A little quiz from an email I got from a UUer and very cool person about the Iraq War:
Look at this list of countries that the U.S. has bombed since the end of World War II, compiled by historian William Blum:
El Salvador 1980s
Question: In how many of these instances did a democratic government, respectful of human rights, occur as a direct result? Choose one of the following:
(d) not a one
(e) a whole number between -1 and +1
This quiz compliments of Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
The email prompted me to surf the VVAW website. Old memories abound. Looking at the website made me cry. I found the link to Veterans Against the War in Iraq. This site lists a ton of actions against the war, along with some great essays. A moving flier promoting a Veterans’ Day Action has this to say:
..while veterans are facing deteriorating care, as VA hospitals close and Bush II holds up $250 million in VA funds allocated by congress. Homelessness and despair face millions of vets of past wars, while this government merrily goes off on another.
The site includes a link to an interview with Kurt Vonnegut, author, WWII veteran, and anti-war activist. Here is how he describes our current situation:
I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy, Keystone Cops-style coup d’etat imaginable. And those now in charge of the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka “Christians,” and plus, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities, or “PPs.”
From this interview I now have a new .sig file:
Q: ….Do you have any ideas for a really scary reality TV show?
A: “C students from Yale.” It would stand your hair on end.