Monday, November 28, 2005

Stay Your Hand...

Sod it... if Boris J. will...we all will (the Sun's already informed me I'm a traitor) BJ says: 'The Attorney General's ban is ridiculous, untenable, and redolent of guilt. I do not like people to break the Official Secrets Act ... we now have allegations of such severity, against the US President and his motives, that we need to clear them up.
If someone passes me the document within the next few days I will be very happy to publish it in The Spectator, and risk a jail sentence. .. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If we suppress the truth, we forget what we are fighting for'

Anyway, there are two memos - go and look at Blairwatch

UPDATE:Nearly 200 of us are getting snippy enough to risk jail, reports the Times. Well done Blairwatch!

( For non politically-obsessed/non UK readers - The Mirror and other papers reported a story that Blair asked Bush not to bomb Al Jazeera. The story has since been denied. )

Now Al Jazeera's staff have started a blog to beg Bush not to bomb them

5 things the Al-Jazeera staff would like you to know about Al Jazeera
1. Al Jazeera was the first Arab station to ever broadcast interviews with Israeli officials.
2. Al Jazeera has never broadcast a beheading.
3. George W. Bush has recieved approximately 500 hours of airtime, while Bin Laden has received about 5 hours of airtime.
4. Over 50 million people across the world watch Al Jazeera.
5. The Al Jazeera websites are (Arabic) and (English)., and all other variations have nothing to do with us.

Meanwhile, a silent march in Paris

The family and friends of an 18-year-old girl, doused with petrol and set alight in broad daylight by the man she refused to marry, led a silent march through a Parisian suburb yesterday.
Chahrazad Belayni is currently fighting for her life in intensive care after suffering severe burns on 60 per cent of her body. She is being kept in an artificial coma.

I wrote last week about evil, and fear, and anger, and hate. And how many times you have the choice: give into your fear, feed upon it, become drunk with the power anger and hate gives you and lash out, or stay your hand.

We all have the choice. We all make it, day after day. Lash out, or reach out.
I know which I think takes more courage.

(Although I still have days when I would really like to lamp someone...I punch seven shades out of my pillow instead. It can be quite extraordinarily restorative.)


Blogger Mimi NY said...

Hi Rachel

Excellent article in The Times. Well done. Having suffered sex abuse of a very different kind I am awed by your strength after your (double) ordeal. Weird, having a very 'life-and-death' week in Manhattan. Very, very sad.

November 30, 2005 12:42 am  
Blogger Ceridwen Devi said...

we will also publish and be dammned
(or jailed). nice to be on Boris's
side for a change. you have some
great quotes in this posting.
we aggree that every day we choose
between what we believe is true
and what may be convenient at the

November 30, 2005 3:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What we believe is true is usually what what most of us have been conditoned to believe, as children, to be true. But some of us actually manage to grow up and become adults and do our own thinking. Then, and only then, can we choose between right and wrong!

December 09, 2005 12:48 am  

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