File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2003/lyotard.0302, message 70


Date: Sun, 16 Feb 2003 11:39:13 +1000
Subject: Re: GLOBAL PEACE DEMONSTRATIONS



Judy/All,

The Blair statement, as Lois expressed it below, was not limited to "his own
people"..

It seems to me that the larger context of the Blair statement is:   "For
which deaths is the leader of a nation-state responsible"?.  I've looked up
statistics on the U.S. Civil War, and found there were more than 600,000
deaths, many not directly related to battles.

In the 1970's, some accused LBJ of responsibility for the deaths of American
soldiers - who were of course "his own people".

I would imagine the same was true of Lincoln in the early years before he
found competent generals.  And the "enemy" were also "his own people".
Without wars, all nations of the globe could be "our" people..

I think the U.S. has a great opportunity to re-invigorate the United Nations
and conduct a world-wide Peace Offensive.  We are budgeting a $billion a day
for
war. If GWB sent a million dollars a day to 365,000 friends as tax refunds
he
could guarantee his election in 2004 without help from Florida or the
Supremes.

But it would be better to spend it in make the United Nations a global
keeper of
Peace.

The fact that Spaniards and Italians and people of the U.K. support Peace,
not War in spite of their governments' official position, is good news for
global
peace..

Spain is a beautiful country I've visited several times.  The people endured
Franco for decades, and Barcelona ran out of champagne the night Franco
died.

>  "Anti-war demonstrators should remember the hundreds of
>  thousands of people whose deaths the Iraqi leader was
>  responsible for, Mr Blair said. "

regards,
Hugh



   

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