Re: Solidarity with Peruvian Guerrilla!

Chris Rapier (
Fri, 20 Dec 1996 20:45:01 -0500 (EST)

On Fri, 20 Dec 1996, Charles J. Reid wrote:

> OK, Chris, let me ask you this, then: In a global system where the
> wealthy control the means and weapons of force, and where leaders are
> imprisoned and killed, often via black ops of the kind taught at the
> "College of the Americas" by our own government, when people can't
> unionize, can't criticize, can't organize, can't get access to political
> power to make changes...what do you recommend, with your job and college
> education, with your wisdom, what do you recommend that they do? What did
> George Washington, and company do? ... Just asking.

Simple. You fight and you die. Nothing much more you can do. But you fight
against those that are oppressing you. You don't go and kill and terrorize
people that have little to do with your struggle (or are tangentially
involved). Its called not sinking to their level. You don't do things that
will harm the people you supposedly care about more. And most importantly,
you remember that each and every person that you might kill is a human
being with their own families, dreams and desires. What is the point of
winning if you become that which you hate?

But maybe I'm strange... I'd rather lose my head than my principles.

Chris Rapier
Systems Programmer/Cabin Boy 2nd Class
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center