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Saturday, February 23, 2002

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Peace Fair

I spent the afternoon at the Tabru booth at the Peace Fair. It was interesting. It hasn't changed much in all the years I've been going there. The organizations are pretty much the same and the issues don't change much. It's a different war but still a war to be against. Human rights issues are still there. Not many have been solved and while I'm strongly in favor of supporting human rights, sometimes the multitude of specific causes do make me want to retreat into a nice comfortable world and not worry about them. We need to make it simple. Don't hurt people except in self defense.

Ok, so that's not even simple enough since some people seem to think that killing innocent people is a valid form of self defense. Examples of this are 9/11, gay bashing (killing), bombs in Northern Ireland, executing children and brutal repression in many countries. Everyone knows that it's wrong to hurt people in self defense but there are too many people who can come up with a multitude of reasons as to why what they are doing is a valid exception.

I'm afraid I'm not a very good activist. I just can't just look at only side side of an issue. There are few issues that don't have valid arguments on the other side but sometimes you just have to come down on one side or another but I feel rather schizophrenic much of the time. After the Peace Fair closed I stopped by McDonalds for a burger and fries since I really needed to do something that was so un PC.

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Rachel Aschmann 2002.
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