Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Picture of the Day

Demonstrators stage a mock ministerial meeting outside the European Union Council building in Brussels, Monday, Dec. 8, 2008. Demonstrators, who were asking for more troops to be sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo, simulated a meeting of foreign ministers with an artificially bloodied victim of the conflict. EU nations are divided over whether to send an EU peacekeeping force to eastern Congo after U.N. officials appealed for more troops. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

It's hard to imagine a similar protest occurring in the U.S. Our activists are far too polite: Meeting officials discretely at their offices; presenting petitions; writing reports based on recent country visits. These are all worthy activities, but they don't bump the decision process along very far.

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