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protesters might do well to actually illustrate how "military strikes" look

by anon Monday, Oct. 08, 2001 at 11:14 PM

Protests are usually designed to speak to policymakers and elite and "mid-elite" implementers of such policy. Yet puppets, posters, and the same old yells get pretty tired after awhile, and surely can be dismissed as the usual adolescent whines. How about doing something more, at least? Like illustrating exactly what it means when u.s. bombs hit "military targets."

Here's the idea:

Chalk or spraypaint all areas which the u.s./nato would consider to be "military targets" were the u.s. itself suddenly switched with Afghanistan. This tactic might "bring home" exactly what kinds of devastation is made by cruise missiles and the like on "military targets".

Activists could accompany each day's attacks with a theatre of sorts. So, say that one hears about how many bombs are dropped in Kabul, etc. (like 15 cruise missiles) Activists then undertake illustrating what that would "look like" here, with chalk or spraypaint across the area of explosions (if on target), the additional concussion area (from killer type to just blasting out windows), etc. Get some of those dissident veterans to help you.

Also, activists themselves could put *puppets* (made to look like what nearby residents look like) in a grisly, but realistic setting.

If this kind of situation could be staged all across each city of the nation, it might do a lot more than these same old "marches" and walks in circles ever do. Think about it. And do please pass this around to other IMC's etcetera, if you think it has merit (I don't have the time to pass this around).

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While your at it. . .

by kimmcdaniel Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2001 at 12:02 AM

why don't you mark all the places that al Queda considers to be legitimate targets?

For example, you could spray paint a bull's eye on the head of every American citizen!

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al Queda

by paris 1871 Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2001 at 2:14 AM

i agree with that as long as all cia agents could have "I trained the al Queda " written on their foreheads.

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a fine idea

by not a follower Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2001 at 3:12 AM

Thanks for your fine input. So when are you going to impliment. I for one am tired of folks dictating to me what I should do. I find it insulting to be honest. But if you want to follow your own strategy what is stopping you? Or are you only an armchair activists content to tell everyone else what they should be doing? Nice work if you can get it. Do you get it?

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This Is A Place For Ideas

by Paul H. Rosenberg Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2001 at 6:34 AM

Indymedia is a place for ideas. As if that weren't reason enough, the ideas proposed in this post couldn't possibly be done effectively by one person alone, So putting them out there for others to consider is precisely what people OUGHT to be doing here.

Now, maybe the tone of the post was a bit off-putting to you. People do tend to get like that when there's a war on. But that's all the more reason to listen for what's valuable in what others say. You'll be wanting others to do the same for you as well.

Finally, there's nothing wrong with following someone else's idea if it's a good one. Being pathologically afraid of following someone else's lead is little better than being incapable of thinking for oneself. Both are severely crippling. Simpy rejecting others' ideas on the basis of "not being a follower" is as robot-like and inflexible as being a corporate drone.

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yes, but

by steveo Tuesday, Oct. 09, 2001 at 10:26 AM

if the idea is inane, why would anyone follow it?

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