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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] In history, I remember learning about the idea of "manifest destiny". As it was taught, it was the idea that it was "America's destiny to rule over the land from ocean to ocean.". The fact that Indians already lived there and would have to be slaughtered to achieve this was of little consequence. Not only was this idea sanctioned by the state, but it was also doing Christianity justice. Of course today, we know better, but we forgive our forefathers. They were ignorant people of the land, and besides, look how it all worked out. Eventually, the ends justified the means. Another episode in America's history is the institution of slavery. True, our forefathers went to great lengths to assure greater freedoms under their form of govt. than virtually any before, and most since. Of course, it wasn't perfect. The idea that slaves count as 3/5 a complete person was part of the original constitution! The institution of slavery was sancioned by the state, as we see above, AND by the church. Those Africans FORTUNATE enough to be brought over to America had the opportunity to convert to Christianity and maybe get into Heaven. Of course today, we know better, but we forgive our forefathers. They were ignorant people of the land, and besides, look how it all worked out. Eventually, the ends justified the means. I never quite agreed with the way these things were sold to us. I also asked myself t if I were around then, would I have just accepted these institutions like the rest of the people? Or would I have been one of the few brave people who looked around, said this is wrong, and did something about it? Well, what's going on in Iraq, Palestine, and the rest of the Middle East is no different. We are being sold the idea that a different race is somehow inferior to us. Their forms of govt. are inferior and they have a backwards religion. Don't think this is being done? Look at this caption on a Yahoo! photo out today: >>A Turkish boy chants Islamic slogans as he holds a leaflet that reads ' What are you doing to >stop this war? No to war in Iraq ' during an anti-war demonstration in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday >Jan. 26, 2003. Some 5,000 demonstrators chanted anti-U.S. slogans in one of Istanbul's biggest >squares and protested against a possible U.S.-led strike on Iraq. Turkey, NATO (news - web >sites)'s only Muslim member, is under heavy pressure from its top ally, the United States, to >allow use of its bases to attack Iraq, but public opposition to war is strong in this >predominantly Muslim country. (AP Photo/Murad Sezer) << http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/030126/168/34ep6.html Why was it necessary, in those few lines, to point out the fact that Turkey is a Muslim country THREE times? Is this THAT important? If this were a rally in India, would they tell us it is a Hindu country 3 times? Would a protest in America be captioned with "Christian country protests war."? Would a protest in Israel be captioned "Citizen chants Jewish slogans in support of war."? Maybe, but I doubt it. The sad thing is, with the apathy towards this that exists in America, many Iraqi citizens are probably more familiar with the reality of American history than most Americans. Ironically, if Bush (A career C student) has his way, it will be the Iraqis that are doomed to repeat it. --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? Yahoo! Mail Plus - Powerful. Affordable. Sign up now _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk