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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

guess what's on the telly tonight

Plenty of the better US blogs have had their say on today's anniversary, pouring predictable scorn at their leadershit (that concept gets much better when you take the p out of it). My own personal fave

is no exception and you have to feel sorry for the Americans as one of the world's less brilliant leaders and his cronies trample all over the dead to further their political ambitions - not often they do it at home, though...

I was reminded of a rather more positive anniversary that fell this week. It's 20 years since some women decided to make a stand against an ideology that threatened to kill us all and trotted off to a then little-known US airforce base destined to take delivery of Britain's first batch of US cruise missiles.

And Greenham Common was born. Ordinary women of all ages and descriptions (well maybe not so many Tories) took a stand against madness and murder and taught us some valuable lessons in non-violent resistance. One day they joined hands and hugged the base and all the time they put baby clothes and children's possessions on the wire. The irony of the Daily Mail readers' hatred of these women as your classic hairy lesbian lefties was that many fought in the name of their own children and husbands - all made their stand for men and women everywhere and every innocent potential victim of the nuclear weapons to be stationed at Greenham. They were there on the side of life - some were veterans of Aldermaston, some became politicised for the first time, but they proved (if proof were needed) that women can see past the dick-swinging and the rhetoric of destruction and focus on life, on love and lots of the good things people pretend they are fighting wars for. On this orgiastic day so associated with death, we might take a moment to think of these women with respect and gratitude.


  • At 12:43 AM, Blogger witchy-woo said…

    Thanks for that SW. It's good to be reminded of something so positive.

  • At 11:40 AM, Blogger simply wondered said…

    A group of women annoying the establishment by rejecting its negative value system, thinking for themselves, achieving stuff without men and being branded with the same old 'ugly' 'hairy' 'lesbian' tags. Good job that sort of thing doesn't happen any more!


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