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Date:  Sun, 2 May 1999 17:05:53 +0900
From: Hendrik
To: Multiple recipients of NETSOURCE-L <netsource-l@mail.think.service>
Subject:  [NS] Colorado and Kosovo: What is NATO teaching our children?

Thursday, April 22, 1999


President Clinton on the school shootings: "We must do more to reach out to
our children and teach them to express their anger and to resolve their
conflicts with words, not weapons."

MARY JOAN PARK <jpark@capaccess.SPAMTRAP.org>

A peace educator and director of Little Friends for Peace, a peace camp for
young people, Park contrasted Clinton's statement on the Colorado shootings
with his bombing of Yugoslavia. When Clinton said children should "resolve
their conflicts with words, not weapons," Park's son asked: "Why doesn't he
do it?" Park said today: "Violence unleashes more violence. Yes, Mr.
Clinton, let's talk about it, not fight about it. Let's spend more money on
peace education programs, not weapon making. Let's stand for children and
let's live by our values. We're devastated by the students being killed.
Why is it we're not devastated by those killed by our bombs?"

SIMONA SHARONI <ssharon@american.SPAMTRAP.edu>

Professor at American University and director of its Peace and Conflict
Resolution Semester Program, Sharoni said: "Students in my peace and
conflict resolution seminar found Clinton's response to the Colorado
shooting ironic. It's hypocritical to expect adolescents to explore
alternative solutions to violence while their leaders are so quick to pull
the trigger. The glorification of violence in the media and in the
political arena coupled with the availability of guns no doubt contribute
to the likelihood of frustrated teenagers resorting to quick, violent
solutions. The solution is not to put more metal detectors in schools or
build fences around them, but to critically and courageously look at the
underlying social and political conditions that condone violence as a
legitimate way of dealing with conflict."

STEPHEN ZUNES <zunes@usfca.SPAMTRAP.edu>, <nanlouise@igc.SPAMTRAP.org>

An associate professor of politics and chair of the Peace and Justice
Studies Program at the University of San Francisco, Zunes said: "There was
something incongruous on the evening news about seeing President Clinton
condemn the violence in Colorado followed immediately by scenes of NATO's
devastation in Yugoslavia overlayed with the tired old rationalizations for
it. Unable to show any political gains from the bombing, such as an end to
Serbian atrocities, many are wondering if the bombing campaign may be just
as senseless as the high school shootings... The one good thing that may
come out of this tragic bombing is the realization that archaic military
alliances like NATO and bloated military budgets are not the best means to
insure peace and security in Europe - or anywhere else."

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; David Zupan, (541) 484-9167 --


Institute for Public Accuracy
915 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045
Tel. (202) 347-0020
URL: http://www.accuracy.org
E-Mail: <ipa@accuracy.SPAMTRAP.org>


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