Last week, the members of Amnesty International's local chapter, Group 317, sat down at a North-side Indianapolis church for their monthly meeting. The agenda included planning action they could take to put pressure on a rogue country engaged in a frightening assault on human rights:
WEST LAFAYETTE -- Calling the Bush Administration's invasion of Iraq "the most reckless, the most dangerous act of a U.S. president in the last 50 years," noted political analyst Phyllis Bennis presented a thorough analysis of the root causes as well as the victims of Gulf War II during a campus teach-in at Purdue University on April 7.
There's a ritual scene in many westerns of the 50s. A drunken gunslinger picks out a frail bar patron, bullies him into the street and barks, "Dance". When the befuddled man doesn't respond immediately, the smirking gunslinger fires his six-shooter at the feet of the unlucky dupe until he is forced to dance a sadistic jig. The nervy townsfolk clap to the beat of the bullets. They'd better.
Democratic Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh stands shoulder-to-shoulder with President George W. Bush in his rush to war, literally, while Republican Sen. Richard Lugar continues to hold out for a more reasoned approach.