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News :: Human Rights : International : Media : Politics
Dear Michael Moore,
08 Nov 2004
Dear Michael Moore,

I am writing you this “open letter” in friendship and solidarity. You are famous, rich and powerful. I am none of the above. But we both belong to the anti war movement and both are working to contribute to a better and more just world.

I have recently read your last two posts in your website. “My first thoughts after the election...” posted on Thursday, November 4th, 2004 and “17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...” posted on Friday, November 5th, 2004. Since you start with “Dear Friends,” as a friend I would like to answer.

With all the respect, I find both of them dangerous and immoral.

“My first thoughts after the election...” is a list of all the US military personal killed in Iraq. Didn’t you have any thoughts for the 100,000 Iraqi civilians (most of them women and children) murdered by the US lead coalition forces? Any thoughts at all for those Iraqi, men, women and children, raped and tortured by the US military personal?

In “17 Reasons Not to Slit Your Wrists...” you write jokes and, trying to cheer the anti war people up, make fun of the moment. I could understand your point of view (let’s fight with humor and let’s have fun while doing so) before the elections. But now, keep joking and making fun is – in my judgment – completely useless and, frankly, immoral.

Life is a mixture of comedy and tragedy and denying the latter is a tragedy itself. There are moments in history and in our lives when we must look at this tragedy in all its reality, without trying to make it more ‘manageable’. Massive crimes against humanity have been committed. By our governments. In our name. With our tax money. These crimes are going on. It’s time for us, the anti war people around the world, to stop laughing and to assume our responsibility. It’s time to understand the tragedy in all its darkness and enormity. It’s time for outrage. And action.

This may not be the law of the show business. But certainly is the law of human conscience as understood by all the ordinary people around the world, without boundaries.

In solidarity,
Gabriele Zamparini
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Grow up Gabriele.
08 Nov 2004
Michael Moore can joke about whatever he wants to. What's the use of freedom if you have to worry about some troll whining everytime you open your mouth.
Re: Dear Michael Moore,
08 Nov 2004
Some distraught Kerry fan committed suicide at Ground Zero this weekend.
Re: Dear Sean Penn,
09 Nov 2004
1. I'm sure that Michael Moore would have listed the names of the 100,000 Iraqi civilians if he'd known them. Do you? If so, please append them to your letter.
2. Whatever. He's making his point in the way he thinks best. He's not your elected representative, he's a private citizen sending a mass-email. If you feel you can do better, send your own letter.
3. I know that I could use a laugh about now, so please don't discourage others from making jokes.

I am an "ordinary person" and not a show business person, so please don't presume to speak for me.