. Bombing Iraq will not make any of this go away. Only you need to go away for things to improve.

3. As Bill Maher said last week, how bad do you have to suck to lose a popularity contest with Saddam Hussein? The whole world is against you, Mr. Bush. Count your fellow Americans among them.

4. The Pope has said this war is wrong, that it is a SIN. The Pope! But even worse, the Dixie Chicks have now come out against you! How bad does it have to get before you realize that you are an army of one on this war? Of course, this is a war you personally won’t have to fight. Just like when you went AWOL while the poor were shipped to Vietnam in your place.

5. Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces! If you really want to stand up for America, please send your twin daughters over to Kuwait right now and let them don their chemical warfare suits. And let’s see every member of Congress with a child of military age also sacrifice their kids for this war effort. What’s that you say? You don’t THINK so? Well, hey, guess what — we don’t think so either!

6. Finally, we love France. Yes, they have pulled some royal screw-ups. Yes, some of them can be pretty damn annoying. But have you forgotten we wouldn’t even have this country known as America if it weren’t for the French? That it was their help in the Revolutionary War that won it for us? That our greatest thinkers and founding fathers — Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, etc. — spent many years in Paris where they refined the concepts that lead to our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution? That it was France who gave us our Statue of Liberty, a Frenchman who built the Chevrolet, and a pair of French brothers who invented the movies? And now they are doing what only a good friend can do — tell you the truth about yourself, straight, no b.s. Quit pissing on the French and thank them for getting it right for once. You know, you really should have traveled more (like once) before you took over. Your ignorance of the world has not only made you look stupid, it has painted you into a corner you can’t get out of.

Well, cheer up — there IS good news. If you do go through with this war, more than likely it will be over soon because I’m guessing there aren’t a lot of Iraqis willing to lay down their lives to protect Saddam Hussein. After you “win” the war, you will enjoy a huge bump in the popularity polls as everyone loves a winner — and who doesn’t like to see a good ass-whoopin’ every now and then (especially when it ‘s some third world ass!). So try your best to ride this victory all the way to next year’s election. Of course, that’s still a long ways away, so we’ll all get to have a good hardy-har-har while we watch the economy sink even further down the toilet!

But, hey, who knows — maybe you’ll find Osama a few days before the election! See, start thinking like THAT! Keep hope alive! Kill Iraqis — they got our oil!!

Yours,

Michael Moore

Fuck The War (Part I)

In case you hadn’t noticed, I haven’t said much about the war, our President or anything in the political realm. It’s not because I haven’t had anything to say. I just haven’t formulated it all yet, but there are a lot of other people that have. Here’s one of my favorites from today. It comes from Jim Brown of Bluebird fame.

Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2003 11:47:19 -0800
Subject: I need to know i’m with you

Buckle your shoes, cause that mother fucker is coming after you too. Sick the way they make you watch em’ take their way. Make their decisions long ago, before we even knew there was a choice they told us to go sit back down, nothing for you to do over here or anywhere we decide to go. Yeah, they are the ones that built the railroad, cut your town in two, run those tribes down into the ground. You got no choice so they say, but they spread themselves thin and the day will come when something will give. Yeah, something is gonna give. we’re building an under ground army, Are you enlisted. You know you can sign even through your mind. Every time you say, “Fuck You,” there is a formless force that is being built. But if you give in to the helplessness and complacency they advance and take more ground. You are not alone, we are here, we can take back what has been taken, each person is a sovereign nation. Retaliate through your chosen means, we have the power, we can impeach, we can defeat the guns through a non violent means, of coarse people will die, but we will all be at the finish line some day. Before you go don’t you want to make a change? Because changes are a comin’ which way do you want them to go, speak up !! Let us know !! your family is in Baghdad, your life is being pawned. Decide in your mind where you drawn the line, don’t be afraid, there’s a new day comin’ our way. enlist in the peoples army, The war has always been here, now it is just a little more clear, a little more near. Know who your friends are, who are your allies? Write me back , stay in contact, speak to me I need all of you, we will move while we are learning what to do. We don’t take orders, but we have a mission. We will decide as we go. We are making the road as we go, help me help you. Liberation declaration, land and life are sacred.

We Are Building An Underground Army

Jim Brown