28 August 2006

Was reading Riverbend earlier on the train:

I’m so frustrated I can’t think straight.

I’m full of rage against Israel, the US, Britain, Iran and most of Europe. The world is going to go to hell for standing by and allowing the massacre of innocents. For God’s sake, 34 children???

The UN is beyond useless. They’ve gone from a union of nations working for the good of the world (if they ever were even that), to a bunch of gravediggers. They’re only good for digging mangled bodies out of the ruins of buildings and helping to identify and put them into mass graves. They won’t stop a massacre- they won’t even speak out against it- they’ll just come by and help clean up the mess.”

If you don't know Riverbend, a young writer living in Baghdad, whose blog has won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, her perspective for the last three years is hauntingly fierce and proud. If Americans could give up their thieving occupancy and leave the country, one only can hope the voices of moderation such as hers could be allowed to rebuild what Occupying forces can only destroy... Hope.

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Did a radio show with friend Mark on Sunday! That was a new item for me. I earned a role as 'comic relief': we decided that since Florida was 'under attack' by Hurricane Ernesto, I wondered if Hurricane Fidel was next, and if that chain would continue: Hurricanes Lenin and Marx by October? :-)

Mark plays for Radio Berne, the show will become archived sometime early this week. Check back for a link!

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August is coming to an end, and soon we'll cycle into the September 11 anniversary.

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