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[ Presenting plain-text part of multi-format email ] Tom writes: I'm for experimenting. Some say we should > continue to speak politely with these killers in stripped suits. I've > I have heard the same advice, and as you, have received the same response, which is to say no response. As I feel slightly better when I "uncork" on their email, snail mail, faxes, and answering machines, like you I have also chosen the latter tack. With the realities of the planet; diminishing oil supplies amidst increased consumption, I have almost lost faith that "we" will be able to do anything to stop the coming global campaign of Emperor George the Lesser and those who will sit in his seat in the years to come. 'They' have the money, 'They' have the power, "we" have neither in sufficient quantity to be noticeable by "They." The consequences of acting with human dignity by those mentioned above, will in fact cost them those things which are also mentioned above. Clearly they will not turn over the keys to the city to those of us which are no more than the "unwashed masses" hence the ensuing decades will likely be unlike any which have gone before both in scope and consequence, we are a global community now after all. Before Elga or Felicity think that I will be giving up, I assure you that I will not. Although it may in fact be pointless to strive against what can only be characterized as insurmountable odds, of course we will continue to trudge up the hill. Perhaps, whilst I sit at my computer with only the sound of a fan lobbying against the heat here in the southern USA, just perhaps the people will arise again, someday, and put the leaders back into their places--service to, not imposing servitude upon. They are said to represent us, laughable as this has become, our lack of voice cannot persist forever. cheers, Roger Stroope Northern Arizona University Flagstaff USA During the war crimes trials at Nuremberg, psychologist Gustave Gilbert visited Nazi Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering in his prison cell. "We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them war and destruction," Gilbert wrote in his journal, Nuremberg Diary. "Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? ... That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a parliament or a communist dictatorship ... That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." _______________________________________________ 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 email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk