Bomb them with butter, bribe them with hope.

Michaele Blakely mjb at
Fri Sep 21 00:34:25 EDT 2001

Ahhh Marcie,  you know I'm a peace loving soul.   But.......

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

This is true.
> Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and
> medicine.

Up until last week we were sending quite a bit of aid.

> Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world.

Too many Afghanis would probably die before saturation was reached.  It is
now against the law to have these machines.

> 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.

I'm sure there are a lot of Afghans that would like them gone as well.

IF reports prove true there already are a lot of well fed people from
terrorists organizations out there.  A full stomach is not going to stop a
The Taliban are taken care of.  It is the citizens of Afghan that are
hungry.  And who should become civilized?  The Taliban or the Afghani's ?.
The Afghans seem pretty civilized to me.  We don't have the same world view
I imagine.  One of my closest friends in high school was a girl from Syria.
Her family became my second.
Although we were very close there were fundamental differences in our
approach to life.  Occasionaly it got in the way, but not often.  That's
what I would ask.

> 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.

No, we need to get rid of killers and let the rest of the world solve their
problems as how they see fit.  That's not to say we shouldn't offer aid if
necessary, but to demand people think the way we do is
>just a bit chauvenistic.

I'm not sure how this should happen.  It is in the foremost of my thoughts
that it is done intelligently, compassionately and efficiently.

Take care,
Growing Things
Carnation Wa
PS.  On a personal note, and I know I'm using list space,  I haven't
answered your last note because I spilled a "liquid" on the keyboard and had
to get it replaced.  I wanted to before this tragedy but put it off  because
of time but am now feeling compelled to maintain and touch base with all
important to me.  I will as soon as time slows down for me.  Aside from
these days, I hope things are going well for you.

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