Re: Raisin Bombers over Afghanistan

From: jeff davis (
Date: Tue Sep 25 2001 - 18:00:38 MDT

--- Hubert Mania <> wrote:
> When I see the starving children in Afghanistan, I
> think it is high time for
> another raisin bomber fleet, this time heading to
> the middle east. And I
> guess this could be a fine humanitarian contribution
> of the German Air Force
> to the Bush war.
> Greetings
> Hubert

I feel the same way, Hubert. C-5A's loaded with
individual care packages of food and medicine, to be
dropped beneath a parachute made of blanket material
(polar tech?) and accompanied by an appropriate note
of explanation. How courageous and creative, how
thrilling and unexpected it would be to see the
problem attacked from the vantage of Ghandian high

Islam may be a powerful influence, but I have to
believe that, in the final analysis, a mother's
concern for her childeren and a husband/father's
concern for his family will trump ANY OTHER
consideration, particulary when the social "norm"
places the welfare of one's children/family in ongoing
and immediate peril.

Reportedly, there are millions of Afghan refugees
living unsatisfactorily(?)in camps in Iran and
Pakistan, as well as those subject to the fierce
austerity(?) forced upon them by conditions in
Afghanistan proper. Clearly(?), the US is better
equipped to achieve conditions of security and peace
for these people(from whence the Afghans can finish
the project, and achieve prosperity on their own) than
the Taliban with its plan for a dark age of Theocratic


Call me a cynic, but I just don't see it happening.
Cheney, Powell, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Bush--they're all
intelligent enough to see the possibilities in a
"meta-Ghandian" approach. And despite my left-wing
political bias, I don't really believe that they are
so coldly reptilian that they don't care about the
welfare of the Afghan innocents. Just reptilian
enough so that it can't happen.

Best, Jeff Davis

       "Everything's hard till you know how to do it."
                                   Ray Charles

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