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I'm curious about how people are feeling right now about the need for dialogue on the Iraq crisis. Are the people in your communities hungry for dialogue on this topic, or is there not too much interest (perhaps because they perceive the war as 'winding down')? Do you feel that there is another, more timely or pressing topic that D&D; practitioners should be focusing their efforts on? And if you have held a local dialogue on this issue, how did it go? Were you able to get people who are in favor of the war, or is it primarily people who oppose the war who feel compelled to attend dialogues in the issue?

Added by Sandy on April 14, 2003 04:28 PM

Count me in please.

Posted by: postal code on July 26, 2003 01:18 AM

Here in Australia the debate was a non-issue, not much intense debate. The crowds just watched the news to see what the oil bully did. The political charade continues while all the other small world network discussions continue.

They (the US. government) have the military, economic, political and social power to dominate the discourse of international politics. The average person doesn't have the capacity to understand the big political issues. They're too busy going to work, burning oil for mobility, feeding the kids, stessing over money, etc. to grasp the implications of American foreign policy, oil depletion, climate change, free trade and the war on terrorism. Does the average person care?

Yet...keep up the good valuable work. It's called hope. You're working towards it, it's a good first step. Next step is political engagement. Maybe this forum could focus on political engangement in the run up to the 2004 US. elections.

Posted by: ABliss on May 8, 2003 10:18 PM

The Miami Valley Issues Forum trained moderators at the University of Dayton to host forums using the National Issues Forum issue book "Americans' Role in the World." Over 200 students and faculty took part in 6 stimulating discussions. In the plenary that followed, we heard the sentiment that more discussions of this sort need to take place.Plans are to invite the broader Dayton community in to talk aboout the issue in the next few months. We don't see it as over?— in fact, the topic is just warming up. Students expressed both support for and against the war (this was held before bombing began) and the daughter of an Iraqi expressed concern for her relatives. What does it mean to be an American in the world today? People talked about everything from buying consciously to feeling vulnerable. We're going to keep at it!

Posted by: Connie on April 22, 2003 04:24 PM

The Miami Valley Issues Forum trained moderators at the University of Dayton to host forums using the National Issues Forum issue book "Americans' Role in the World." Over 200 students and faculty took part in 6 stimulating discussions. In the plenary that followed, we heard the sentiment that more discussions of this sort need to take place.Plans are to invite the broader Dayton community in to talk aboout the issue in the next few months. We don't see it as over?— in fact, the topic is just warming up. Students expressed both support for and against the war (this was held before bombing began) and the daughter of an Iraqi expressed concern for her relatives. What does it mean to be an American in the world today? People talked about everything from buying consciously to feeling vulnerable. We're going to keep at it!

Posted by: Connie on April 22, 2003 04:23 PM
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