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The Stony Brook Press - Volume 24, Issue 9

The Stony Brook Press - Volume 24, Issue 9

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g ro u p
o fa b o u t
th irty
S u ffo lk
c o u n ty
re s id e n ts
m arched
o r
s to o d
i n
fro n to fS e ta u k e t
U n ite d M e th o d is t C h u rc ho n2 5 A in th ec o ldn ig h t
o fJ a n u a r y
1 9 th .
T h o s ew ith o u t
c a n d le sh e ldu p
s ig n sth a ts a id"H onkF o rP e a c e " .
I t w asam o stly
o ld e r crow db u tth e rew erefe w
ac o lle g ea g ek id s .
A
lo to fp e o p leh o n k e d
fo rp e a c e .T he

v ig ilw as p o s itio n e da ta n in te rs e c tio na n da tsom e r e d lig h ts th e rew o u ldb e tw oo r th re e m o to rists

le a n in go nth e irh o rn sa to n c e .Afe w
s h o u te d
p ro -
w a r s e n tim e n tsa t th o s eassem bled
b u tm osts p e d
b y .
T hev ig il w aso n eo f th re eo rg a n iz e db y
a
g ro u p
c a lle d
th e
In te rfa ith-A llian ce
fo rP e a c e .
B ased
i n
th e
c o n g re g a tio n
o f
th e
N o rth
S h o re
M e th o d is tC h u rc h th eg ro u p w a n tst ob ea v o ic e o f
d is s e n to n th e N o rthS h o re o f L o n gI s l a n d .
L u c y
B u rro w s,
5 7 ,o f
S h o re h a m
i s
th e
p ro je c t's
m aino rg a n iz e r.S h e said theA llia n c eb e g a n
w hen
sh e
a n dh e r" b a n d
o fr e b e l s "
fro m
th ec o n g r e g a -
tio n
g o t perm ission
t o
u se
c h u rc h
s ta tio n e ry
t o
w rite other churches.
" W e 'v e
b e e n
d a n g lin g
p ro g re ssiv e
c o n -
c e p ts
i n
fro n t
o fo u r
c o n g re g a tio n
fo r
2 0
o r
3 0
y e a rs . A nd
th e y 'v e
b e e n
to le ra tin g
o u rp o litic s ,"
B u rro w ss a id ,in d ic a tin g
th a tn o te v e ry o n ei nth e
church sharesh e rpacifism .
B ut m anyi n herc h u r c hd o .
T w e n typ e o -
p lefro m
th esm allc h u r c h

cam et oth ef i r s tv ig il. T he c h u r c h 'sp a s t o r ,R ev.Susum uA ndo, w h ile n o t ale a d e ro f th ea llia n c e ,b e lie v e si n w hat th ep e a c e

a c tiv is ts
a re
d o in g ."H e
d id n 'td riv e
th isa ta ll,"
s a id
B u rro w s.
B ut
w hen
th e
p h o to s
cam e
b a c k
fro m
th e
f ir s t
v ig ilh e
a tte n d e d ,
B u rro w s
s a id ,
A ndo
h eh a d
th e m
p ro je c te d
o n
th ew a lld u rin g
S u n d a ys e r v i c e s .
O ne
c h u rc h m em berto ldth ep a s to rth a t
h e
w as
le a v in g
th e
c o n g re g a tio n
b e c a u s e
h e
b e lie v e dth a tc h u r c h e ss h o u ldn o tg e t in v o lv e d
i n
p o litic s .
A n d o 's
p o s itio n
o n
h is
s u b je c t
i s
c le a r.
"W e
a re
n o t
ta lk in g
a b o u t
R e p u b lic a n s
a n d

D em ocrats.W ea ren o t ta lk in ga b o u t p o litic s ,"th e m in isters a i d . "W ea reta lk in g about w ar ands o lv - in gp ro b le m sb y v io le n c e ,"h e s a idi na n in te rv ie w . A ndoexpressed the fe e lin ge c h o e d b yo th e rsi n th e

