I originally wrote this on my professional blog, but heard from a lot of folks that it wasn't the right forum.
I toned it down quite a bit in the first place. I plan to go in to more detail here later.
The comments were quite impassioned. I invite you to read them.
For now, here's the text of the original post:
I'm pretty pissed off about a lot of things that I see my goverment doing right now. For example, we claim to be fighting a "War on Terrorism", but we're missing a few important facts:
- The US is the #1 perpetrator of terrorism world-wide
- After Sept 11, the US took steps to increase suffering world-wide
- Groups like al-Qaida see no point in negotiating with the US; they believe we will only respond to displays of force.
Since the start of the "War on Terror", the world has become a less safe place. Our use of force sets a precedent for, and distracts attention from terror at the hands of other oppressive regimes. We give them license to commit evil.
In the middle of all this, the Bush Administration announced that the government was issuing a tax refund. We got a check for $600 last year.
What better way to use that money, than to support the human rights that our government's actions are destroying.
So yesterday I went to the Amnesty International web site & made a donation for $600. I hope it helps.
Dear Mr. Bush: Congratulations on your recent re-election. I want to encourage you to continue sending refunds my way, so I can send them right to AI.