Our friends at Ruckus Productions recently did an incisive and graphically charged agit-prop video to help launch the Avaaz.org campaign: Stop The Clash of Civilizations, with music by DJ Spooky. Yesterday it was posted on the home page of YouTube and as of this moment has been viewed over 188,000 times.
The campaign's objective is to galvanize an independent, international movement calling for real Middle East peace talks. As it says on the website, "Talk is rising of a 'clash of civilizations.' But the problem isnt culture, its politics from 9/11 to Guantanamo, Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don't want it. So where to start? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the key symbol of the rift between Islam & the West. It's time to step up and take the initiative."
Here's a little about the group behind the campaign: "Avaaz.org (Avaaz means "voice" or "song" in Hindi, Urdu, Farsi, and other langauges) is a community of global citizens who take action on major issues around the world. We have members in every country on earth, and operate in twelve languages. Our aim is to ensure that the views and values of the world's people–and not just political elites and unaccountable corporations–shape global decisions."
You can sign the petition on the Avaaz site and forward the link. And then you can meditate on the weird attraction factor that the "clash of civilizations" bunk has had on American culture, and rejoice in the realization that in fact we are all one.