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"Chuck Norris doesn't read books; he stares them down until he gets the information he wants out of them."
- ChuckNorrisFactsdotcom

Saturday, April 03, 2004
Slow progress, excruciatingly slow, but
progress for all that. People are beginning to get what this is all about.

I don't understand why people have to see the consequences of their ideas demonstrated over and over and over before they begin to question. Yet I do rejoice in every act of questioning. It brings us closer to the day that terrorism is largely abandoned as a means to an end.

posted by Rachel 4/03/2004
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Waaaaay back in November
Zell Miller said:
"I find it hard to believe, but these naive nine have managed to combine the worst feature of the McGovern campaign--the president is a liar and we must have peace at any cost--with the worst feature of the Mondale campaign--watch your wallet, we're going to raise your taxes. George McGovern carried one state in 1972. Walter Mondale carried one state in 1984. Not exactly role models when it comes to how to get elected or, for that matter, how to run a country.

So, as I have said, my choice for president was an easy decision. And my own party's candidates made it even easier."
A few weeks ago Kerry shot himself in the foot again. Good grief these people are learning impaired. How many times do the voters have to reject this nasty brand of guilt anger and taxes? They obviously didn't learn the Minnesota lesson.

What the hell? Half of the polity has gone completely off the deep end. And they just don't get it. De mortuis, nihil nisi bonum dicamus. That makes the choice easy but deeply unsettling.

posted by Rachel 4/03/2004
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Some Ghandi wisdom:

"My business is to refrain from doing any violence myself, and to induce by persuasion and service as many of godís creatures as I can to join me in the belief and practice. But I would be untrue to my faith, if I refused to assist in a just cause any men or measures that did not entirely coincide with the principle of non-violence. I would be promoting violence, if finding the Mussalmans to be in the right, I did not assist them by means strictly non-violent against those who had treacherously plotted the destruction of the dignity of Islam. Even when both parties believe in violence there is often such a thing as justice on one side or the other."


"My resistance to war does not carry me to the point of thwarting those who wish to take part in it. I reason with them. I put before them the better way and leave them to make the choice"


"Non-violence presupposes ability to strike. It is a conscious, deliberate restraint put upon oneís desire for vengeance. But vengeance is any day superior to passive, effeminate and helpless submission. Forgiveness is higher still. Vengeance too is weakness. The desire for vengeance comes out of fear of harm, imaginary or real. A man who fears no one on earth would consider it troublesome even to summon up anger against one who is vainly trying to injure him.

Ahimsa is the extreme limit of forgiveness. But forgiveness is the quality of the brave. Ahimsa is impossible without fearlessness.

My creed of non-violence is an extremely active force. It has no room for cowardice or even weakness. There is hope for a violent man to be some day non-violent but there is none for a coward. I have therefore said more than once in these pages that if we do not know how to defend ourselves, our women and our places of worship by the force of suffering, i.e. non-violence, we must, if we are men, be at least able to defend all these by fighting.

There are two ways of defence. The best and the most effective is not to defend at all, but to remain at oneís post risking every danger. The next best but equally honourable method is to strike bravely in self-defence and put oneís life in the most dangerous positions."


Tom Clancy, of the amazingly predictive novels, wrote at one point about the Palestinians discovering the way to truly destroy Israel. He depicted them marching holding hands and singing "We shall overcome'. Even when threatened with guns they refused to move. An Israeli soldier lost it and shot one. And the balance of power shifted just that quickly.

Imagine how quickly they could achieve their ends if they just eschewed
violence.

Wonder why they don't?

posted by Rachel 4/03/2004
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I had no idea Alton Brown had
a blog. Too cool. Thanks for the link Dan. I have to agree with him. If I could only ever eat one thing, it'd be cheese. I'm a bigger fan after reading it than I was before.

posted by Rachel 4/03/2004
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