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Aphelion Editorial 068

March 2003

by Dan L. Hollifield

Hello and welcome!

Well, there isn't anything in current eventsthat has set me off on a rant for this month, so maybe its about time for something lighter to grace my editorial again. Quite possibly everyone has seen a short little piece on CNN about the wit desplayed on the signs carried by the current crop of anti-war protestors. Even if you don't agree with the protesters, you'll have to admit that they have some talented minds among them. Luckily for me, the nice people over on the Larry Niven mailing list collected a listing of these slogans. I'd like to quote them for your entertainment. Please join me in thanking the Niven List folks for their work in making this listing. And thank the protesters themselves for being so inventive.

War Is SO 20th Century Don't Mess With Mesopotamia Draft The Bush Twins War Is A Dick Thing, Peace Is A Heart Thing Bush does for Christianity what Bin Laden does for Islam When Bush Comes To Shove
Brains Not Bombs Goddess Bless the Whole Wide World George Dubya: Weapon Of Mass Distraction Beat The Bushes For Peace Weapons Of Mass Destruction: Look Under The Bushes Drop Bush, Not Bombs
Evolve! Work For A Non-violent Future If War Is The Answer, We're Asking The Wrong Question Killing Innocent People Is The Problem, Not The Solution Save America, Spare Iraq, Make Texas Take Him Back Real Patriots Drive Hybrids Drop Names, Not Bombs
Who Would Jesus Bomb? Stop Mad Cowboy Disease George Bush Couldn't Run A Laundromat Bush Is A Servant Of Sauron. We Hates Him! There Is No Path To Peace - Peace IS The Path Justice Or Just Us?
Tame The Tyrant In The Mirror, Then The One In Iraq Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld: Axis Of Weasel Go Solar, Not Ballistic Nonviolence, Not Nonexistence A Village In Texas Has Lost Its Idiot How Many Lives Per Gallon?
Make Alternative Energy Not War How Did Our Oil Get Under Their Soil? Regime Change Begins At Home More MPGs, Less MIAs Rich Man's War Poor Man's Blood Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War
Smart Bombs Don't Justify Dumb Leaders We Have Guided Missiles And Misguided Men Who's The Unelected Tyrant With The Bomb? Peaceful Solution Not Daddy's Retribution All Humanity Is Downwind If You Are Not Outraged You Are Not Paying Attention
Ariel Sauron - Needs $12 Billion more for the armies of Mordor Let's Try Preemptive Peace

There were many more signs on the list, but these that I quoted are some of the best and most inventive ones. Feelings run high on both sides of the question of war. No matter how you personally feel, please make your feelings known to your governmental representatives. You have a right to express your opinions, but you should express them where it will do the most good. Its a big world out there, but we are all connected in some way. Let's try to think of a way to make it a better world, too.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled fiction...

Thanks for your time.



2003 Dan L. Hollifield

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