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Re: Theos-World Winter Olympics and US Patriotism

Feb 11, 2002 02:53 PM
by Larry F Kolts

Hi Mic,

This is a hard one and has caused division even among theosophists here
in the States.But my own gut feeling is we have to stop terrorism
including those governments that support it, but not condemn an entire

Shortly after 9/11 my family went to visit our very best friends in
another state. The husband just happens to be an Iranian national,
although he is a non practicing Moslem.
He was as upset at the terrorists as an American I had spoken to and just
as supportive of the U.S. policy. He also feels the Iranian government is
extreme and will never go back there. I'm sure many of those fine Iranian
athletes do NOT support terrorism and the remarks make by the newscaster
were entirely out of line.

Each will report their own take of all this however


On Sun, 10 Feb 2002 15:40:14 -0800 (PST) Mic Forster
<> writes:
> This is a post for our American friends out there. Here in 
> Australia there is a lot of talk about American patriotism since 
> Sept 11 and this was demonstrated at the opening ceremony of the 
> Winter Olympics. Although I did not watch this the local paper 
> stated that when the Iranian team entered the NBC announcer 
> proclaimed: "And here comes Iran - a member of the axis of evil". I 
> must admit that as an outsider I am deeply concerned at the way 
> Americans are behaving. And as an outsider and an avid reader of 
> Nazi Germany I must also admit that there are many, many parallels 
> between what I see occurring in America today and what occurred in 
> Germany between 1933 and 1939. As Americans do you feel that this is 
> occurring? Is there a general drive from the common man on the 
> street to see this so called axis of evil shattered? This email is 
> not meant to be insulting, I would just like to hear from an 
> American point of view. I would also just like to let you know the 
> sentiments of the rest of the world. (Before anyone comments on 
> Australia's support for the US, our Prime Minister is not highly 
> respected by the common man and there is concern among the public 
> here that George Bush is going too far.)
> Regards from down under
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