A llia n c e
th a tr e s i s t i n g
w ari san a tu ra l o u tg ro w th
o ffa ith .S e v e r a lp a s to rsh a v e a tte n d e dv ig ilsa s p ri-
v a tec itiz e n s .
B o th
P re s id e n t
B ush
a n d
V ice-P resident
C heney
a re
m em bers
o f
th e
U n ite d
M e th o d is t
C hurch.T he churchh a sp u b lic lyo p p o s e d the w ar,
a n d u rg e dth eP r e s i d e n tt or e c o n s i d e r h ish a w k is h
fo re ig n p o lic yin lig h to f C h ristia nv a l u e s .A p r e s s
re le a s e
p u t
o u t
b y
th e
G eneral
C onference:o f
M e th o d is t
C hurches
A ugust
3 0 th
re a d :
" J e s u s
p ro v e d
o nth ec r o s sth efa ilu re
o fs ta te -s p o n s o re d
re v e n g e .I ti sin c o n c e iv a b le
th a tJ e s u sC h rist,o u r
L o rd
a n dS a v io ra n dth e
P rin c e
o fP e a c e ,w o u ld
su p p o rtth isp r o p o s e da tta c k ."
I nJ a n u a r y
th ec h u r c h
ra nT V
a d sfe a tu r-
in gM e th o d is tB is h o p
M elv in
T a lb e rt c o n d e m n in g
m ilitary
a c tio n
i nI r a q
o n
C N N
a n dF o xi nN ew
Y o rka n dW a s h in g to nt oc o in c id e w ithth eS ta teo f
th eU n io na d d r e s s .
I n
D ecem ber
th e
N a tio n a l
C o u n c il
o f
C hurchesto o ko u tafu llp a g e
a dre a d in g :
" J e s u s
C hanged
Y our H eart. N ow
L et H im
C hange Y our
M in d ."
I t
p ic tu re s
th e
P re s id e n t
k n e e lin g
i n
p ra y e r.T hea d
i sd is p la y e d
p ro m in e n tlyn e a rth e
e n tra n c eo f N o rthS h o reM e th o d is t C hurch.
T he

a llia n c ei sg ro w in gslo w ly . R everend D ia n e S a m u e lsof M t.S in a i C o n g re g a tio n a lC hurch w ase n c o u r a g e d

b yth e
v ig ilh e ld
a th e rc h u r c h .
T h irte e n
p e o p lecam e. "W e
h a d

fo u rJew s,ad o g a n daM e th o d is t.I t w asab igs u c c e s s . A ndth e na fe w

C o n g re g a tio n a l
P re s b y te ria n sm ade
1 3 ,"
s a id
B u rro w s.
There isad e m o n s tra tio nfro m
1 0t o11A M
S a tu rd a y s
o n
a
l i t t l e
s tre tc h
o fs id e w a lk
o n
2 5 A
b e tw e e n
B e n n e ttsa n d
N ico lls
R d.
B illM c N u lty ,
w hoa tte n d sC a th o lic
C hurch
i nS e ta u k e t,s ta rte d
th ee v e n to n D ecem ber
1 s t.T hep r o t e s ti so r g a n -
iz e d
th ro u g h
P ax
C h risti
w h ic h
i s
th e
b ig g e s t
c h u rc h
re la te d
p e a c e
n e tw o rk
o n
L o n g
Is la n d .
M c N u lty
a ls o
s ta rte d
P ax

C h risti.B u rro w s e x p la in e dth a to n ere a s o nth eA llia n c e w as form ed w ast of i l li nag a p .P ax C ristii s m ost a c tiv e

o n th e
S o u th sh o reo fL o n gI s l a n d .
" T h e re
w asa lm o s tn o p u b licdem onstra-
tio n
g o in g 'o n
a lo n g
th e ' N o rth
S id e
o f
L o n g
Is la n d ,"s a idB u rro w s.
T heA llia n c ew o rk sc lo s e ly
w ith
P ax
C h risti
a n d
m em bers
g e n e ra lly
a tte n d
o n ea n o th e r'se v e n t s .
T h e rea reafew Jew ish A llia n c em em bers
b u tn o
ra b b is .A
te m p le
d ire c to r
i n

