Re: Not in solidarity with Peruvian hostage takers

Jason Witherspoon (
Sun, 22 Dec 1996 23:58:24 -0800

At 10:00 PM 12/22/96, Harry Robinson wrote:
>'We cannot judge the tactics used by people in their own countries in
>their own struggle to make their own lives better.'
>Why the hell not? If we have no ethical basis for our politics then what do
>we have to offer that's different from the opportunism of the left and the
>greed and power plays of the state and capital. What is needed is a new kind
>of politics that genuinely respects human life and the aspirations of
>ordinary people not a rerun of Castroite bullshit
>Harry Robinson

Funny; I was just listening to a radio program today featuring two
pacifistic types-- a rabbi & a woman who's credentials I didn't catch.

Both agreed in principle that there could be such a thing as a "just war";
citing scripture, etc.

I don't know if I agree w/that, as I generally favor the ends <-> means
philosophy so eloquently outlined by Harry.

I don't know if I'd feel the same way if my friends or family were
imprisoned for a long term for, say, holding certain opinions, thinking
certain things, hell, even TALKING about things. But I guess we don't have
to worry about that yet in the US, right?


Jason Witherspoon