Indigo Insights

Tuesday, January 14, 2003


From James Taranto, WSJ --
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the American Friends Services Committee, a k a the Quakers, sponsored a project at the Baldwin School, a private girls' institution, of "soap, toothbrushes, and other personal-hygiene items" to be sent to the enemy. After parents objected, the Quakers agreed to send the items to poor people in Philadelphia instead of to Iraq. "Many of these items would fall into the hands of the Iraqi army," notes Steve Carter, father of a Baldwin fourth-grader. "You think American POWs will be brushing their teeth with toothpaste? No, but their captors will."

But the antiwar movement is burgeoning in Toledo, Ohio, where, the Toledo Blade reports, "about 20 protesters for peace soldiered on" and demonstrated on Sunday. Wow, 20 people! The reader who sent this to us tells us the story appeared on page one of the Blade. We've never been to Toledo, but it must be the most boring place in the world if this is front-page news.

Reuters reports that songstress Sheryl Crow donned a T-shirt saying "War is not the answer" at last night's American Music Awards. "I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow," Sheryl crowed. "I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies."

OK, that "karmic retribution" stuff is pretty daffy, and war often is the answer (much of Europe may be run by weenies, but that sure beats Nazis). Still, Crow has a point about the desirability of not having enemies. So let's kill them.

(Indigo note: I LIKE JAMES!!)