apparently wants to invade Iraq more than anything else in the world.
And just when he thought he had sufficient support to do so, foreign
leaders started backing out.
he went to the U.N. and gave a stirring speech – saying Saddam Hussein
must allow weapons inspections or the U.S. will invade – only to have
Hussein agree to allow the inspectors in.
is the Point?
his quest to go to war, the president is supported by writers and
commentators who never saw a war they didn't like. That may be because
they never have to go to war themselves – they just send others to
these people, the object isn't a democratic Iraq or U.S. security.
The object is war.
goal isn't peace in the Middle East or removing dangerous weapons.
The goal is war.
warmongers demonstrate that war is the purpose of it all by the way
they promote it.
you try to deal with any of their claims, they change the subject.
you point out that Pakistan (a military dictatorship), India,
Russia, China, France, Britain, Israel and the United States all
have "weapons of mass destruction" (including chemical and biological
weapons), the war-mongers say, "But Hussein gassed his own people."
you point out that Bill Clinton gassed the Branch Davidians at
Waco, the warmongers say, "But Hussein invaded Kuwait."
you point out that the U.S. invaded Panama and Grenada – and has
bombed numerous countries that didn't attack the U.S. – the war-mongers
say, "But Hussein operates a brutal dictatorship."
you ask if this means we must invade several dozen other countries
in the world who are suffering under brutal dictatorships, the
war-mongers say, "But Hussein has violated a dozen U.N. resolutions"
(this is usually claimed by someone who doesn't think the U.N.
should even exist).
you point out that the U.S. also violates U.N. resolutions – and
didn't even pay its dues for many years – the war-mongers say,
"But Hussein has weapons of mass destruction," and we've come
full circle and can start all over again.
any of these claims were a truly serious concern, the war-mongers
wouldn't be jumping around from one contention to another.
and Damned Lies
every war, the historians dig through the archives and discover that
a great deal of what our government claimed as the reason for going
to war was untrue.
World War II, we found out that the Pearl Harbor attack was neither
"unprovoked" nor a "surprise."
the Vietnam War, we discovered that the Vietnamese didn't really
fire on American ships in the Gulf of Tonkin, and so the Senate
resolution escalating the war was based on a fraud.
the Gulf War, it turned out that the Kuwaiti woman who told Congress
that she witnessed Iraqi atrocities in Kuwait – and thereby incited
several senators to vote for war – wasn't even in Kuwait at the
time she "saw" the atrocities.
so it goes. The politicians get us all whipped up, and only later
do we discover that what we knew about the war and the enemy was a
Are Our Leaders
of course, it isn't just war that politicians lie about. They lie
about their loyalty to the Constitution, they lie about their voting
records, they lie about the contents of the bills they pass, they
lie about the non-existent "budget surpluses."
as though that weren't enough, they vote for bills they haven't read
and don't understand. They browbeat committee witnesses on subjects
the politicians know nothing about. They seize on any imaginable event
as an excuse to arrogate more power to themselves and to take more
liberty away from us.
they expect us to go to war on their say-so.
believe what you want. But as for me, until George Bush lays out specific,
credible, verifiable, understandable evidence that Saddam Hussein
poses an immediate threat to the security of the United States of
America (not just to the "interests" of the U.S., as defined by power-hungry
politicians), I prefer to keep my self-respect and oppose any thought
of going to war.
love America, not its government.
am loyal to the Constitution, not to the politicians.
love the traditional American way of life, not the 1984 version
we're living today.
I don't understand why it is so great to live in a country that's
constantly at war with someone somewhere in the world.