that George Bush has quit pretending to weigh the pros and cons
of war, and has issued an unacceptable ultimatum to Saddam Hussein,
we can expect the war to begin before the week is out.
Senator Joe Lieberman was first out of the box with the slogans
of appeasement when he
said, "It's time to come together to support our great
American men and women in uniform and their commander-in-chief."
And Senator Bob Graham (who must have the same speech-writer) added,
"At a time like this, all Americans must come together to support
our commander-in-chief and our men and women in uniform."
I, too, support our boys in uniform – but
in a different way. I don’t want to see a single one of them
die in a useless war that will leave the world no better than before,
and that will probably make America much less safe – rather
than more secure.
As well, the Iraqi people have been starved and
hurt and deprived enough. George Bush likes to talk about how Saddam
Hussein has stalled for twelve years. But during those twelve years,
three American Presidents have stalled on ending the cruel and brutal
sanctions that have left Iraqis without the food, medicine, and
income they need to live even at third-world levels. Everytime Hussein
has complied with a demand from an American President, the Americans
have upped the ante or called the compliance a "cynical ploy."
Now our "boys" are going to go over there
to kill thousands of those poor Iraqis. They will kill with bombs
or missiles or mortars or rifles. However they do it, they will
leave a lot of dead bodies on the ground when they come home.
And when they come home, they will have learned that life is cheap,
that collateral damage is inevitable, that killing people that had
nothing against you is sometimes necessary. Our boys will never
be the same again. Is this how we want our children to turn out?
Some of them won’t even come home, since collateral
damage works both ways.
Of those who do come home, some will suffer for
years – perhaps for the rest of their lives – from guilt,
or with unexplained symptoms arising from the firing of weapons
armed with depleted uranium. Is this what you want for your children?
If your son is one of the casualties, what will
you think ten years from now – when Iraq is no more a democratic,
friendly nation than it is now? What will you think when it becomes
obvious that this wasn’t a war against Saddam Hussein, it
was a war against reason – the first in a series of empire-building
adventures against the likes of Iran, Syria, Libya, Saudi Arabia,
Is this why you had children – to send them
off to kill and to risk their lives in a meaningless war for the
benefit of a handful of politicians?
I’m sorry Senator Lieberman and Senator Graham,
but I not only think you’re mealy-mouthed, I think you’re
disgraceful. If you really think the country should unite now, it
should be united against the idea of attacking a virtually defenseless
nation on the unverified say-so of a known liar.
To "come together" to support insanity
is not patriotic, it is not reason, it is not moral. It simply makes
you as guilty as the people perpetrating this war.
you really want to support our boys over there, do the honorable
that they be brought home now.