It is a time of freedom and fear, of Gaia and of borders, of many paths and the widening of a universal toll road, emptying country and swelling cities, of the public bought into privacy and the privacy of the public sold into invisible data banks and knowing algorithms. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection.
These are the times when maps fade and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread.
Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
Friday, March 28, 2003
An irregular, personal idea:
Times are hard for those of us who have worked for the last year to stop George W. Bush's insane war before it could start. However, we need to keep perspective on this fact: it's much harder right now for the people who are suffering in Iraq as a result of his decision to start his war. Our emotional fury is much less hard to bear than their pain.
Our feelings, right now, also seem just as impotent as the feelings of the Iraqis. Saddam Hussein won't listen to them, and neither will George W. Bush take note of the fact that the American invasion is not perceived as a liberation. Here at home, the American people have appealed to both Saddam Hussein and George W. Bush to stop their brutal games. Neither have listened.
We don't have power of Saddam Hussein. Perhaps, in time, the American military will.
We also don't have power over George W. Bush. Bush's belief, as he has told many Americans in his speeches, is that God is guiding his actions. He really believes that his policies are divinely directed, so what's he going to listen to a few million American protesters for? What, for that matter, is he going to listen to the world for?
George W. Bush is dangerous indeed, certainly more dangerous now than Saddam Hussein ever was. Clearly, we must stop him, before the entire world is at war and even the Canadians become our enemies.
Will protesting in the streets stop Bush? Bush cares nothing for street protests, though perhaps, if they got big enough, other Americans in power might.
Will organizing behind closed doors stop Bush? Folks, it's the best shot we've got.
The time has come for the anti-war movement to realize that it's lost the struggle over a war in Iraq. It's here, and it's not going to go away, no matter what we do. American soldiers will be in Iraq for years and years, and once the fighting stops, I hope they stay there for an entire generation, rebuilding Iraq brick by brick into the treasure it once was.
The time has come for us to change our focus away from the present strategy and toward the future. In a year and a half, we will have our only chance to stop the man who currently occupies the White House. It's become clear that if he's allowed to have another four years in office, the world will suffer even more. Bush's supporters are already suggesting wars against Iran and North Korea. Who will come after that? What will the world think of America if we re-elect this man?
I am, personally, turning my focus from a narrowly anti-war agenda to a broader agenda that seeks to prevent Bush from gaining re-election in 2004. Almost anyone would be safer to have in the Oval Office than Bush.
Doris "Granny D" Haddock puts it this way: "Those of us who care for the direction of the American dream have one job now to do, and that is to begin working toward that election day in November of next year."
Let's work on something we can win: in 2004 let's vote for ANYBODY BUT BUSH.
Note: to those anti-war folks who continue to protest, I offer no condemnation. I'm talking about a choice of tactics, and the last thing we need is to descend into squabbling about that.
Wednesday, March 26, 2003
In these dark days of war wherever W. wants it, we've got to find humor where we can. For myself, I get tickled every time I hear a Bush Administration spokesperson talk about the "Coalition" that's fighting to take over Iraq to establish a new military dictatorship.
A coalition huh? Who's actually fighting? The United States, some Britons, and a few hundred Australians. Ooh, that's what passes for a coalition these days, huh? How international of Bush! I guess only white English speakers are allowed in this war! What, he couldn't even get a few soldiers from South Africa?
Me myself, I've got a coalition at home. It's my husband, my son and I. We're a coalition!
I've got a friend a few counties over, and he and a friend sometimes meet for coffee. I guess we can call them the Coffee Drinkers' Association!
Oh yeah, and when I talk to my father-in-law on the phone, we're forming an Interstate Communications Commission!
Hoo hoo! You've got to love it - with the White House spin doctors expanding the English language in this way, the possibilities are endless!
You'll excuse me, I've got to go down to the gas station and form an Interpersonal Petroleum Commodities Task Force with Earl, who'll be filling it up. That's full service for you!
Sunday, March 23, 2003
Mother Davis grits her teeth as she considers one of many Orwellian contradictions of this war:
The government and pro-war protesters seem to believe that the best way to "support the troops" is to take them away from their families, give them next to nothing for pay, teach them to kill, then send them halfway around the world to be killed by their multimillion dollar malfunctioning machinery, their clumsy "allies", their psychologically disturbed comrades, and the people defending their country from America's hostile invasion.
If that's what supporting the troops means, count me as glad that I never signed up to be ordered to march in a troop. Some kind of support is the kind of support we all could do without.
Listen to the voice of the father of Kendall Waters-Bey, a Marine who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kuwait while attempting to join in the invasion of Iraq:
Holding up a picture of his dead son, he said: "I want President Bush to get a good look at this, really good look here. This is the only son I had, the only son."
Do we support the troops? We support the right of all soldiers, and all other human beings, to live in peace. I think that's an awful lot better than the kind of support that kills.
Bush's war is killing America.
Supporting peace and democracy,
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