writing about the cover story in the last Vegetarian Society's newsletter.
was a good thing that Edgar Kupfer-Koberwitz writing were "collected after
Americans liberated Dachau." But to "liberate" the suffering people in Iraq is
Writers can now reveal the truth about life in Iraq.
The stories can now,
thanks to the brave Americans (again) be told. The liberation of all living
under brutal oppressive regimes is what I pray for, when I pray for peace.
seems to be an assumption that somehow if a "different" political power were in
the White House that the outcomes would be preferable.
The majority of Americans do support the current administration's actions in
Iraq, and are far from blind to the realities it represents. It reminds us that
some things are worth fighting for.
It is my job, as a vegetarian and chef, to introduce people to previously
unthinkable food alternatives. Stereotypes are often a barrier for
non-vegetarians in consuming, and learning more in-depth about, vegetarianism.
It is made more difficult when vegetarian ethics are irresponsibly portrayed in
polarizing political agendas. Last month's newsletter opened with "Our
government's killing behemoth has been activated" implying that the United
States lustfully undertakes the dreadful actions necessary to free the writers
in Iraq that we may be blessed to quote one day. I am sad that anyone thinks
that of me, and all other Americans who do support the liberation of Iraq.
It is my hope that polarizing political agendas are not a trend for the
Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society. I have for years enjoyed events where many
open-minded discussions occur between vegetarians and non-vegetarians in the
Hudson Valley at Vegetarian Society gatherings. For diverse points of view to
exist respectfully… Equals peace.
We received many e-mails and phone calls about the cover
article in the Spring 2003 issue of Vegetarian Viewpoints. All but Susan
Wolfe-Hill's were congratulatory. The Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society values and
encourages open discussion of the many sensitive issues surrounding a person's
choice to lead a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. We are aware that people become
vegetarians for their own reasons, which does not obligate them to any political
agenda. For this reason, we do not consider our newsletter to be a venue for any
particular political position.
Although the opening sentence of the article Recipes for Peace uses strong
language, it is not meant to imply, as Ms. Wolfe-Hill writes, that we believe
that the United States "lustfully" undertook the actions that resulted in
deaths. The article analogizes killing during wars (including the Nazi regime),
and racist abuses, with the desensitization process humans assume against those
who are different (the "other"), and compares this with society's
desensitization to killing in factory farms. The point of the article is that
vegetarianism is a recipe for peace because it does not involve the killing or
abuse of sentient beings.
Please feel free to write to us with your views on the issues.