Snuff It #1
Letters to the editor
After our war in Iraq, Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institute commented that
"Bill Clinton needed to be a patriot" because he avoided service in
Vietnam. Am I the only one who finds Clinton's "patriotism" repulsive?
As with Vietnam, the media was quick to criticize the president's action, but
only on tactical grounds. The war left "tyranny intact", and the
Boston Globe called for Bill Clinton to help "the Iraqi people overthrow
their tyrant". If I publicly called for the American people to overthrow
Bill Clinton, I would be arrested for sedition!
The average American consumes roughly 100 times the resources of one
tribeswoman in Kenya, and about ten times as much as the average world citizen.
Harvard zoologist E.O. Wilson has calculated that if the rest of the Earth used
resources at the rate the United States and Japan do, the planet could sustain a
population of only 200 million. The United States directly supports tyrants all
over the world, so long as they allow us to exploit their resources. Like the
Mafia, we make examples out of both Vietnam and Iraq because they refuse to play
The media concentrates our "patriotism" on these few tyrants who are
foolish enough to oppose us, in order to raise public support for punishing or
killing them. The "useful" tyrants are ignored if possible, or if
necessary, their hideous crimes are reported as mysterious "civil wars".
The Globe recently lamented that "the world paid little heed...as Indonesian
troops killed thousands of separatists" in Timor without even mentioning that
this slaughter was paid for almost entirely by United States taxpayers through
direct military aid!
-Noam Chomsky, Rm 20D-219, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139
I couldn't have put it better myself! -Ed.
What kind of "church" promotes death? The New Testament meaning
of the word church denotes an organized community acknowledging the
Lord Jesus Christ as their supreme ruler, and meeting statedly or as
opportunities offer for religious worship. The purpose for Christ's coming
to earth was to bring life. God is life, and God is love. That is why your
use of the word church in connection with terms such as euthanasia and suicide
is a contradiction in terminology. As a mother and grandmother I appeal to
you to cease distribution of bumper stickers and other propaganda that promotes
-Shirley Spencer, Box 12609, Oklahoma City, OK 73157
It's dinner time! Send us your virgins! -Ed.
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