H u n tin g to n w a n te dav ig ili nfro n to fh e rte m p leb u te v e n tu a l- l ys a idsh ec o u ld n 'tb e c a u s e

th e yw ere interview -
in gfo ran e w
ra b b i
O neJew ishm em ber, M arsha
S la tk in ,6 0 ,o f
S h o re h a m
o ffe re d
th ee x p la n a tio n
th a tI s r a e l w as
ab a rrie rt om anyJew sw hom ig h t
o th erw isejo ini nam ovem enta g a i n s tw ari nIra q .
" Ith in km a n y p e o p leid e n tify a n yM id d leE astern
c a u s e w ithth eIs ra e li-P a le s tin ia n
c a u s e ,"sh es a id .
A reth e re a n y M u slim sa ffilia te dw ithth e
g ro u p ?
" W e 'r ew a itin g ,"
s a id
B u rro w s.
T h e re
i s
som e
ta lk
o f
g e ttin g
S to n y
B ro o k
U n iv e rs ity 's
M u slim
C h a p la in
S is te rS a n a at os p e a ka te v e n t s ,
b u tsh ep re fe rs m o re in tim ate se ttin g sth a n dem on-
s t r a t i o n s , B u rro u g h ss a id .
B u rro w sd e s c r i b e d
th ev a lu e
sh es e e s
in
sm all lo c a ld e m o n s tra tio n s :" T h e r ea realo to fp e o -
p le w ith re s e rv a tio n s
a b o u tw hat ourgovernm ent
i s p la n n in g . D e m o n s tra tin ga llo w s s o m e o n et ov e r-
b a liz ea n db e em pow ered
t oe x p r e s sth e ir r e s e r v a -
tio n s a b o u tth e w a r."
T he P u r s u itO fK n o w le d g e
I s W orthA ny R isk
B yS c o t t P erl
O n
S a tu rd a y ,
F e b ru a ry
1
a t
a ro u n d
1 1 :3 0 a m
Iw as
aw oken
b y
th erin g
o fm y
d o rm
ro o mp h o n e .
T hep e rs o no nth eo th e rlin e ,afrie n d
o f m in e ,to ldm es o m e th in g
th a tId idn o t b e lie v e ,
s o m e th in g
th i
e v e n
e n te r
m
b e in g
a t
a l
A fter
a
fe w
ly in g
i nb e d ,
w hat
h e
h a
s lip p e d
b a c k
a n d
re c e iv e c
p h o n e
c a ll.
frie n d
le ft
a
w h ic hs a ido n ]
y o u
p ro b a b l,
know ,b u t
t u
new s anyw ay,
y o un e e d
to ."
to n e
o f
-m n
frie n d 's
v o ic i
th a tth e
e a rlie
u n fo rtu n a te ly
h u rrie do u to i
a n ds a t in the
ro o m ,
tu rn e d
a n d
w a tc h e
th in g .
F iv e
h o u rs
la te rI
th eT V
a n d ju ,
th o u g h ta b o u t th efu tu re .
N A SA
a n dth e
fu tu reo fs p a c eflig h t w as
h e ld
b a c k
alm ost
th re e
y e a rs
a fte r
th e
1 9 8 6
C h a lle n g e ra c c id e n t.
I natim e w herefo r som er e a -
so ns p a c eflig h th a s becom eac o m m o n p la c ee v e n t;
P a g e2
s o ro u tin eth a to v e rth ela s tfe wy e a r sw eh a v es e e n

tw or i c h businessm enp a yth e irw a y 'in to a seato fa R u ssians h u ttlea n da n a rro g a n t-b o yb a n d m em ber t r yt od oth esam e.

W eh a v e
fa ile d
t ore a liz eth e
r
a n d
re s o lv e
o f
m issions.
H o u rs
a fte r
th e
n b ia
a c c id e n t,th e
m e d ia ,a s w e lla s
ro u s
o n lin e
p o lls
s w itc h e d
t o
V sc o m m e n ts
a n d
a b o u tth e
s e v e n
ia u ts ,
th e ir
fam i-
in d
th e
fu tu re
o f
> aces h u ttlea s w e ll
ASA
a s
a
w h o le .
p o llth a t
Ip a rtic i-
i n
w as
fro m
'ic a
O n lin e .
I t
f
a
sim p le,
h t-fo rw ard
q u e s -
"D o
y o u
th in k
tra v e l
i s
w o rth
s k ? "
B efo ree v e n
tin g
th e
q u e s tio n
c lic k in g
" y e s ,"
I
te re d
w ho
w o u ld
n o ."
A p p a re n tly ,a
is in g
1 4 %
o f
A m ericaO n lin eu s e r s d o n 'tth in kth a ts p a c etra v e l
i s w o rthth e
r is k .
Ith o u g h tfo ras e c o n dth a tth is
1 4 %
m ustb eu n e d u c a te dm o ro n s,w how o u ldp re -
fe rt oliv ei np re h is to rictim esb e c a u s e
th a t's w here
w e w o u ldb e
i fn o
o n ee v e rto o k
ar is k .
I ti sa n
e s s e n tia l p a rto fth e hum an c o n d itio nt ob e c u rio u s
a n dto e x p lo reth eunknow n te rrito rie sw ith ino u r
liv e s .
Som ep e o p lea rew illin gt oju s ts itb a c k
a n d
n e v e rg e t in toth e d riv e rss e a to fth e irow nliv e s .
R isk
i sap a rto fe v e r y o n e 'sl i f e ,w h e th e r
th e y
lik e
i t
o r
n o t.
T h o s e
s e v e n
c o u ra g e o u s

