An Open Letter on the Word “Foreign”

Kevin Buckland of 350.0rg shared his recent article with 10 Years + Counting connecting the cost of war to the KeystoneXL for Tar Sands Action:

To Whom it May Concern –

[Please note: This letter about the war will be written in the driest way possible. Many things, such as the silence after a bomb falls, will be ignored. Children’s limbs will not be mentioned, nor will death tolls. Rather, we will let these manufactured tragedies sit silent. Please let that silence rest heavily, like the silence of a soldier who returns from a war but will not speak of what he has seen.]

Two weeks ago my mother bought a senior-citizen’s bus ticket to Washington D.C., where she would be arrested for the first time in her life. She was one of more than 1,200 people who participated in the massive civil-disobedience protesting the Keystone XL pipeline. This proposed pipeline would provide a pathway to bring the oil-soaked sands of Alberta – the dirtiest oil on the planet, to refineries in Texas. This is a very long way to hope no screw ever comes loose, or no truck ever digs in the wrong spot; we already know what an oil spill can do to drinking water, or crop land, or people.

Supporters of this pipeline cite our need for independence from foreign oil (though if Canada is no longer foreign, perhaps it would be more advisable to share their public health system). Those who support the pipeline can be seeing using the 10 year anniversary of 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan as proof that we should be getting our oil from our friends who have it, rather than trying to make friends with those who have oil.

…Read the rest here

To join the Tar Sands Action to stop the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House on November 6th, sign up here:

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