Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's deja vu all over again in Afghanistan

"After First Denying Involvement, US Forces Admit Killing Two Pregnant Afghan Women & Teenager"-

"Afghanistan's My Lai Massacre" -

Here are two SEPARATE stories of U.S. / U.S.-led actions in Afghanistan. Sadly they are only two stories out of many other, similar stories. Speaking personally, as a Christian, I believe God's heart is deeply, deeply, deeply grieved at what America is doing in Afghanistan.

But I don't think one needs to be a person of religious faith to have a reason to object to U.S. behavior in Afghanistan. If you are an American citizen who cares about what your government is doing in your name with your tax dollars, these sorts of reports will, I hope, cause you to question your government and contact your legislators in Washington.

My own research and reading makes me fear that these reports reveal just the tip of the iceberg. For me --a person old enough to remember the My Lai Massacre being reported on the news-- U.S. behavior in Afghanistan is chilling.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Jason Hicks' May 5 presentation-"A road map of the political landscape of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict"

I just got back from Jason Hicks' "A road map of the political landscape of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" presentation at The Cabin, in Davies Center, UWEC Campus, 7pm-8pm tonight. What an informative talk! I came away from the talk with a better understanding of the "political landscape" there - what is the current stance --vis-a-vis the Palestinians-- of the current Israeli govt, and then, also, the current stances, vis-a-vis Israel, of the Palestinians as represented by: Fateh (West Bank) and Hamas (Gaza). I also came away with a better realization of how important peace there is to my security today as an American, and to the security of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And...I can report that The Cabin was FILLED. I estimate that there was a 100 people in there for the entire hour....from college-age, to high-school age, to old fogies like me! KUDOS and heartfelt thanks to my Voices For Peace Institute co-sponsors of this event-particularly Allison Kimble, UWEC College Democrats, Collin Hawkins, UWEC Society for Peace & Justice in Palestine, the UWEC Model UN Club and the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans!