New chain E-mail?

  Theonewhowatchesoveryou 12:43 18 Feb 2003

Have today recieved this unsolicited e-mail address to "unknown recipient"
Contents as follows

Please forgive the intrusion, this is a one off for world peace:-

Subject: World Peace - Rice for Iraq

No war with Iraq? A simple, but powerful action.

There is a grassroots campaign underway to protest war in Iraq in a
simple, but potentially powerful way.

Place 1/2 cup uncooked rice in a small plastic bag (a snack-size bag or
sandwich bag work fine). Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Wrap
it in a piece of paper on which you have written,

"If your enemies are hungry, feed them." Romans 12:20.
Please send this rice to the people of Iraq; do not attack them."

(If you are of a different faith than Christian, substitute a statement
from your own faith tradition.)

Place the paper and bag of rice in an envelope (either a letter-sized or
padded mailing envelope--both are the same cost to mail) say a prayer for
peace and and address
them to:

President George Bush
White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500

Attach $1.06 in postage. (Three 37-cent stamps equal $1.11.)


Tony Blair
10 Downing Street

Drop this in the mail TODAY. It is important to act NOW so that
President Bush gets the letters ASAP, preferably before the report from
the inspectors comes out on the 27th.

In order for this protest to be effective, there must be hundreds of
thousands of such rice deliveries to the White House. We can do this if
you each forward this message to your friends and family.

There is a positive history of this protest! In the 1950s, Fellowship of
Reconciliation began a similar protest, which is credited with
influencing President Eisenhower against attacking China. Read on:

"In the mid-1950s, the pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation, learning
of famine in the Chinese mainland, launched a 'Feed Thine Enemy' campaign.
Members and friends mailed thousands of
little bags of rice to the White House with a tag quoting the Bible, "If
thine enemy hunger, feed him."

As far as anyone knew for more than ten years, the campaign was an abject
failure. The President did not acknowledge receipt of the bags publicly;
certainly, no rice was ever sent to China.

"What nonviolent activists only learned a decade later was that the
campaign played a significant, perhaps even determining role in preventing
nuclear war. Twice while the campaign was on, President
Eisenhower met with the Joint Chiefs of Staff to consider U.S. options
in the conflict with China over two islands, Quemoy and Matsu.
The generals twice recommended the use of nuclear weapons.
President Eisenhower each time turned to his aide and asked how many little
bags of rice had come in. When told they numbered in the tens of thousands,
Eisenhower told the generals that as long as so many Americans were
expressing active interest in having the U.S. feed the Chinese, he certainly
wasn't going to consider using nuclear weapons against them."

From: People Power: Applying Nonviolence Theory by David H. Albert, p. 43,
New Society, 19.

Please share this email with friends.


  €dstow 12:51 18 Feb 2003

Rice to China? It'll be snow to the Arctic, coals to Newcastle and sand to the Sahara next.

There were very large demonstrations worldwide over the weekend - they won't have any effect, why should a few bags of rice?


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