Sunday, October 28, 2007

protest yesterday

I totally should have annouced it on here, but there were BIG protests yesterday against the War in Iraq and the inevitable War in Iran. I think they were held in like 8 cities in the US. It was amazing. 30,000 people marching down Market Street in San Francisco, chanting, singing, shouting....all peacefully. There were amazing speakers there too. I had never met a mother of a killed soldier in Iraq before, and it was so moving. I could just see her on that day when the soldiers came to her door to tell her that her son was dead. Cindy Sheehan was there and that was cool. She did a good job of encouraging everyone.

But there was relatively no news coverage in the major news sources (surprised?). We need to take a bigger stand especially now since the government is planning a war with Iran and they wont give two shits if 50,000 people protest, because the other 260 million people in the US are supporting them through their silence.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Genocide: it's not a moral issue, it's a political one!

White House: Genocide resolution would hurt relations with key ally

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush and key figures in his administration lobbied hard Wednesday against a House resolution that labels the killings of Armenians in Turkey during World War I as "genocide." President Bush urges the House not to pass a resolution he says would harm U.S. relations with Turkey.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/10/us.turkey.armenians/index.html


I am no Armenian historian, so perhaps there is substantive ambiguity over what happened during WWI. However, given what I have read to date, reported events from that time period give every indication that an Armenian genocide at the hands of the Turks did indeed take place.

Yet today the Bush administration is urging the House not to pass a resolution acknowledging what happened. This is completely reminiscent of the bumbling and avoidance of the term 'genocide' of the Clinton administration during the Rwandan genocide. It is also completely consistent with the lackadaisical effort the west has made to stop the genocide in Sudan.

In short, if politicians' political ends are not advanced by calling out even obvious and egregious evils, they will cower and avoid doing so, thus belying their total lack of moral backbone.

How depressing.