A s tro n a u tslo v e dw hatth e yw ered o in g .I nw a tc h - in gin te rv ie w sth a tth e yh a dd o n e so m e tim eb e fo re th e m ission, a llo f th e m

s a idi no n e w ayo r a n o th e r th a tth e yw o u ld n 'ttra d eth e irs h u ttlem issionfo r th ew o rld .

Ih a v eg la d lya c c e p te d
th erisk so fs p a c e
tra v e l.
Ik n o w
th isb e c a u s em yfu tu rec a r e e rh o p e -
fu lly
w ill
b rin g
m e
t o
th e
sam e
s ta tu s
a s

th e C o lu m b ia 'screw .Ifin di ts o h a rdth a t som e p e o p le c a n 'ts e ep a s t th e irow nliv e s ,t os e e th a tth es p a c e p ro g ra m

a saw h o lee n a b le su st ou n d e r s t a n da r e a s
o fs c i e n c e
th a tc a n n o tb ed o n e
o n e a rth .
I ti so u r
in s tin c tt ole a rna n de x p lo re .
W hyd ow ee v e ng o
t os c h o o li fw eh a v en o
d e s ir et ole a rn ?
I n m any
w ays,
a s tro n a u ts
a re
s tu d e n ts ,
s tu d y in g
o n
th e
fro n tie ro f k n o w le d g e .
I no rd e rt ou n d e r s t a n d

th erisk so fs p a c e tra v e lw eh a v et ou n d e r s t a n dth er e a s o n sfo rth e s e u n iq u e

m issions.
T h e s e
r is k s
h a v eb e e n
ig n o re d
a n dn o t com prehended.
T h is
isd u e
t oth e
b e lie f
th a ts p a c e flig h ti sacom m ono c c u r r e n c e .
W hat
h a p p e n e d
o n
F e b ru a ry
1 st
w as
a
tra g ica c c id e n t.
I t w as s o m e th in gth a tre m in d e du s
th a ts p a c etra v e li sn o ty e tac o m m o n p la c eo c c u r -
re n c e .
T h o s e
s e v e n
a s tro n a u tsw ered o in g
som e-
th in g
th a t
w o u ld
a llo w
fo r
th e p ro g re ss
of our
s p e c ie s
t o
c o n tin u e .
F o r
th a tr e a s o n
w e
c a n n o t
a llo wth e irs a c rific e to bei nv e in .
\
a ,
B y J a c k ie H ayes
O n
S a tu rd a y
F e b ru a ry
1 5 th ,
crow ds
b e g a n
s p illin g
o u t
o f
P e n n
a n d
G rand

C e n tra l S ta tio n ,m a k in gth e ir w ay to w a rd sth e rally on5 1 s t S tre e ta n d

