Monday, December 31, 2007

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President Bush and the Pervasive Internet Petition

by Akiva at Mystical Paths

President Bush is coming to ... Please sign the Internet petition to stop ...

It's well meaning. It's well intentioned. It's well passed along. And it's a complete misdirection of useful efforts.

Practically no Internet petition has ever resulted in any real world action. Period.

Yes, President Bush is coming to Jerusalem. Yes, the US State Department has pressured Israel to STOP BUILDING in Jerusalem (itself), in Jewish Towns of the Shomron (West Bank), and anywhere some 25 year old in Foggy Bottom thinks the Arabs might object to for any reason whatsoever.

And yes, I can't find an apartment in Jerusalem or even in the surrounding towns or suburbs because there is basically a housing SHORTAGE (thank you Condoleeza).

But if you're going to go b'derech teva, according to the ways of the world, an Internet petition isn't going to make an impact. Here's what might:

1. CALL the Whitehouse and register your complaint. +1 202-456-1111, 9am-5pm, US-EST.

That's it. Now, spiritual options, frankly they hold much greater promise.

(Photo of Jerusalem from Ramot Alef.)

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