As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to
remake the world–that is the myth of the atomic age–
as in being able to remake ourselves.
Mohandas K. Gandhi


 

 

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CHITTISTER ON THE AMISH, HEDGES ON IRAN,
WAGNER ON THE TERRORISTS,
EDWARD R. MURROW & BERTRAND RUSSELL
 

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In This Issue:

David’s Notes
“What Kind of People Are These?” by Joan Chittister
“Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse” by Chris Hedges
“The Terrorists Have Won” by James Wagner
Edward R. Murrow & Bertrand Russell

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David’s Notes:
Here are three recent, interlocking and important essays and two short quotations.

First, Joan Chittister considers the murders at the Amish School and suggests that the truly shocking thing about the whole incident was not the violence but the Amish reaction to the violence. Sister Joan then wonders what would have happened if we’d reacted after 9/11 the way the Amish reacted after the shootings.

Second, a frightening essay by Pulitzer Prize winner and former New York Times foreign correspondent, Chris Hedges, on the right-wing neo-cons who control the current administration and their claim to be anointed by a Christian God to reshape the world. With their apocalyptic rhetoric and twisted pathology that sees the world through the childish lens of good and evil, us and them, the forces of darkness and the forces of light, Hedges sees how this strange, twilight mentality that now grips Washington is barreling us towards a crisis of epic proportions via a war with Iran.

Third, the most succinct statement I’ve read anywhere on how and why the terrorists have already won by James Wagner, a New York City art aficionado.

Finally, some words from Edward R. Murrow and Bertrand Russell.

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For Joan Chittister’s “What Kind of People Are These?” go to:
http://ncrcafe.org/node/513

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For “Bush’s Nuclear Apocalypse” by Chris Hedges go to:
http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1009-20.htm

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For “The Terrorists Have Won” by James Wagner go to:
http://jameswagner.com/mt_archives/005781.html

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof, and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law.

We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.

 

Edward R. Murrow

 

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All this madness, all this rage, all this flaming death of our civilization and our hopes, has been brought about because a set of official gentlemen, living luxurious lives, mostly stupid, and all without imagination or heart, have chosen that it should occur rather than that any one of them should suffer some infinitesimal rebuff to his country’s pride.

 

Bertrand Russell

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