3.31.2006

A New and Effective IED

Now here's an IED that might come in handy.

A hat tip to Michael Miller at Informed Dissent for pointing the way to the International Endowment for Democracy, among whose board of directors are Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, Gore Vidal, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Ramsey Clark. A clip from their Preamble:
APPEAL

HELP! HELP! The house is on fire and we are all living in it. The United States government and its dependent organizations, such as the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), have responded to the fire... by pouring more oil on it. They call it "democratic nation building"—a fancy name for the perpetual wars, theft of the commons, exploding economic inequalities, weakening civil liberties (including the introduction of torture), and the intensifying degradation and outright destruction of our natural environment that lie hidden behind "free" trade and the promise (seldom fulfilled) of a "free" election. Billions of people outside America want this madness to stop, but what can they do? Our new and independent organization, the International Endowment for Democracy (I.E.D.), believes it will only stop if democratic nation building (the real thing, not the oil) is applied to the U.S., which is the country most responsible for these frightening global developments, and that people everywhere can play a role in bringing it about.

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