February 7th, 2003

don't fear death

Friday Five Time

1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
coffee. the usual is coffee and OJ. my tummy doesn't wake up until early afternoon.

2. What's your favorite cereal?
i don't care much for cereal. probably because i don't like milk. when i was a kid i used to like captain crunch peanut butter right out of the box without milk and i'd pick all the charms out of lucky charms....they were magically delicious.

3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
three or four times a week. don't need it to change...i don't cook.

4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
whatever.... menus make good recipes.

5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
bon temps on poydras. the food is excellent and the service is always good.
don't fear death

muslims

i generally do try not to respond to ignorance and instead hit my delete key. i try not to waste time and words on people who just don't have a clue. but every now and then something i read lingers with me and does get to me, such was the case with an email i read this morning about the post office releasing a muslim stamp. the email is going around and i don't know who initially wrote it, but i am going to paste it here.

>Muslim Stamps....
>
>
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>PanAm Flight 103.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the World Trade Center in 1993.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the Marine Barracks in Lebanon.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the American Embassies in Africa.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the USS COLE.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the
>World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the
>Pentagon on 9/11/01.
>
>REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost
>in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.
>
>Now the United States Postal Service
>REMEMBERS and HONORS the MUSLIM
>with a commemorative first class postage stamp.
>
>I strongly urge you to REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT
>this
>stamp when purchasing your stamps at the post office.
>
>To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those
>AMERICANS
>who
>died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.
>
>I also strongly urge you to pass this along
>to every Patriotic American you know,
>whether by email or otherwise.


this is pure ignorance. first of all the post office is re-releasing this stamp. it isn't new. there are muslim americans. yes,
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i generally do try not to respond to ignorance and instead hit my delete key. i try not to waste time and words on people who just don't have a clue. but every now and then something i read lingers with me and does get to me, such was the case with an email i read this morning about the post office releasing a muslim stamp. the email is going around and i don't know who initially wrote it, but i am going to paste it here.

<font color="#008000">>Muslim Stamps....
>
>
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>PanAm Flight 103.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the World Trade Center in 1993.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the Marine Barracks in Lebanon.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the military Barracks in Saudi Arabia.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the American Embassies in Africa.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM bombing of
>the USS COLE.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the
>World Trade Center on 9/11/01.
>
>REMEMBER the MUSLIM attack on the
>Pentagon on 9/11/01.
>
>REMEMBER all the AMERICAN lives that were lost
>in those vicious MUSLIM attacks.
>
>Now the United States Postal Service
>REMEMBERS and HONORS the MUSLIM
>with a commemorative first class postage stamp.
>
>I strongly urge you to REMEMBER to adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT
>this
>stamp when purchasing your stamps at the post office.
>
>To use this stamp would be a slap in the face to all those
>AMERICANS
>who
>died at the hands of those whom this stamp honors.
>
>I also strongly urge you to pass this along
>to every Patriotic American you know,
>whether by email or otherwise.
</font>

this is pure ignorance. first of all the post office is <i>re-releasing</i> this stamp. it isn't new. there are muslim americans. yes, <b<i>>AMERICANS</b</i>. the post office commemorates holidays of <i>all</i> americans. why shouldn't we have an Eid stamp when we have christmas, hanakuh, cinco de mayo and kwanza? a friend of mine has a muslim neighbor. after 9/11 this man wouldn't leave his house without carrying an american flag. i knew a muslim couple from india who refused to leave their house at all and kept their children home from school. they feared their fellow americans, simply because of the religion they followed. it broke my heart.

few americans had a clue about islam until 9/11. few americans have a clue about what led up to 9/11. even fewer are aware of what america has done to muslim countries, directly or indirectly.

what's with generalizations? how can people blame an entire religion for the acts of radicals?

do we blame all christians for koresh? for the annihilation of native americans? the bombing of abortion clinics? the lynching of gays?
do we blame all pagans for the acts of hitler?
do we blame all catholics for the pedophiliac priests?
do we blame all jews for the attack on worshipping muslims in hebron? the assassination of Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin?
do we blame all buddhists for the tokoyo subway gassing?
do we blame all hindus for the destruction of mosques in india?

so do we blame all muslims for (what may or may not have been) a radical islamic attack on america?

