I Won't Renew With Amnesty International
Mr. Henderson wrote this –
government intervenes, the particular government officials making the decisions
have very little of their own wealth on the line. They don't get spectacularly
rich if they make a good decision or spectacularly poor if they make a bad one.
Therefore, they have little incentive to make good decisions. In fact, perversely,
they may get even wealthier by making bad decisions."
I thought he might have been speaking about any of the already fabulously wealthy
CEOs who have mismanaged huge corporations, then collected golden-parachute rewards
on their way out of the ruins left behind them.
you sure it's a problem with government?
Daniel Raphael, University Place, Washington
As for corporations, executive pay is correlated with the performance of the
firm. You can find exceptions, but the correlation is, I believe, very highly
you read what you said?
Mr. Cox asked his members to write letters to various oppressive governments,
or even to give money to a private militia to go over and go after bad guys in
Darfur, I would have had no trouble and might have even sent a check."
wish that AI would stick to advocating peaceful rather than coercive solutions."
cannot have it both ways Mr. Henderson. This is defined as "hypocrisy."
~ Michael FitzPatrick
R. Henderson replies:
But it's not hypocrisy; it's just plain carelessness on my part. So let me be
more careful. I think the odds that Amnesty International will ever advocate coercive,
but purely defensive, solutions that don't involve government are slim to none.
Given that, I want them to stick to advocating peaceful solutions. I would prefer
that some other private organization come along to raise money to fund private
militias. But, of course, the U.S. government has long prevented that. Thank you
for reading my article so carefully.
Majority Wants Iraq Pullout Date Set
reports, "Poll: Majority wants Iraq pullout date set." OK, that's certainly
good to know.
– for "balance," we suppose – the article goes on to tell us that
killing Zarqawi has bumped up Dubya's approval rating for "handling" the war.
since CNN, like our politicians, doesn't want to emphasize popular disgust with
the entire venture and its architects, you have to go to pollingreport.com to
find out that the CNN article forgot to mention some other important results from
the poll. For example:
(1) With Zarqawi
now dead, the percentage who say the Iraq war is going moderately or very badly
is UP a point – to 54 percent – while the number who say the Iraq war is going
very or moderately well is DOWN two points – to 41 percent. The percentage who
say the war is going "very badly" is up three points, to 26 percent.
(2) The percentage
of Americans who say the Iraq war was "a mistake" is still a solid majority,
down by only one percentage point, to 54 percent.
(3) In answer
to CNN's brand new question – the refreshingly simple, "Do you favor or oppose
the U.S. war with Iraq?" – the nays have it, 54 percent to 38 percent.
is your organization not publicly and with equal vigor condemning the terrorists'
torture murder today of two American soldiers, as you would so quickly criticize
the Bush administration were it the other way around, such as with the Haditha
massacred at Haditha were civilians. The two Americans killed were combatants.
If you don't know or care what the difference between these two classifications
of people in a war zone is, you should remove yourself from the debate because
ignorance such as yours is keeping us from having valid arguments.
I see or read attacks on people like John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Sen. Obama,
or MoveOn.org, it prompts me to think that the neocons, cunning as they are, have
infiltrated the organization in question.
most extensive and desperate attack made by these "so-called" progressive organizations
are almost always reserved for the progressives who are most likely to assume
positions and authority to make positive changes in the political and commercial
and moral behavior of this country and that of other foreign countries.
I can tell you
after 142 years of internal bickering and backbiting within the Afro-American
civil rights movement that these activities are almost always more counterproductive
than the worst actions taken by our true mortal enemies, the Ku Klux Klan, W.A.R.,
and other white supremacist groups.
a consequence, Afro-American high school and college male graduation rates are
actually decreasing. Illegitimate births have more than doubled within our community
in the last 40+ years. And our political power is hopelessly diffused and self-negating
because of polarizing issues such as homosexuality and abortion.
The world cannot
survive if we fall prey to the same (neocon-funded and provoked) internecine
battling. The FBI was proven to attempt, somewhat successfully, the same tactics
to minimize the effectiveness of the civil rights movement from the early '50s
well into the present (the Reverend T.D. Jakes, anyone?).
advice and heartfelt plea is for all of us to:
Find the common ground.
supportive of essentially like-minded organizations and candidates.
Once we have amassed
a useful level of control over the moral, military, and political wars, and
begun to make the most urgent lifesaving changes, then we will have the time
and resources to do the necessary "purification."
Many of those
destructively strident liberals of the sixties now work in responsible executive
positions in the boardrooms and committees of the most virulent neoconservative
organizations (political, commercial, and evangelical).
do otherwise is simply to subvert the tremendous promise of the progressive movement
better than the neoconservatives ever could, and cause the swift, horrible death
of the world as we know it.
Louis A. Spain Jr.
Obama, Kerry: all are explicitly pro-war. The fact that they think the war should
be fought differently doesn't make them better. In fact, in some ways, it makes
them worse. The Iraq war was illegal, immoral, and counterproductive, regardless
of how many bullies joined in on the gang-up. These politicians think that somehow
having more join in on the immorality makes it okay. They are as evil as any other
warmongers. MoveOn.org is another matter; it has revealed itself to be just a
way to subvert real antiwar activists into the Democratic Party, which is planning
another self-destructive plunge by avoiding the key issue of the war.