[fyeg_gen-l] a different way to protest again war

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Mon Feb 17 10:13:04 CET 2003

No I heard it too. i don't think it is a goodf idea at the moment with fears 
over Anthrax and Ricin. There have been various sacres caused by stuff 
sent through the post. For example a package marked "Gift" was wrongly 
interpreted by a German speaker as poison.

Marcus Petz

Am 15 Feb 2003 um 21:55 hat Sascha Bachmann geschrieben:

> Hi,
> I'm skeptical on this, but maybe the story below is right. But I believe at 
> the moment so many geo-strategic and economic reasons are for Bush 
> administration to bomb Iraq, that even tons of rice won't help to prevent 
> this war.
> But good to know this for future activities, I'm unfortunatly sure, Iraq 
> won't be last target.
> Sascha
> P.S.: 500.000 people in Berlin participated on demonstration against war 
> today, lots of Green and Green Youth members. Great!
> --
> "We can do no great things,
> We can only do small things with great love."
> 1) Place 1/2 c. uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-sized bag or
> sandwich bag works fine).
> 2) Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag.
> 3) Wrap it in a piece of paper on which you have written: "If your enemies
> are hungry, feed them. (Romans 12:20)  Please send this rice to the people
> of Iraq; do not attack them."
> 4) Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or
> small padded mailing envelope - both are the same cost to mail) and
> address it to:
> President George Bush
> White House - 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
> Washington, DC 20500
> (Feel free to apply this to your own government!)
> Drop this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act NOW so that President
> Bush and Prime Minister Chretien get our letters as soon as possible!
> In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
> thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House and Parliament Hill. We
> can do this if we all forward this message to our friends and family. If we
> get the message out, there will be packets from hundreds of thousands of
> people!
> There is a positive history of this protest! Read on!
> In the mid 1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning of
> famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a "Feed Thine Enemy" campaign.
> Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice to the White
> House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." As
> far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject
> failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly;
> certainly no rice was ever sent to China.
> "What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign
> played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing nuclear
> war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met with the
> Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider US options in the conflict with China over
> two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice recommended the use of
> nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked
> how many little bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the
> tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many
> Americans were expressing active interest in having the US feed the Chinese,
> he certainly wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."
> (People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory by David H. Albert, p. 43, New
> Society, 19.)
> Thank you all for being people of hope.
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