why do muslims hate americans? it is a question many americans ask yet don't seek to find the answer or don't like it when they hear it.
why do americans hate muslims? a question i heard from more than one muslim when i lived in india.
i remember well a muslim rickshaw driver who, when learning i was an american, expressed sincere condolences over the september 11th attacks on america. "i'm muslim, but i'm not that kind of muslim," he told me.

i am american and i don't blame muslims at all. i don't blame arabs. i blame whoever is ultimately responsible for the attack and that is, in part, the american government as well as those who financed and ordered the acts. i don't blame the men who boarded those planes. they were doing what they believed was right. i don't blame the americans who dropped cluster bombs in afghanistan that have killed and maimed innocent afghans. i blame the american government.

why <b><i>do</b></i> they hate us? in the words of our own.....

"I will never apologize for the United States of America - I don't care what the facts are."
--President George Bush 1988 [Bush was demonstrating his patriotism by excusing an act of cold-blooded mass-murder by the U.S. Navy. On July 3, 1988 the U.S. Navy warship Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner. All 290 civilian people in the aircraft were killed. The plane was on a routine flight in a commercial corridor in Iranian airspace. The targeting of it by the U.S. Navy was blatantly illegal. That it was grossly immoral is also obvious. Except to a patriot.]

"If they turn on the radars we're going to blow up their goddamn SAMs (surface-to-air missiles). They know we own their country. We own their airspace... We dictate the way they live and talk. And that's what's great about America right now. It's a good thing, especially when there's a lot of oil out there we need."
--U.S. Brig. General William Looney (Interview Washington Post, August 30, 1999) [Referring, in reality, to the brutal mass-murder of hundreds of civilian Iraqi men, women and children during 10,000 sorties by American/British war criminals in the first eight months of 1999]

"I want to scare the hell out of the rest of the world."
-- US General Colin Powell talking about US military power prior to the Gulf War in 1991

"To date, we've arrested or otherwise dealt with many key commanders of al Qaeda . . . All told, more than 3,000 suspected terrorists have been arrested in many countries. Many others have met a different fate. Let's put it this way - they are no longer a problem to the United States and our friends and allies."
--Bush, State of the Union Address. otherwise dealt with? met a different fate? let's remember officials were seeking Salman Hamdani, a 23-year-old New York City police cadet, whose remains were finally found, after six months, near the North Tower, with his EMT medical bag beside him, presumably trying to help those in need.

"It's a hard decision, but we think the price ... is worth it."
-- Secretary of State Madelaine Albright talking about Iraqi children starving and dying as a result of the US embargo of food and medicine

"It really was a big help to the army. They probably killed a lot of people, and I probably have a lot of blood on my hands, but that's not all bad."
-- Robert Martens, former member of the US Embassy's political section in Jakarta, in 1990, discussing the 1965 US-backed coup in Indonesia

"[Genocide] certainly is a valid word in my view, when you have a situation where we see thousands of deaths per month, a possible total of I million to 1.5 million over the last nine years. If that is not genocide, then I don't know quite what is."
"We are in the process of destroying an entire nation. It is as simple and terrifying as that. It is illegal and immoral."
-- Denis Halliday, former UN humanitarian coordinator - on effect of US sanctions on Iraqi people

what have we done to the muslims for years?

why do americans hate muslims? some americans..... ignorance. generalities. just as the taliban are not al queda, all muslims are not terrorists. one must separate the faith from the radicals using the faith as a weapon. and it seems to me AMERICA has been the greatest terrorist.

further, we are so incredibly hypocritical as a nation. how many times has america killed innocent civilians in acts of terror. not war....i am talking about acts of <i>terrorism</i>. like the CIA bomb planted to kill Shiek Fadlallah that missed and killed 80 people, including children. some of you may say that it is different because we missed and the 9/11 terrorists intentionally killed civilians. i am not defending them. but each place at which they aimed held government offices, they chose civilian containers as bombs. america has killed more innocent civilians, in fact, more children, than terrorists that targeted us.

and nuclear weapons? hypocrisy. we are the only country to not only have weapons of mass destruction, but to have actually used them more than once. and we are <b>the largest</b> exporter of weapons in the world. the missiles that kill palestinians daily are made in the good old U S of A. we can have them, and use them, but you can't.

war IS terror.... sad what it will take for america to see that.