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Re: Everyone is an american

  • Subject: Re: Everyone is an american
  • From: pbrooks@whidbey.net
  • Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 05:09:06 -0000

I just want to add to my comment that -- once again -- it is the 
innocent who pay the price for acts of 'state.'  Can't we just STOP 
all this power-playing and focus on all that binds us together as 
human beings?  I keep thinking of the old saw that if middle-aged 
politicians et al power brokers were the ones who had to actually be 
among those in the line of fire, there would be a quick end to wars.


-- In iris-talk@y..., pbrooks@w... wrote:
> Theo,
> Your statement about losing, and now regaining, our soul as a 
> moves me to share a thought which may be felt too political to be 
> appropriate, but...
> Throughout what was called the Gulf War, watching with a sickened, 
> heavy heart as U.S. planes bombed the bejeezus out of Arabs and 
> country, from a safe height, with a nation held rapt by the TV 
> pyrotechnics, the self-congratulations of Bush Sr. and our other 
> political 'leaders' about wreaking such destruction without a 
> American fatality, made me say to a friend, "This is the worst 
> that could happen to this country."
> Declaring such cold-blooded havoc and death a 'victory' made me 
> we had really lost our soul, as you say.  This belated consequence, 
> as I can't but see it, horrific as it is, has a kind of 
> inevitability, even justice, to it that make me feel, as we band 
> together now and feel for each other, that we are regaining our 
> soul.  Now if we can just resist this vicious circle of 
> we may again feel what it is to belong to the human race, rather 
> a distant arrogant nation which has come to feel inviolable, able 
> portion out its compassion while keeping our central focus on our 
> selfish interests.
> If this earns me the anger of my precious family of iris lovers, 
> sobeit, but I feel it needs to be said.
> Patricia Brooks
> Whidbey Island, WA -- not the safe little island it often feels, 
> since a major Navy Airforce Base is on this island and a logical 
> target.
> -- In iris-talk@y..., THEO1415@a... wrote:
> > Sylvain ... what a wonderful thought.   I am glad I understand 
> French.  It is 
> > a beautiful comment.   I have thought of late, so often, that we 
> had lost our 
> > soul.  Despite all of the horrendous tragedy, we and our friends, 
> have drawn 
> > together, as during World War II, as one nation ...  We have 
> regained our 
> > soul.    Theo1415 
> > 
> > 
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

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