1 st A venue,
n e a rth e U n ite d
N a tio n s .
B u n d le d
i n w arm
c lo th e s , m anyc a rrie ds ig n s s ta t-
in g , "N o
B lo o dF o r O il"a n d " T h e W orldS a y sN o
T o
W ar."
T he
p ro te s td re w
acrow de s tim a te d
a t
n e a rly5 0 0 ,0 0 0
t o N ew
Y ork C itya n da b o u t1 0 m il-
lio n
p ro te s te rs
w o rld w id e
i n
L o n d o n ,
M a d rid ,
B arcelona,
R om e,
A th e n s ,
a n d
o v e r
3 5 0
c itie s
a c ro s sth ew o rld ,in c lu d in g
1 5 0U .S .c itie s . U n ite d
fo r
J u s tic e
a n d
P e a c e ,
th e
e v e n t 's
o rg a n iz e rs ,
c la im e dS a tu rd a yw as, " th el a r g e s td a y
o f c o o rd i-
n a te d p ro te s te v e r k n o w n ."
A s
p ro te s te rs
p o u re d
o u t
o n to
th e
M a n h a tta nc ity streets, policere s p o n d e db y s e ttin g
u p
b lo c k a d e s
a s
a
fo rm
o f
crow d
c o n tro l.
T he
p o lic e
s u c c e e d e d
i n
d riv in g
e s tim a te dth o u s a n d s
fro m
th ea c tu a ls i t eo f th ep ro te s t, w h ic hre s u lte d
B y D a n ie lH ofer
O n F e b ru a ry
1 5 th ,th ew o rldcam e o u t to
v o ic e
th e iro p p o s itio n
t oa nim p e n d in gw ar w ith
Ira q .

T h is w as th el a r g e s t in te rn a tio n a lp r o t e s te v e r h e ld ;c o v e rin ge v e r yin h a b ite dc o n tin e n ta n d draw - in ga b o u t s ix m illio np e o p le .T h e r eh a sn e v e rb e e n

ap ro te s to f th ism a g n itu d eb e f o r e .
S tra n g e ly ,
th e
re g io n
w ith
th e
lig h te s t
a tte n d a n c e la s t w eekend w asth ep la c eth a ts h o u ld
h a v e
h a d
th em ost.
T he
M id d le
E astern
n a tio n s
m issed
th e
o p p o rtu n ity
t o
o rg a n iz e
th e m s e lv e s
a g a in s t s o m e th in gth e yd idn o tw a n t.
B utth isi sn o t n e w .S in c eth ea rriv a lo f th e
Jew ishs e ttle rsi n(w hat w asth e no n lyknow n
a s )
P a le s tin e ,th e
su rro u n d in g
A rab
n a tio n sh a v e
n o t
b e e n
a b le
t o
m anage
a
s in g le
m om ent
o fu n ity .
O verth ep a s tc e n tu ry
o fd is tru s t,o n ly
extrem ist
v ie w sw erep u b lic lya llo w e d .
A ny A rabm o d e ra te
th in k e rso n th e Jew ish -A rab
c o n flic t w eres ile n c e d .
E v e nth ek in go fJ o rd a n
w ask ille di n
1 9 5 1fo rh is
com passionatev ie wto w ardI s r a e l .
H ow ever, th erig h t w in gh a sb e e n d riv e n
b yp e r s o n a lg re e din s te a do fb e tte rm e n to f th e A rab

c o m m u n ity .F re q u e n tlyth ro u g h o u tI s r a e l ' sh is to ry , th esu rro u n d in g A rabn a tio n sa tte m p te dt od e s t r o y th ey o u n gn a tio n .

W hile
I s r a e l's

v a lia n tfig h tin g w asam a jo rfa c to ri nth e irv ic to rie s , th ed is o rg a n i- z a tio na n dg r e e do fth eA rable a d e rsp la y e d

ap a rt
a s w e ll.I s r a e l ' ss u r v i v a li si np a rtd u e to theA r a b 's
in e ffe c tiv eo rg a n iz a tio n .
I t
i s
th is
d is o rg a n iz e d
q u a lity
th a t
a p p e a re d to resurface
o nF e b ru a ry
1 5 th .
H ere w as

ac h a n c efo r th e A rabn a tio n st os ta n d w ithm illio n s o fo th e rs a g a in s t w ar.T h e r e w ere v irtu a llyn o A rab p r o te s ts ,a n dn o A rabin te lle c tu a lss p e a k i n go u t.

