Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Gandhi the gun nut
Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
Just like the Nazis taking the Jews’ guns away.
He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honour by nonviolently facing death may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor.
Patriotic near-pacifism but not pacifism is the way to go.

Beware the military-journalism complex
From Rod Dreher
You know all those retired generals and other military officers we’ve all seen on TV these past few years, explaining events in Iraq? Turns out that most of them were, or have been, more or less on the Pentagon’s payroll.
CounterPunch on McCain’s PoW past
I almost didn’t include this as I haven’t walked in McCain’s shoes (I can’t take having a cold so who am I to judge a waterboarding victim?) but this is a service-academy graduate who should have been able to take it

On the same page:

Dan Cassidy remembers the Weather Underground
... a mostly upper- and upper-middle class, immature, narcissistic group of misguided ultra-leftists who had no understanding of the working class... Unlike the Panthers, or the IRA, for instance... or the need to build a mass base.

They were, in fact, an impediment to efforts to build a broader based anti-war movement.
Is state-subsidised ethanol contributing to a world food shortage?

From Joshua Snyder.

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