Many in the U.S. turn to the BBC for better news than the muck our networks produce. Many of us who want to end the war in Iraq look to the Stop the War Coalition's leadership and are grateful for the protests they create when Condoleezza sets foot on their soil, and for the statements, posters, pamphlets, and books the coalition produces.
The newest book from the Stop the War Coalition is called "Not One More Death." It's 57 short pages, about the size of a TV Guide with all the ads cut out. The book is composed of short essays by Brian Eno, John Le Carre, Harold Pinter, Richard Dawkins, Haifa Zangana, and Michael Faber. It's as good a statement as I've seen of why this war is cruel and destructive and why we must devote our energies to ending it as soon as possible.
Want to persuade some friends and neighbors? Buy this book and give it to them. Buy a supply, hand them out. Have a book discussion. It's short enough that you can ask anyone to prove their open-mindedness by reading it.
"The defining event of the last ten years was the fraudulent election of George Bush as President of the United States in 2000."
The approach this book takes to persuading people is not that of point-by-point argumentation, beginning from where the readers supposedly are and progressing didactically to some location just right of John McCain and left of Hillary Clinton. Rather, the book drops one into a worldview that may be very different from your own but is more likely to strike you as coherent and compelling than would an argument that started from Fox News and progressed by stages from sadism all the way through to sacrifice.
This book, not just Harold Pinter's brilliant Nobel acceptance speech (which is included), is an attempt to shape our understanding around an accumulation of facts that are habitually ignored. The result should prove eye-opening to many if we can get this book into their hands.