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We Missed Meeting, But…

Posted by admin on Feb 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

…… we can still share Quaker community-building despite the storm and inability to physically ‘cluster’ as we usually do, Thanks to local print media we have opportunity to ‘hear’ (well. read!) messages from, and about, two of our Asheville Friends Meeting regulars:
1] The current Mountain Xpress (Jan 27 — Feb 2, bottom of page 7) has a fine letter from Susan Oehler, decrying the on-going war efforts of our nation, particularly in the Middle East (could access to petroleum be behind all this calculated mahem?) .
2] The Asheville Citizen-Times (Thursday, Jan 28 — page A6) has a page-long single column commentary on our Laura Maynard and her seven-year journey as a ‘Big Sister” to a young woman in our community.
Well written, and a lovely tribute to Friend Laura.
Stay warm and dry, Jim

(The Citizen-Times’ tribute to Laura MAY be on the website, but I can’t locate it, The Mountain Xpress letter from Susan is re-printed, below)

 
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Xpress Letter by Susan Oehler

Posted by admin on Feb 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Wanting more than “war, war and more war”
by Susan Oehler

I am often distressed at how our country and elected officials keep making war, war and more war. It is a failed and unproductive policy that will bankrupt us financially and spiritually, and has destroyed the lives of millions of innocent people. And there is no end in sight.

Remember “shock and awe”? That bombing campaign was supposed to get Saddam and his imaginary WMDs, but it only killed innocent people who lived in Iraq. That was well over six years ago, and today the Iraqi people are seeing extraordinary increases in birth defects and cancer rates. Millions of them fled the country of their birth and they are not going to return. It is a hideous, murderous crime we fostered on them.

And now it appears we will be doing the same thing to Afghanistan under a different president. Afghanistan currently has one of the most corrupt governments in the world. President Karzai was recently “elected” for the next five years in a fraud-filled election. We are fighting over there to preserve a very corrupt government that the native population does not support.

Mr. Obama somehow managed to get a “peace prize” while running two occupations and bombing a third country, Pakistan. Hundreds of civilians have been killed by drone bombings in Pakistan, and in just one year, the Obama administration has killed more civilians there than the Bush administration ever did. …

I really don’t think the CIA knows what they are doing. They are sure killing people though, and those deaths are inspiring protests in Pakistan, just like the Afghan deaths are inspiring protests in Afghanistan. I would bet they are inspiring more than protests.

Just last month, I heard that the U.S. was behind some bombings in Yemen that killed almost two dozen children. If this turns out to be true, we will be occupying two countries and bombing two more. Who knows? Maybe there are even more countries we are bombing.

We are spending more on our military, wars, bombings and occupations of foreign countries than we are spending on infrastructure here at home. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.” This is a quote from Martin Luther King Jr., and I agree with him.

— Susan Oehler, Asheville

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