Irak: Reis statt Bomben

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Reis statt Bomben via bizstoneSubject: RICE INSTEAD OF BOMBS
Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2003, 9:45 AM

There is a grassroots campaign underway to protest war in Iraq in a

simple, but potentially powerful way.

Place 1/3 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-size bag or

sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap

it in a piece of paper on which you have written, "If your enemies are

hungry, feed them. Romans 12:20. Please send this rice to the people of

Iraq; do not attack them." (or, of course, whatever you wish to write.)

Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or

padded mailing envelope--both are the same cost to mail) and address

them to:

President George Bush

White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20500

Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37-cent stamps equal $1.11)

Drop this in the mail. It is important to act NOW so that President Bush

gets the letters ASAP. In order for this protest to be effective, there

must be hundreds of thousands of such rice deliveries to the White

House. We can do this if you each forward this message to your friends

and family.

There is a positive history of this protest! In the 1950s, Fellowship

of Reconciliation began a similar protest, which is credited with

influencing President Eisenhower against attacking China. Read on:

"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning

of famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy'

campaign. Members and friends mailed thousands of little bags of rice

to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible, 'If thine enemy hunger,

feed him.' As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign

was an abject failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the

bags publicly; certainly, no rice was ever sent to China. What

nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the campaign

played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing

nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was on, President Eisenhower met

with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S. options in the conflict

with China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu. The generals twice

recommended the use of nuclear weapons. President Eisenhower each time

turned to his aide and asked how many little bags of rice had come in.

When told they numbered in the tens of thousands, Eisenhower told the

generals that as long as so many Americans were expressing active

interest in having the U.S. feed the Chinese, he certainly wasn't going

to consider using nuclear weapons against them."

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