If there is a right
way and a wrong way, then it's evens we choose the wrong way.
It's a rule. Don't ask me who makes it, but it's true. From relationships,
to choices for courses or careers to battle-zones and friends and enemies.
As I write this the 'peace momentum' is gathering pace throughout the
world. Everyone is getting in their pennyworth and deploring USA action
in Afghanistan - just as they have actually began to tackle the Taliban.
It's hard to put yourself in President Bush's place. He had to act, then
when he acted, he has to make a choice between the Taliban and the Northern
Alliance, knowing that both are just as terrible as each other and for
every day this goes on Pakistan might implode and religious fanatics will
deliver nuclear weapons to Taliban sympathisers. You try going to bed
each night wondering if you have made the right decision.
Fear and panic stalk
the USA over Anthrax and yes, it is worth reflecting on the poor unfortunate
postal workers who find themselves in the homefront frontline. It isn't
nice and real people, utterly innocent people are dying. Now I am not
advocating any conspiracy theories here, but when you see that some
29 abortion clinics were targeted with anthrax letters you have to wonder
who really is behind this white powder attack. The targets: Senators,
Congressmen, News media personalities, could all be the same targets
that the anti-abortion people send death threats to. Is there a link?
Could this Anthrax scare be linked to extreme far right Christian terrorists
- wholly American exploiting the situation. I'd hate to think it is
so, but something isn't right about it. We shall no doubt find out.
What will American reaction be if this turns out to be true? Somehow
it is just to easy to think iraq is behind it. Why now? Why risk getting
creamed by American forces that are now right next door once again.
What I'd like to see is some lateral thinking here. Someone is doing
it and there are crazy people out there in America's heartland. Or did
we forget Waco already?
Meanwhile in the
glacial politics that is Northern Ireland, it's good news to hear that
the IRA have finally made a decision to abandon the armed struggle and
continue only in the political sphere. Let's hope that the Protestant
loyalists will do the same. It would be good to know that the true message
of Sept 11th in the USA is that terrorism has no place in our civilised
world - let alone so close to home. Northern Ireland is in nightly turmoil
with Catholic and Protestant neighbours throwing petrol bombs at each
other. It's absurd, yet utterly deadly and completely stupid. But in
the end, they must be first to lower the stones and bombs and walk away.
It's easy to say
that almost all the conflicts in the world at the moment are over religion.
It is harder to find a solution that would make people 'love thy neighbour'.
Israel in particular needs to remember this, but it seems they are intent
upon on destroying Palestine. This does not augur well for world peace.
It is also problematic that India and Pakistan seem to be becoming more
agressive toward each other at this time.
Doomsayers enjoy these times. Things might get worse, more will die
(witness those dead in a Swiss tunnel ), recessions will take hold,
but perhaps now is the time to reflect upon history. These things too
will pass. We will continue. Now is the time to get things in proportion,
for those who would counsel peace, to redouble their efforts and don't
forget the continuing crimes of Robert Mugabe.
We are all here for a purpose - one would like to believe. To make the
best of our lives, to try and leave things better than they were, to
find solutions to problems. This is our philosophy.
It would be nice to think more people would adopt this.
This week we welcome new work from Nick Millman who is on a journey
around the world. he begins with reflections in Washington DC. James
Campion who has his own website where you can sound off about big issues
or small ones, and David Rutherford has returned from Rotterdam and
writes us a very provocative piece on Socially
Responsible Investing. Something that we should all be thinking
On a personal note,
If ANYONE succeeded in buying my book Diamonds let me know - I suspect
my publishers have disappeared - no unusual thing in my life. Congratulations
to ex Hackwriter editor Oliver Moor on the success of his wedding to
Maria, whose wedding was a lovely affair at the Commonwealth House on
Friday in London.
Feeling guilty about
Don't march, make contributions to the people who are suffering.
OXFAM will take your money
They need to know you care. £25 could help feed two people for
You can help by going to www.oxfam.org.uk/afghanistan
Welcome to our first Nigerian writer Andrew Abulu with his predictions
for the future. He has promised to write more. Good to get new copy
from Zia Zaman, Sharon Leach and Tabytha Towe and from ex-editor George
We are looking for new writers at this time. This is the place to hone
your writing skills, show your friends what you can do and say. (We
do reserve the right to edit and reject unreasonable and objectional
Sam North - Managing Editor - author of
Carine Thomas - Publisher - A Brighter Image Company