My buddy Raz, intending to

My buddy Raz, intending to keep debate lively, sends me this link to remind us the U.S. isn’t the only country with economic links to Iraq.

Meanwhile, on another conflict with world-wide implications, I just watched a short (35 min) video, On Orientalism, which is an interview with Edward Said. He descirbes (my paraphrase) settling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a litmus test for the future of humanity: we will either build walls, creating an increasingly segregated world, or discover ways to live together with differences. His insight into the centuries-long demonization of Muslims is a clear explanation of how “reality” is “socially constructed.” Despite his incisive criticism of the western depiction of Muslims and Arabs, Said throws his lot in with other Arab intellectuals who believe a peaceful coexistence is possible. A couple of resources are the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace and the MidEastWeb Gateway.

My own learning curve here is that the term orientalism does not refer only to the Far East (such as China).

While I promote these peace sites, I am constantly reminded that pacifism is an ism just like any other ideology.
One organization is trying to run local newspaper ads explaining to the American public that there is no proven link between Saddam Hussein and the 9-11 attacks. They cite “A recent New York Times
poll revealed that 42% of Americans believe that Saddam Hussein was behind what happened September 11th.”
You can peek at the ad without contributing – just scroll down to the bottom, or you can donate to the cause.

Some reports on the Virtual Protest on February 26 from The Washington Post – “ANTIWAR PROTESTERS FLOOD SENATE PHONE LINES;” The BBC – “US ‘VIRTUAL MARCH’ OVER IRAQ,” and The New York Times (requires free “registration”) – “AN ANTIWAR DEMONSTRATION THAT DOES NOT TAKE TO THE STREETS.”

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