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What to do about Iraq? Help the soldiers.

Tomorrow is the four-year anniversary of "Mission Accomplished." Right.

Here's a brilliant consideration of what to do about the mess we've created in Iraq. Not sure if I agree with all her points, but we have to start this discussion if we ever hope to fix things.

What, really, can we as individuals do about all this? Voting didn't seem to change anything, and the Bushies sure won't listen to the people (unless those people run major corporations profiteering off the war). So how about helping make the soldiers' lives easier? I know of two ways:

Here's a great book-donation program started by science-fiction people. Give the bored soldiers your books! Give 'em science-fiction books so they come back with the mental framework of being able to see things are they aren't-yet-but-could-be.

Here's the first war-zone gaming convention, to be held in Iraq on June 9. Send the soldiers gaming supplies!

And spread the word.



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May. 1st, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
I have to add, as someone who's been on the receiving end of those military book exchanges, do a girl a favor and put in a lighter book or two, something with a heroine as a lead or that doesn't have a war theme. The books that get sent to those book donation programs are usually military themed (Hunt for Red October type stuff) or male-dominated crime and mystery novels. Even the guys like getting stuff that's not about the world they see every day or heavy drama, because not everyone likes that stuff all the time.
May. 1st, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent thought. I'll look for some lighter stuff when I check the thrifts this weekend. I'm kicking myself for not thinking of this during the Library Book Sale. Gah!!!
May. 1st, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I sent my first donation toward Zigguratcon out yesterday, as a matter of fact. :-)

Also, I sent out books to soldiers when the war first started. Maybe it's time to do that again.
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