M aybeth is
tim eth ela c k
o fsu p p o rt w as
d u e
t o
a
fe e lin g
o fh o p e l e s s n e s s
w ith inth eA rab
c o m m u n ity .
A n
E g y p tia n
w rite rw as
q u o te d
i n
T h
ig g t P rotestp E V R !
i nah ig h num bero f c o n fro n ta tio n s .
A c c o rd in gt o
s ta tin g ,"T he
ro le o fale a d e ri st od e c id e
p o lic y
t h eI n d e p e n d e n t M e d iaC enter, "T he N Y P D 's s t r a t -
b a s e du p o n th e s e c u rity ,i n th isc a s e , the securityo f
e g y seem sto h a v e b e e n
t od iv id ea n dc o rra lp ro -
th ep e o p le ."
B la irreaffirm ed
h issu p p o rto f U .S .
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n
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W sVL
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1 o L
. i
tv e L U
A bout
2 7 0
p e o p le
w (
a rre s te d ,fo rm o stly
m ir
c h a rg e s .
T h e re
w ere
c o m p la in ts
o fp o lic e
I r
c o n d u c t
f i l e d
a fte r
1
p ro te s t.
In thec o m p la ir
p ro te s te rs
re p o rte d
b e i
" c o rra lle d ,
p u n c h
p u s h e dt oth eg ro u n d ,a
tra m p le d b yp o lic eh o rse
T he
In d e p e n d e n t
M ec
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a
s e v <
m in u te
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ta tin g ,
" I
d o
n o t
s e e k
n p o p u la rity
a s
ab a d g e
f
h o n o r ...
B ut
som e-
im es
i t
i s
th e
p ric e
o f
e a d e rs h ip
a n d
th e
c o s t
fc o n v ic tio n ."
I ti sh a rd
og a u g e
th ep ric e
B la ir
v illp a y
fo rh is
c o n v ic -
io n s .
k lth o u g h
p o litic ia n s
eem ed unm ovedb y
th e
n a s s
p r o te s ts ,
th e
siv e .
A bout2 0 0fa c u lty
d u c t.
N Y C
M ayor
B lo o m b e rg
c o m m e n te d ,
" n o t
a n d s tu d e n tsm eta t th eS to n yB ro o ktra ins ta tio n
e v e ry b o d y
w ash a p p y
a b o u t th e
w ay
th ep o lic e
t orid eth eP e a c e T ra in toth e ra llya t 8 :3 0 S a tu rd a y
h d
th ecrow ds,b u t th e yk e e p
th is
m o rn in g .' The Peace Train w as organized
th ro u g h
. "
S to n yB r o o k 'sC o a litio nA g a in s t W ar,ac o a litio no f
) e r g
w as
n o t
th e
o n ly
p o litic ia n
m u ltip le
s tu d e n tg r o u p s ,d e p a rtm e n ts ,
lo c a la n d
a th e tic
t o
p r o te s te r s .
P re s id e n t
c o m m u n ity
o rg a n iz a tio n s ,a lo n gw ith in d iv id u a ls
id
U K
P rim e
M in isterT o n y
B la ir
w h oo p p o s e th e w ar. Som e of th e g ro u p sa lig n e d
iec o m m e n tsi nre g a rd s toth ea n ti-
w ith
th e
c o a litio n
in c lu d e
F o o d
N ot
B om bs,
y .I nr e f e r e n c et oth em illio n sth a t
M u s ic ia n sA llia n c eforP e a c e ,th e M uslim
S tu d e n t
dw o rld w id e , B ush-stated," S iz eo f
A s s o c ia tio n ,
th e
S o c ia lis t
A lte rn a tiv e ,
U n ite d
i t 's
lik ed e c id in g ,w e ll,I 'm
g o in g
U n iv ersity
P ro fe ssio n s,
S tu d e n ts
fo r
P e a c e
a n d
d e
p o lic y
b a s e d
u p o n
a
fo c u s
H u m a n ity ,am ong
num erous
o th e rs .
T he
g ro u p
A lth o u g hB u sh claim st od i s a g r e e
w as fo rm ed
fo rth e
s p e c ificp u rp o se
o fo p p o s in g
s in gp o lic y o n" f o c u sg r o u p s " ,h is
w a r w ithIra q .
I nth e ir s ta te m e n to f p u rp o seth e y
o llin ga n d fo c u sg ro u p si s com pa-
e x p re s sth e ir b e lie fth a t w a r w ithI r a q
is ," ille g a l,
th a to f th eC lin to na d m in is tra tio n ,
im m o ral,a n dr e c k l e s s l yd a n g e r o u st op e o p leo f a ll
in to n
a d m in is tra tio n
w as
w ell
n a tio n s ."
I fy o u w o u ldlik et ofin do u tm orea b o u t
o ri t su seo fp o llin gtoju d g e p u b lic
jo in in gth ec o a litio ny o uc a nv is itth e ir w eb sitea t
o f p u b licp o lic y .
B ushc o n tin u e d
w w w .s b c o a litio n .n e t.
H aaretz,a n
I s r a e linew spaper
s a y
"W ea re
v e ry
e n c o u ra g e d
b y
th e
th a tm illio n s
o fc itiz e n so fth ew e
a res u d d e n ly
c o m in g
o u ta g a i n s t
b u lly in g
p o lic y
o fth eU n ite dS ta t
b u t o nth e o th e rh a n d
h es t a t e s ,
a re
v e ryw e llaw are
th a tth eW esl
p u b lic
s tru g g lea g a i n s tth e w ari s
i nf a v o ro fI r a qo rth e A rabs,b u tra !
a g a in s t th e U n ite dS ta te s ."
" T h e re
i s
n o
re a s o n
t o
e x c ite d
a b o u t
th e
E u ro p e a n
p ro l
b e c a u s eE u ro p ei sa l s olo o k in g
o u t
i t se c o n o m ic i n t e r e s t s ,o u to fth e n e
s i t y
o f
c o m p e tin g
w ith
th e
U n
S ta te sfo rth e
re s o u rc e so f th e
M ic
E a st,"a J o r d a n i a n p u b lic is ti sq u o te
H aaretz." T h e y d o n 't w antt ole a v e
n e w
m ap
o f th e
M id d le
E ast't o
U n ite dS ta te s ."
I n th ep a s t, th em a po f th eM id d le E ast w a s

