[Hpn] confusion

Harmony Kieding worldhome@thesociety.net
Sun, 16 Feb 2003 08:19:30 -0800


Hi Rod,

I hear and honor both you and how it's been, and is, for you.

I forwarded the article to HPN because it talked about Vietnam Vets and homelessness,
and homelessness, or former homelessness, is what we all have in common on this
list.

We in HPN can focus on what we all have in common, and/or focus on all our differences;
our differences are vast and varied: different races, religions (or not),political,
apolitical, gender, sexual orientation, environmental, economic/educational
backgrounds- and that's just for starters.

I was not for the war in Vietnam, either. However, I AM for each and every homeless
person who so desires it to be able to have an affordable roof over his or her
head, and that includes Vietnam Vets. 

Causing confusion was not my intent, so my apologies.


Harmony









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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>To make my >confusion 
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>I was and am >completely

>against the war in Vietnam.  It was catastrophic in many ways & >I 
>believe any war is wrong.  I grew up poor, in group homes and >foster homes

>in East Vancouver BC Canada and just about all my friends were Asians >and
I 
>still am angred at the subtle racism going on there.  My buddies >had a hard

>time and were constantly critisized for all sticking together and being >so
close 
>knit.  But they did that because when you are not fully accepted in >society

>you will form your own society.  That happens often with less >privileged 

>youth as well.  I was in a gang myself.  I know what it is to >feel the 
>need for acceptence and solidarity.  But when it comes to war 
>and politics... Isn't it a bit more >complex?</STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>Here the >the post modern

>so called new age world we live in isn't it  a bit 
>complex? </STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>What would have >happened
if 
>we hadn't gone to the aid of Europe in 1942?  Many people fought >agonst 
>U.S. involvement in WW2.  And for good reason.  But when must >a 
>democracy (And I'm not saying U.S. is the best example all the >time) when

>do we step in to aid those who are being tortured in their own >countries,

>those who are being oppressed;  womans rights being trampled >on.  
>Women are legally beaten to death on the street for minor infractions of >the

>fundamentalist laws.</STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>Isn't France >and Germany
more 
>in need of good relations FOR OIL from Iraq?  Isn't >U.S. more in 
>need of oil from elsewhere anyway?  </STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>These are just 
>questions. </STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>I really >am very 
>progressive and respect academia, professionals and activists of all >stripes,
I 
>really do.  </STRONG></FONT></DIV>
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><DIV align=justify><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>Peace to 
>all.  </STRONG></FONT></DIV></BODY></HTML>
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