"Ilan means tree. Before he died, Ilan Ramon sent the following message
back to earth:
'I call upon every Jew in the world to plant a tree in
the land of Israel during the coming year. I would like to see at least 13 or 14 million new trees.'"
:: Peter 2/06/2003 09:26:00 AM [+] ::
:: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 ::
At first I thought 'What an interesting idea.' One problem with it is obvious, 'Saddam's thugs will kill anyone with a camera, at worst, or merely confiscate the cameras at best. And, most likely, Saddam will take all the confiscated cameras, set up idyllic scenes, reminiscent of the 'Camps' which Red Cross watchers were allowed to visit during World War II and take lots of shiny happy pictures.' Then I finished reading the letter:
"Camera as weapon
It reaffirms one’s faith in humanity to see activists like Ken Nichols O’Keefe.
I think this highly one-sided war of aggression is best resisted by sending a truckload of cameras (cheap disposable ones will do just fine) to Iraqi people to enable them to record the true horrors that are about to be inflicted on them. The US-UK coalition will most likely severely restrict independent press access just as they did in Afghanistan.
This war will be won by the camera — and long after the guns have fallen silent.
David, London, UK published 5 February 2003"
David's not suggesting we document the human right horrors of Saddam Hussein. He's suggesting we document the 'true horrors that are about to be inflicted on (the Iraqi people)' by, I suppose the 'US-UK coalition.'
David, what are you going to think when, long after the war is over, the truth comes out? Or, like the holocaust deniers today, is your head so far in the sand that no matter how many facts try to shovel you out you'll never see daylight again?
:: Peter 2/05/2003 08:18:00 AM [+] ::
Some thought processes I simply do not understand:
"(Michael) Jackson was notoriously accused of molesting a child 10 years ago, though charges were never filed, and the King of Pop, while denying any wrongdoing, paid a multimillion-dollar settlement to the family to avoid what he called in the interview ''a long, drawn-out thing on TV like O.J.'' Nonetheless, Jackson said he still hosts sleepovers for kids at his Neverland Ranch, where he'll serve them milk and cookies and share his bed with them. ''It's not sexual, we're going to sleep. I tuck them in,'' he said. ''It's very charming, it's very sweet.'' He recalled how, years ago, he spent the night with the Culkin kids. ''I slept in a bed with all of them when Macaulay Culkin was little. Kieran Culkin would sleep on this side, Macaulay Culkin was on this side, his sisters in there. We all would just jam in the bed.''"