Monday, August 14, 2006

Anne Zwicker Kerr (The Murder of American Values in Lebanon)

I’ve never simply linked someone else’s essay on this blog, but I’m doing that for Anne Zwicker Kerr’s essay on Lebanon.  She is the widow of Malcolm Kerr, former president of the American University there who was assassinated by Islamic militants in 1984. (She’s also Steve Kerr’s mother) Instead of being bent on revenge, she makes an eloquent plea for building understanding between cultures and condemns current U.S. policy there as a departure from that approach.   The Murder of American Values in Lebanon.  


At 8/15/2006 08:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bombs don't solve anything. They break bodies and almost as cruelly break hearts.

It is so grueling to see people who believed in the story of America -- like the folks in Beirut, like me -- who believed in the dream of justice and human rights, to see us watch greedy corporate terrorists in suits steal the wellbeing of the citizens while their minions the militarists waste lives and staggering sums of money.

[There are cultures in which plurals are said by doubling the word, so I might have said: "...while their minions the militarists waste liveslives and staggering sums of moneymoney."

At 8/16/2006 12:13:00 AM, Blogger Chancelucky said...

American University in Beirut was one of the great symbols of American good will in the Middle East. It's simply sad to see someone identified so strongly with that institution who wants to tell us that our policy there no longer has any relationship to the ideals championed by American University. The sad thing is the media seems to be barely listening to her. This ran for a couple hours then disappeared.


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