-from Stop Bombing, Read Thoreau
by Alex A. Vardamis
May 3 1999 San Francisco Chronicle:

According to Thoreau, the only way to react to an immoral policy is to oppose it.  Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. took his advice and, through nonviolent protest, changed the world.  The American public should demand, first of all, that the United States stop bombing.  It is the policy of an immoral nation.

Instead, our government should pursue a massive relief campaign to shelter, feed and clothe the refugees who are the victims of NATO attacks.  …The price of peace is cheap, compared to the cost of war and the moral disintegration of the Western world.

-Alex Vardamis is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former director for European affairs at the Army War College.
Clinton on Violence—
 "We do know that we must do more to reach out to our children and teach them to express their anger and to resolve their conflicts with words, not weapons."
Sat May 1, 99 - your tax dollars at work in Yugoslavia:
 the remains of a ‘Nis Express’ passenger bus on a bridge near the village of Lujane in Kosovo, after a NATO missile hit the vehicle.  The Yugoslav state news agency Tanjug said at least 40 people died when a missile hit the bus, cutting the vehicle in two and incinerating the people inside. –Reuters photo
-Bill Clinton, April 20, 1999, at a press conference in the aftermath of the high school shootings in Colorado. Day 27 of the air war over Yugoslavia.

-and a special e-mail note from Shirley Cottle:
Today, a beautiful May spring day, with one week of classes left in the semester, the students from this campus who are in the National Guard Reserve have been called to active duty.  Tomorrow, May 4th, marks the 29th anniversary of the murder of four students by young National Guard members at Kent State University, my own alma mater.  Two weeks ago we vilified the teenagers who would shoot down their classmates and the people who sold them guns.  Today we'll provide the guns free and expect the kids to use them.

Spare an extra thought and a special prayer for the children today.


Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are gunning us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We're finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

-Neil Young