From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.
Monday, August 02, 2004
According to the “Mission Statement” on their webpage, “The nonviolence ground-rules for the ISM are as follows (sic):” We will carry no weapons; We will not bring or use any alcohol or drugs other than for medical purposes; We will respect all the various agreements concerning the actions [TBON note: Huh?]. Such banal “ground-rules,” of course, preclude very little, if anything, in terms of actual violence, and so it’s no surprise that actions such as violently assaulting an Israeli security fence are, in the ISM’s enlightened albeit grammatically garbled worldview, somehow in accordance with being “nonviolent,” and blowing up a bus full of civilians is an act of “resistance.”
Here’s a picture from an earlier demonstration that featured the ISM. Now, don’t let the angry, snarling faces fool you: These folks are quite peaceful and nonviolent (even when they’re not), and they’re flashing “Peace” signs, not “V for Victory” signs.