I recall in the early/mid-1980s reading an article in, I think,
Time/Newsweek/USNews and World Report about "new group" rising in Washington
political life, rightists/far rightists, (some of them) "born again"
Christians, who rather believed in Armageddon. I think Cheney and Perls were
among the names. Does anyone remember this? Is there an index to any of
these magazines one can search online for that period? Anyone with friends
in a library periodicals department?
Otherwise, I think right now our most effective, and urgent, action is to
reach the most people most quickly. We can remind people about showing
mourning through precisely *not* killing more people, and about the terror
and murder of innocents should we attack Afghanistan (or anywhere) and the
risk if Pakistan should (get destabilized and) come in against the US, and
about the irrationality of military attack as a response (and
counter-productivity of "making an example").
We can also very simply remind people that even "evil" acts usually have
causes, then get into the economic effects of US politicy--bit by bit. But
the mood right now is such that even hints of this seem, to some listeners,
as if we're "excusing those terrorists," etc. So--gently, reach people
starting where they're at, but it's urgent. I've even phoned/written
congresspersons--be sure to write to thank Barbara Lee!--and newspapers.
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