My socially conscious daughter and her friends yesterday evening collected 34 signatures on a petition abhorring the terrible violence now besetting the border regions between Latvia and Estonia.
Their petition demanded UN peacekeeping forces and “immediate foodstuffs and monetary support to the suffering civilian populations.” The majority of people they approached signed, though some disagreed with the petition. One person asked them if they supported the war in Iraq. When they said “no,” she responded that she did, and would not sign. Another said, by way of explaining his refusal, “I’m an American! I’m a Republican!”