10 August, 2006

Stop the Bloodshed: Ceasefire Now!

Got the following note from my friend in Denmark.

Dear friends, Right now a tragedy is unfolding in the Middle East. Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed or wounded in the bombings in Lebanon, Palestine and Israel and the death toll is rising every day. If the US, Syria or Iran get involved, there is a chance of a catastrophic larger war. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for an immediate ceasefire and the deployment of international troops to the Israel-Lebanon border, and been strongly supported by almost every world leader. This is the best proposal yet to stop the violence, but the US, the UK, and Israel have refused to accept it. I have just signed a petition calling on US President Bush, UK Prime Minister Blair, and Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to support Kofi Annan's proposal. If millions of people join this call, and we advertise our views in newspapers in the US, UK, and Israel, we can help pressure these leaders to stop the fighting. Go to the link below and sign up now!


If you support a ceasefire, go sign up and spread the word.

The site says that "the campaign is a project of Res Publica, a global civic advocacy group and a registered tax-exempt charitable organization based in New York City".

Googling (news) "ceasefirecampaign.org" gives the following results:


bandicoot said...

I don't know ho many of these letter or email campaigns I've signed and I'm more convinced than ever that their net effect is practically zero. I don't want to discourage people, but the truth is nobody cares; politicians may under some unique circumstances consider public opinion in their decisions, but I'm not even sure if online campaigns are taken seriously as part of this.
Again please don't get me wrong, but on the other hand let's be realistic about what a chain email message can achieve as opposed to more real and tangible social and political action that under the right conditions might be slightly more effective.

nzm said...
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B.D. said...

My take is that it certainly can't hurt to sign the position. I would agree that the likelihood of it leading to any change directly is probably nil, but indirectly it helps to spread the message a little further. Also, the signer may feel he is finally being a bit proactive on an issue he believes in but has otherwise been silent about. That first step could encourage a few more baby steps... So, it is all part of a process. A whole lot of tiny steps can eventually have some impact.

Balushi said...

Fu ck the ceasefire!!! I agree with the Jews that this problem needs to be sorted from the rooot!


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