redraw na c c o rd in gto E u ro p e a npow ers.T h is tim e how ever,areg im ed e s i g n e db y th eU S w o u ldin tro - d u c e

dem ocracyi nth ere g io n .
W hilem any A rab
in te lle c tu a ls
m ay w ant dem ocracyin s tille d

i nth e M id d leE ast,m osto f th e mre a liz eth e p e o p lea ren o t re a d y .

A n o th e r
E g y p tia n
p u b lic is t
w ro te
th a t
p la c in g
d e m o c ra tic
id e a s
o n
th e
re g io n
th ro u g h
fo rc e w illo n lyfu rth e rd e s t r o y th e A rabv ie wo f th e
U S.

A c c o rd in gto th eS a u d i A ra b ia n am bassadort o B rita in , dem ocracyd o e sn o tf it w ithc e rta in Islam ic p rin c ip le s .

A t th esam etim e how ever, hes a idh e
w asfo raS a u d i A ra b ia n" p a r t n e r s h i p
governm ent
w ithth ep u b lic ."
W hile
A rab
g o v e rn m e n ts
d o n 't
s e e m
t o
c o n s id e r
dem ocracy
ath re a tt oth e ir pow er, th e ir
m a s s d e m o n s tra tio n so fp o p u la r s e n tim e n t-e v e n
w h e n th a t s e n tim e n ti sa lig n e d w ithth e ir o w np u b -
licp o s itio n s ,"s a ida ne d ito ria l in th eL e b a n e s ep u b -

lic a tio nT h e D a ilyS ta r ." I ti sac la s s icc a s eo fty ra n n y im a g in in gth a tb y p re v e n tin g th ee x p r e s s i o no f th e p e o p le 'sw illitc a n p re v e n tth a t w illfro m

e x is tin g .
C o n tra ry
t oth e m y th ,o s tric h e sd o
n o t s tic k

th e ir h e a d si n th es a n da ta n ys ig no f d a n g e r-b u tA rab le a d e rsd o ."

A c c o rd in g
t o
T h e
D a ilyS ta r ,th e s e
A rab
le a d e rs m ustre a liz ea n da d a p tto dem ocracyb e fo re
i t m akesth e irow nfo rm
o f g o v e rn in g
irre le v a n t.
Y et dem ocracy
i ss o m e th in gth a t,a c c o rd in gt oth e
J o rd a n ia np u b lic is t, m ust com e fro m
w ith in w hen
th e p e o p lea re re a d y ,and not fo rc e d upon fro m
th e
o u ts id e .
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