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Thursday, March 02, 2006

An Insult to Peace, Non-Violence and Economic Justice

U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush attend a wreath laying ceremony in honor of Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in New Delhi March 2, 2006. (REUTERS/Jim Young)


"Merely going to Raj Ghat doesn't make him (Bush) a votary of peace. His faith in war and weapon supremacy is to be criticised."
-Tushar Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's great-grandson

""The only way that Bush can honor Gandhi is by showing greater compassion for the poor people of the world and not by laying a wreath at his memorial."
-Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson and founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

"First they tried to see whether he would address Parliament, but most of the MPs said they would heckle and boycott so that was canceled. So now he will be speaking in the zoo - to some eminent people and some caged animals. I don't know if the lions can disagree, the cockatoos might say they are against globalization. It's really kind of funny."
-Arundhati Roy, activist and writer

3 Comments:

At 3/03/2006 6:15 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Then there's the good news...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060302/ap_on_re_as/bush;_ylt=AvIp3Jr4g.t602Tf9MRAY3as0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-

 
At 3/03/2006 6:45 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

For more on nukes from Democracy Now:
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/02/148233
A new nuclear age appears to be on the horizon. President Bush recently asked Congress for $27 million to help jumpstart the country's first new nuclear weapons program in two decades. As we broadcast from New Mexico - the center of the country's nuclear weapons program - we speak with Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group.

 
At 3/03/2006 8:55 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Well, I'm for it...

1 - It gives us access & monitoring of India's nuclear program, without the bureaucracy & corruption of the UN.

2 - It promotes the use of nuclear energy (something which cannot get past the raving environuts here at home) in an accelerating industrial economy, lessening demand for fossil fuels, and in turn lowering the costs for all.
Beats the hell out of ethanol and wind power in a practical sense.

3 - It will only lead to far greater access to India's economy at all levels, which Wall Street, and the average American investor, will love.

4 - It encourages diplomacy between India & Pakistan (as well as strengthens our relationship with both parties, which will assist us as an arbiter in conflict) by reducing nuclear tensions in the region.

5 - It provides a model by which Iran looks more the rogue lunatic, isolating them at the UN.

6 - It could well lead to a future base of operations in the region outside of Muslim countries, a source of much strife and propaganda tool for those that refer to us as occupiers and/or crusaders.

7 - It will counterbalance Chinese influence in south Asia, and greatly increase our capabilities in any conflict over Taiwan/North Korea.

 

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