I am about to send an email to each of my Senators. For what it’s worth, here’s the content:
Dear Senator [name]:
As a supporter of yours, I am deeply concerned to know your position regarding the Egyptian people during this time of crisis in their country.
The news agency, Al-Jazeera English, is reporting that tear gas canisters and shell casings from rounds fired at the Egyptian people during their legitimate protests have “U.S. markings” on them. Moreover, because of those markings, many Egyptians are now asking the reporters why our country is opposing them.
Sir [or Madam], I believe the wide spread perception, however wrong, that the U.S. is actively oppressing the Egyptian people can do nothing but harm to U.S. interests in Egypt and the region.
Therefore, I adamantly urge you to prevent such a pending disaster by taking action now to impose an emergency ban on the export of tear gas and rubber bullets from the U.S. to Egypt. Both common humanity and U.S. interests demand such action.
I have the pleasure of being your staunch supporter,
I need some help here:
First, how can I improve on the wording of that email?
Second, does anyone wish to join me in asking for an emergency ban on U.S. shipments of tear gas and rubber bullets to Egypt?
By the way, I probably should send something to my Congressperson too, but he’s the sort who is extremely unlikely to do anything worthwhile. So, I’m going to pass him up.