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picture18 Sep 2003 @ 02:09, by Dave da Shaman

terrorism can only grow where there is no hope of peaceful change
we have seen that in Northern Ireland, where centuries of colonial misrule led to decades of bombings and shooting

terror can come in many forms however, and nation states have the armies and equipment to wage war on poor people all over the globe

is very difficult for us in the wealthy west to empathise with those who seek to destroy the system, but we should always bear in mind that this system is responsible for much that is both positive and negative on our planet

and we must not identify with that system, it is not our system, they are not our nation states - the system is perpetuated for the benefits of the elites

the latest round of international trade negotiations are an example of the lack of love and respect that the powerful feel for the relatively powerless, and this by folk who claim to be christian - can you imagine jesus driving trade talks that force the majority of the world's population to live in poverty so that a few can gorge and grow obese?

we are shamed by the actions of our so called negotiators and representitives

personally, I feel that this crazy state of affairs will continue while we persist with this out-dated and divisive system of nation-states

we are citizens of the world not a particular country

(this piece was a comment on news log owned by cosman64, in response to a piece entitled :"Suprising attack and suprising response" by Haohua Jiang)

I woke up this morning with a burning need to say something about modern states. Had a look at a newslog I hadn't seen before and lo and behold 'twas rather relevant to my mindset today.[Edit]



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18 Sep 2003 @ 02:30 by jstarrs : Totally agree Dave...
...we can only sail this boat cooperatively!
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Ed. but what of the drunken sailors who currently pilot the vessel of state(s)?  



18 Sep 2003 @ 05:10 by spiritseek : Through them over board...
if it was so easy I'm sure the pirates would of done it already! They seem to hang each other sooner or later, but waiting is the hardest part. Peace

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Ed. Argh, shiver me timbers, trouble is there's always another scurvy knave, ready to take over the capstan, me hearties !  



18 Sep 2003 @ 07:24 by istvan : Don't throw the BUMS out,
recicle them. Is that not more crative?
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Ed. certainly is - or we could freeze them until a long time in the future re-icicle them lol!  



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