[xmca] Fallujah

From: Phil Chappell (philchappell@mac.com)
Date: Sun Jul 23 2006 - 05:10:16 PDT

Dear All,

I was 10 when the image of the child running down the Vietnamese
highway with napalm burns all over his body was being viewed across
the world. In suburban Melbourne (Australia), in my comfortable
middle class home, I wasn't even aware at that age that there was a
serious infringement on world peace being dealt by the country that
gave us Peter, Paul and Mary and Kentucky Fried Chicken. Way more
sophisticated than Daddy Cool or a tepid meat pie.

34 years later and I feel like I am still in an eggshell. The
destruction of Fallujah happened without me knowing, and how many
others? A war crime of serious proportions - 7,000 citizens killed,
the use of a new chemical (white phosphorous) that turns humans into
"caramelised fossils". It even has a nick name - Willy Pete.

We get so caught up in our busy lives that we don't get to intersect
with seriously, depressingly and really real human activity that is
going on around us. Okay, the use of pronouns for inclusion is a tad
over the top, but am I the only one who didn't "spare a thought" for
those affected at Fallujah? And where else in the world can we find
these despairing activities happening - the list is, of course, way
too long. And it keeps rolling on - Lebanon hot of the press...

Okay, off topic, but I needed to say something, and folks here are
sympathetic listeners.


There's a video at the link below that should be seen...in fact, many


Download video here http://www.chris-floyd.com/fallujah/fallujah_ING.wmv

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