I came awake this morning in the midst of addressing the present governors’ conference. I had been invited to do so by Businesses for Social Responsibility, which group felt that an Independent voice should be also be heard. I was, of course, in the middle of telling all these governors that for the sake of their states’ economies, the ‘business community’ needs to stop thinking of itself as separate from the community from which it makes its profits and begin to share in all this community’s infra-structure expenses...Amazing how dreams can set themselves up so logically...
I know why such a dream was triggered for me. I had a long and as usual rewarding talk Sunday night with my one son with whom I can discuss matters political. Discuss is the operative word here. With my other three sons any opinion I offer is usually argued against petty vigorously.
I was commenting on how much it upsets me that Blair now seems to be adopting Bush’s characterization of terrorist attacks against innocent civilians as evil. How will he label the attacks we both perpetrated against so many innocent civilians when we bombed Berlin and Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Nara reminded me that when the British and we began to develop air forces after WWI, it was understood that an air force was a weapon against the general public, ie, ‘innocent civilians.’ Indeed the British carried out some early ‘experiments’ in bombing attacks, by using planes against rebelling Arab forces during the 1920s.
Both Britain and we have ugly experience with slavery. We know what making another race sub-human can do to the soul of the enslaver. One would think that we should both have learned not to fall into that trap again. And yet we allow the Bush administration insist that ’terrorists’ are not enemy combatants under the Geneva Conventions. We have let this administration treat all their prisoners as non-human, evil, and in doing so we have tacitly encouraged all the prisoner abuse which has occurred.
But what really puzzles both Nara and me is why Tony Blair has been so willing to follow George Bush into Iraq despite all that is presently coming out about opposition to this in Blair‘s own government, despite the very strong unpopularity of the Iraq war with the British public. Has some secret deal about oil been concluded? What do you think?