Saturday, November 29, 2008

Scenes from Afghanistan, the so-called 'Good War'

Noam Chomsky reminds his readers about the importance of not consigning recent events to oblivion if we have any hope of making lasting, positive changes in the way Americans think and most importantly in the way that the US government acts. I think that the US "Operation Enduring Freedom" is a key subject for Chomsky's advice. As far as I know, the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was illegal from an international law standpoint, and possibly illegal from US law standpoint as well, depending on what aspects of the just-mentioned international laws had been previously ratified by the US Congress. It also appears to me to be illegal in a number of the ways that it is conducted. So, to serve as a visual reminder of the "recent past", today I added a slideshow to the left-hand sidebar of this blog site. The pictures, as far as I could tell, are for the most part from the initial US invasion of Afghanistan, in 2001. The source for these photos is:, accessed 11/29/08.

However: it should be noted that that the site from which I got the pictures, is NOT, by its own admission Robert Fisk's official Website. It was created by a group of individuals who share Fisk's views. From their "About Us" page: "Please note that this is not Robert Fisk's official Website. He is neither connected to it in any way nor does he have an interest in it. This Website has been created by a group of individuals who share views of Robert Fisk. It is meant to provide easy access to his articles, reports and related material."

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fri., Nov. 21, 2008: Eau Claire's first Iraq Moratorium demonstration!

I can say that Eau Claire's people for peace, including Voices For Peace Institute, had a successful "first run"! Through the course of the 2 hours (4pm to 6pm), Tom Ahrens (Voices For Peace Institute and also Iraq Moratorium representative) counted 30 total participants (i.e., this is not the greatest number of folks present at one time, but, rather, a total count of people who participated over the course of the two hours).

I'm very encouraged about this because we only had from Nov. 11 (the day after Steve Carlson's presentation at UWEC) to plan and promote. Thanks to Tom Ahrens as well as two other participants, we have some photos! Also: see a write-up about us under "Eau Claire", at:

Thursday, November 13, 2008


The other night when meeting with friends we were talking on how to reach people who are not necessarily against this war. One friend brought up a very interesting point. Most people think of wars in terms of the way wars were once fought, not the way that modern warfare has evolved. 
Back in "conventional" wars like WW1 and WWII the ratio of for civilian to soldier death was about 1 civilian for every nine soldiers. In this era of modern wars with smart bombs, shock and awe etc. the ratio is more like 9 civilians to each soldiers death. Today's wars are creating enemies in far larger numbers than we can kill them.

Reason enough for me to rethink how we choose to handle our international issues!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I took the pledge today!

That is, the Iraq Moratorium Pledge... I went to, and made it official!

"I hereby make a commitment that, on the Third Friday of every month, I will break my daily routine and take some action, by myself or with others, to end the War in Iraq."

Besides also participating in group actions, with others in Eau Claire WI (and environs) who have also taken the pledge, I'm looking forward to doing stuff on the individual level, too!
Some ideas for individual actions can be seen at: