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  •  I am disgusted. (none)
    This report leaves me speechless.  Even so, it still feels half a world away, and therefore somewhat surreal.  I feel so safe, protected and secure here, half way around the world from the horrors, obscenties and atrocities which are the war in Iraq.

    Yet, in a way, as an American citizen I am indirectly responsible for what is happening there.

    I am not culpable, in the same fashion that PNAC and the WH Bushco admin are.  But nonetheless, it is my duty to stop this flagrantly illegal and highly unethical occupation of Iraq by my government.

    We are all obligated to stop the war.

    "Problems can never be solved by using the same pattern of thought which created them." - Albert Einstein

    by robolywa on Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 02:49:54 PM PST

    •  Amen to this (none)
      I know how you feel.  How can so many decent people end up perpetrating so many horrible atrocities?
      •  Decent people DON'T commit atrocities. (4.00)
        If Americans are committing atrocities, in your name and mine, you can call them brother, sister, child  or parent; you can call them neighbor, you can call them hireling --but you cannot call them decent.
        •  Let us do justice (none)
          I agree with you.  Here's the problem, though. Somehow the great number of people who do not and would not commit atrocities have got people who purport to be working on their behalf who are commiting atrocities.  There ought to be a way to disconnect the two and I'm afraid it may be very slow and ineffective.  It's got to happen, though
      •  That is war (4.00)
        Everything, everything in war is barbaric . . . But the worst barbarity of war is that it forces men collectively to commit acts against which individually they would revolt with their whole being.

        Ellen Key, 1916

        •  This is corporatization of war and the (none)
          military that is supposed to protect this country.  Their goal is money, not honor, nor love of country, nor plain decency, nor the safety of my family or yours. Feel safer now?

          The beneficiaries are likely to be...large corporations and development firms. (O'Connor, J. dissenting in Kelo). God bless you, J. O'Connor.

          by xanthe on Sun Nov 27, 2005 at 06:54:52 PM PST

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    •  Cocoon (4.00)
      You had better stay in your safe cocoon because no American is safe outside of this country.  My cousin has lived in New Zealand for twenty years and is now a citizen of that country.  He was wearing a University of Colorado sweatshirt a few months ago and got accosted.  He doesn't wear anything "American" any longer.  This is in New Zealand for God's sake.  
    •  That feeling of safety is an illusion (none)
      We are not safe anymore and we do not have the rights we thought we had anymore.  But regardless of that, you are right, it is our duty and obligation to stop this from continuing.

      "Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Whenever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe." Elie Wiesel (holocaust survivor)

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