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Thursday, December 02, 2004

sad anniversary

whenever i go off the topic of israel and palestine, i feel like starting off with an apology for digressing.

but you know what? i don't think i need to. let's take seriously martin luther king's principle:

an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

a corrollary of this principle is:

if we are concerned about injustice anywhere, we must be concerned about injustice everywhere.

it follows that if we are concerned about justice in palestine, then we must be concerned about justice in other places too. QED.

and besides, as the northland poster collective t-shirt for kids says: an owie to one is an owie to all.

today's sad anniversary: twenty years ago, on the night of december 2-3, 1984, was the union carbide chemical leak in bhopal, india. we all know about the chernobyl nuclear disaster that killed 30 people immediately, and up to 2500 eventually. fewer of us know about the bhopal tragedy, where negligence on the part of the american corporation union carbide, now owned by dow chemical, caused the immediate death of 7,000 people and the eventual death of more than 20,000. the survivors, victims and their families are still waiting for justice and looking for solidarity.


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