From the Front

Summarizing and debunking the latest ploys, propaganda, and tall tales promulgated by the War Party....

by Mike Ewens

Destinations
Columnists

September 2nd, 2002

Bourne reborn

An appraisal of the damage of Ashcroft and his "freedom initiatives:"

...governments everywhere have been restricting rights or enforcing existing laws more harshly, and thus reducing the freedoms that people used to enjoy.

Since when were freedoms "enjoyed?" I could have sworn there were founded on certain inalienable rights. It is this very notion - that freedoms are a luxury - that has brought justification and legitimacy to laws such as the Patriot Act post-9/11. War is the health....

Rhetoric is front of action

Richard Reeves questions the intelligence of those in the Bush Administration:

These people don't know what they are doing and are looking for light at the end of the tunnel.

If they look at the end of the tunnel, the requirements for war will be missing:

1. Clear and present danger. First, what does this mean and second, Saddam is very far away, has a third rate army, a starving population and nuclear Israel next door.
2. Weapons of Mass Destruction. Need we go over this again? There is no evidence.
3. 9/11 connections. That is like trying to find the Constitution in Ashcroft's library.

Hell-bent for Saddam

Gen. Anthony Zinni demands a public debate concerning the war in Iraq. His most important point is the most implicitly offensive to Bush and his policy-hawks:

It might be interesting to wonder why all the generals see it the same way, and all those that never fired a shot in anger and really hell-bent to go to war see it a different way. That's usually the way it is in history.

The dichotomy exists probably because generals understand that war kills while think-tank policy hawks see it as a constant power struggle between Israel and the world; one soaking in oil.

A lesson from Europe....what?

Yes, and Eric Margolis is demanding the US pay attention to the actions of Europe:

Unlike post-9/11 America, Europe did not indulge in self-pity and nationalist frenzy. Europeans became hardened to random, bloody attacks. There were few calls in Europe, such as we now hear in the U.S., for vengeance attacks and extensive military operations against foreign nations.


The US government has responded to terrorism in the worst way possible: through reciprocal violence. Unfortunately, America has forgotten the past,

...what the British Imperialists used to call "the price of empire."


Ahh, that word again. Perhaps the war on terrorism is a means towards empire rather the protection of one.

Empire-builder says "Not this time"

Joining the long list of opponents to military action in Iraq, former president Bill Clinton is having his say:

If he [Saddam] knew for sure we were coming, he might have maximum incentive to use them [WMD] and to give them to other people....

Wow, wise words for the man who utilized the military to distract the public from things "going on under his desk." Also from a man that bombed the civilian population of Serbia to aid a quasi-terrorist group in a semiautonomous region.




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Mike Ewens is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis. Apart from his full-time student status, he is actively involved in the campus libertarian/ conservative newspaper and College Libertarians Economics and mathematics occupy his academic time, while his intellectual curiosity is further satisfied with political theory and foreign affairs. Contact him for information about bringing Justin Raimondo and other speakers to your campus.

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