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Like father, like son.

Also: This is a brilliant idea! In the 1950s, a pacifist group launched a campaign to feed starving people in China. They sent bags of rice to the White House, with taglines from the Bible: "If thine enemy hunger, feed him." It doesn't sound like the kind of thing that could change anyone's opinion. It sounds pretty silly and dreamy. But a decade later they learned that when President Eisenhower was considering the use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with China over Quemoy and Matsu, he repeatedly asked an aide how many bags of rice had come in. Tens of thousands, he was told. Eisenhower said that as long as Americans were that concerned with feeding the Chinese, he couldn't consider bombing them.

Could it work again?

edit: OK, so the Eisenhower part isn't exactly what happened (grr! I should remember -- never expect to get the truth from a religious organization! Frickin' Mennonites!) but the rice protest is actually real. So send your Uncle Ben's to Chimpy the Dumbass tout de suite!

Replies: 2 Confessions

I still liked the one at empty-handed the best.

elavil @ 02/03/2003 08:24 AM CST

My rice is in the baggie, soon to leave for Wash, DC

Mom C @ 02/04/2003 05:53 PM CST

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