keep it dark (snidegrrl) wrote,
keep it dark

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I guess I wasn't done thinking.

On the way home I couldn't stop thinking about the war, and I suppose that it's really hard to hide from it at this point. But in a very strange turn of events for me, I find this refreshing. I really want to understand what's going on. So I asked myself what *do* I know about the history of Iraq. For those of you with like no time, here is a really quick timeline that takes a little while to load. Like, I didn't even know that Saddam assumed power of Iraq in 1979.

The next thing they talked about on the news were the peace protests... I confess, while I yearn for peace, I don't understand a protest that tries to block congress from performing their jobs. Maybe it is designed to get the most attention? I mean, I have serious problems with some of the things the U.S. government does, but stopping them from going forward doesn't make much sense to me. Maybe I misheard and protesters are not actually trying to block congresspeople from getting to their jobs, they are just trying to get near them so they'll be more aware that there are citizens of this country against the war.

I also remembered something in Bush's speech that heartened me a little bit. He said, "We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people." I'm really glad he gave at least lip service to respecting someone else's religious faith.

Finally, I heard some good news in that the senate voted yesterday to prevent oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Find out how your senator voted. Because this isn't dead yet.


In thinking about this, I keep asking myself to think carefully about how I imagine people in Iraq and Kuwait feel. I think important for people who are ordinary U.S. citizens to carefully and well-informedly consider what an ordinary citizen in those countries feels like. I think about what it would be like to hear the air raid sirens. I think about what it would be like to not have the internet. I think about looking forward to having my country occupied by people who had just been dropping bombs on it. What other things... can I imagine. How can I put myself there.
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