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Oh, gods...

My mum just called to wake me up. She said: "Turn on the TV." I said: "Why?"
She said: "The US is bombing Afghanistan."
Oh, gods.
Bush is living it up. I feel cold.
What I need to know is what's going on down South - come on, 'Merkins, what's going on?

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xenofalcon
Oct. 7th, 2001 11:55 am (UTC)
Wonderful 'round the clock coverage of the bombing. Tony Blair was on earlier; he gave a wonderful speech. I would have felt patriotic if I was a British citizen. As for what most of us Americans are seeing, it's not much different from what I imagine you're seeing--CNN broadcasting an infrared view of Kabul from forty miles away, commentators and the such prospecting on what probably is going on, fancy 3D images of the horrible weapons that we're most likely using. As we are in a "state of war", Americans actually know very little of what we are actually doing overseas.
And, you know, I don't think that many people care that the government won't tell us what's going on. I heard of a professor who recently gave a passionate speech at the University of Rhode Island promoting a pacifistic approach to this situation; the audience wouldn't hear a word of it. Even in the liberal northeast I am seeing a distasteful nationalism which believes that blind revenge is the only path to solving our sadness.
This has turned into a journal entry in itself. So, I believe I will stop there; I hope I have answered your question, having seen the firsthand effects of this situation.
chandri
Oct. 7th, 2001 01:11 pm (UTC)
Re: "Patriotism"
Yeah; I saw that infrared thing. We get all the 'Merkin channels up here, too.
I had a rather heated discussion with my Mum this morning - didn't last long. But she's supporting this. I'm not disputing the need for retaliation, and I don't really
have any solid alternatives in mind, but this... this does not feel right. It feels... it brings foreboding with it. I watched the news for fifteen minutes, and finally I couldn't bear the twin atmospheres of slimy smugness and blind "patriotism", as it's being presented. And
now I feel sick.
I don't know - I guess I really thought that this whole thing was a fear tactic - the destruction in New York and DC was a push of a domino - it's not as if they really *need* to do anything more - we're doing it ourselves. *shakes head* I remember my sisters telling me once
about a fireworks display in Disneyland, the last time they went. I guess it was an Independence Day thing. But they told me it was patriotic in such a... I guess *violent* is the only word I could use to describe it... way, that they asked my parents if they could go back to the hotel.
It's downright Orwellian, as my friend Nadja would say.
*shudders*
It's Thanksgiving Day in Canada tomorrow. How ironic.
xenofalcon
Oct. 8th, 2001 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aye... The other thing that popped into my head today is that a large number of cars, at least on the east coast, have American flags on their antennas, some at half-mast. If I weren't an American (and thus used to it), I think I would find how often we display our flag a bit disturbing.
Hmm.

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