[saymaListserv] Afganistan turning into a "Huge US Jail"

Nancy Winfrey nwinfrey at bellsouth.net
Sat Apr 2 12:28:14 JEST 2005

Hello Friends,

Nancy said it would be ok to pass this message on to the SAYMA list.




The abuses of power are not new.  Once again, there are many causes, from 
inexperienced soldiers all the way to those who join the military because 
it is a milieu where cruel tendencies can be indulged.  God alone knows 
when our civilization will be ready to forego violence.  Until then, as a 
Quaker, I feel I have two duties:

1.    Being an example - which means not using violence and speaking out 
against it when encountered.

2.    Persuading others to follow that example, which only works 
one-on-one.  Even Jesus wasn't successful in converting everyone, nor did 
he expect to.  The parable about the sower and the seed illustrated 
this.  When God wills a complete change, non-violence will become a human 
attribute for all.  Until then, all I can do is pray for peace and follow 
the above.

In addition, "Speaking Truth to Power" when opportunity arises, and being 
an educated and concerned citizen who votes is a third duty.

Nancy Winfrey

-------Original Message-------

From: <mailto:freepolazzo at comcast.net>free polazzo
Date: 04/01/05 18:22:23
To: <mailto:sayma at kitenet.net>sayma at kitenet.net; 
<mailto:afmdiscussion at yahoogroups.com>Atlanta Friends Meeting
Subject: [saymaListserv] Afganistan turning into a "Huge US Jail"

Hello Friends,
War is not the answer!  We know this in our  Quaker souls.   How to help 
those who think that the "ends justifies the means!"?  Perhaps it's by 
staying informed of the truth of the war against terror.  (and all the 
other wars the US is fighting).
US Citizens are NOT being told the truth about how we are treating 
prisoners we take captive.   If they knew, perhaps the mistreatment would 
stop.    Remember that our Quaker ancestors languished in jails for no 
reason other than they worshiped in ways that were not accepted by the 
governments in power.    Let us not forget them as new prisoners are 
mistreated by our government.
The article from "Truthout.org" tells what is happening in Afganistan.  Not 
reported in the media, so we have to use SAYMA Kitenet to get the truth out.
An excerpt from the attached article is copied below:

"And perhaps this event above all others - of a nervous phalanx of US 
marines forcing its way across a prayer ground on one of the holiest, most 
joyous days in the Islamic calendar, an itching trigger away from a 
Somalian-style dogfight of their own making - is the one that encapsulates 
everything that has gone wrong with the global war against terror. The US 
army came to Afghanistan as liberators and now are feared as governors, 
judges and jailers. How many US marines know what James Madison, an 
architect of the US constitution, wrote in 1788? Reflecting on the War of 
Independence in which Americans were arbitrarily arrested and detained 
without trial by British forces, Madison concluded that the "accumulation 
of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary, in the same hands may 
justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny"
The full article can be found 
at:       http://www.truthout.org/docs_2005/040105C.shtml

Long but important.
Peace doesn't mean "Peace of Mind"

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