September 21st, 2001


My Opinion of Dubya

... gets worse and worse every day. I'm talking about Bush's Address last night. He thanked a lot of countries, even some of the most obscure countries, but there was no mention of Canada. No mention of Canada. Right. Allowing American planes to be diverted to Canadian airports apparently even ranks below the children praying outside a US Embassy in South Korea.

Now Colin Powell and John Manley (Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister) are trying to cover up for him saying that "Canada is considered family, so we don't need to be thanked". ExCUSE me? That's weak. Very weak.


They have enough evidence...

... to prosecute Osama bin Laden in an American Court.

I'm interested in seeing what they think undisputedly links it all to him. But why should he be prosecuted as an American? Shouldn't he be tried internationally, by a UN Tribunal or something?

  • Current Mood
    curious curious

Bomb Them With Butter

This e-mail originated several degrees of separation ago (friend of a friend's friend). The claimed credit is to Kent Madin, part-owner of Boojum Expeditions who leads trips to Mongolia and other far-flung places. He wrote from Boojum Expeditions Khovsgol Lodge Management Mongolia. I have written to Boojum Expeditions to try to verify authorship (I don't want to be forwarding another "Kurt Vonnegut Speech"). Nonetheless, I think it's a great piece, worth sharing widely...

Bomb Them With Butter

A military response, particularly an attack on Afghanistan, is exactly what the terrorists want. It will strengthen and swell their small but fanatical ranks.

Instead, bomb Afghanistan with butter, with rice, bread, clothing and medicine. It will cost less than conventional arms, poses no threat of US casualties and just might get the populace thinking that maybe the Taliban don't have the answers. After three years of drought and with starvation looming, let's offer the Afghani people the vision of a new future. One that includes full stomachs.

Bomb them with information. Video players and cassettes of world leaders, particularly Islamic leaders, condemning terrorism. Carpet the country with magazines and newspapers showing the horror of terrorism committed by their "guest". Blitz them with laptop computers and DVD players filled with a perspective that is denied them by their government. Saturation bombing with hope will mean that some of it gets through. Send so much that the Taliban can't collect and hide it all.

The Taliban are telling their people to prepare for Jihad. Instead, let's give the Afghani people their first good meal in years. Seeing your family fully fed and the prospect of stability in terms of food and a future is a powerful deterrent to martyrdom. All we ask in return is that they, as a people, agree to enter the civilized world. That includes handing over terrorists in their midst.

In responding to terrorism we need to do something different... something unexpected..something that addresses the root of the problem. We need to take away the well of despair, ignorance and brutality from which the Osama bin Laden's of the world water their gardens of terror.

Kent Madin

Kent Madin's Reply

From: "Boojum Expeditions"
Subject: RE: Verifying Authorship: "Bomb Them With Butter"
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 18:08:31 -0700

Yep, I am Kent Madin and I wrote the Butter Bombs piece. Feel free to distribute it, no problem. A slightly expanded version is at:

Cheers and keep your fingers crossed... Kent

Boojum Expeditions
Uncommon Adventures since 1984