Bomb them with butter, bribe them with hope.

Marcie Rosenzweig fullcircle at
Thu Sep 20 14:33:08 EDT 2001

Hi Folks,

Most of you know how much I appreciate out-of-the-box thinking.  What 
do you suppose would happen if this was to be our response?


Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 13:15:09 -0400
Subject: IFFS: Food as a Weapon...
From: Tim Bowser <timbowser at>
This unique and thought provoking piece has particular relevance to our
network.  It was passed on to me by Rochelle Kelvin who urged its


Subject: Bomb them with butter, bribe them with hope.
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 21:49:31 EDT

A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly
what the terrorists want.  It will strengthen and swell their small but
fanatical ranks.

Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and
medicine.  It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of
US casualties and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the
Taliban don't have the answers.  After three years of drought and with
starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new
future. One that includes full stomachs.

Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world
leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism.  Carpet the
  country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of terrorism
committed by their "guest".  Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD
players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their
government. Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets
through.  Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.

The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead,
let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years.  Seeing
  your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and
a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is
that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world.  That
includes handing over terrorists in their midst.

In responding to terrorism we need to do something different. Something
unexpected..something that addresses the root of the problem.  We need
to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the
Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror.


    Please pass this along.
Marcie A. Rosenzweig
Full Circle
3377 Early Times Ln
Auburn, CA  95603-7900
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