Sunday, August 21, 2005

A note to our readers

Another Sunday, another edition.

This week, we offer "1 Book, 10 Minutes" focusing on Norman Solomon's War Made Easy. We have another media roundtable. Another "Third Estate Sunday Review News Review." Another editorial and, yes, another TV review from Ava and C.I.

To some people that seems anti-climatic. A few e-mailed on Friday about that.

Cindy Sheehan's leaving Camp Casey, though the e-mailers undersood why, left a few feeling dejected. Life continues. We'll either continue to wage the truth war or we won't. But some people appeared to think that, all by herself, Cindy Sheehan was somehow going to bring the troops home. Cindy Sheehan never thought that. She knows that we're all going to have to fight together to bring the troops home and end the invasion and occupation.

Yes, it would have been easier if Cindy Sheehan had the power, all by herself, to fix our country's problems for us. Then we could clap from the sidelines and not leave the house or interrupt our personal time.

The last two weeks were amazing as people worked hard to get the word out on the peace vigil in Crawford. As people spoke out and took part in a national dialogue. But this was one step in the process. That's a point Ruth made back in May when we interviewed her.

We've seen what is possible but the responsibility rests with us. So we need to be willing to continue to speak out, to continue to take part in our country demanding accountability, a hearing, and responses.

So if you're feeling dejected, don't be. Through Cindy Sheehan, we saw the power we have. Now it's time to excercise that power.

We thank the following for their help and input on this edition: Dallas, Mike of Mikey Likes It!, Elaine subbing for Rebecca at Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude, Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix, Betty of Thomas Friedman is a Great Man and Kat of Kat's Korner. We thank Francisco and C.I. for allowing us to repost Francisco's entry. We thank Ava and C.I. for their TV review.
And we, always, thank our readers.

-- Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava and C.I.

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