Democracy is a wonderful feeling

Nipawin - Sunday - February 16, 2003 - by: Mario deSantis

''Iraq is a big threat? Baloney. The silence on a possible war is deafening. The greatest sin is silence.''

Helen Thomas, Veteran Journalist, Speech at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York, February 14, 2003




It has been few days since I was last working on my formal course on System Dynamics as I have been caught by the calamity of an impending war against Iraq. However, I am realizing that I am unconsciously learning to think in terms of System Dynamics, that is, looking at our relationships and events as a dynamic whole.




The most important concept of System Dynamics is the emergent and spontaneous phenomenon arising from our relationship.




Yesterday, with the unrelented push of President Bush to attack Iraq we had the true demonstration of democracy, as millions of people around the world have been protesting a possible war against Iraq while thousands and thousands of American troops are being assembled in Kuwait along the Iraqi border.




This is democracy, the emergent and spontaneous voice of people against injustice and wars. I have been explaining that democracy is not the result of statistical polling, as such, results are an assembly of contingent opinions, democracy is not the decision of current legitimate governments, as such, governments rule today on behalf of the elitist rich, and democracy is not even the decision of the United Nations, as this body continues to be manipulated and denigrated by President Bush.




My son Eric walked yesterday along with some ten thousands people in Winnipeg demonstrating for peace, and he says 'it was a wonderful feeling.'

Mario deSantis


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