Bush administration appears to be gearing up for an all-out attack
on Iraq – because
George Bush has said "I made up my mind that Saddam needs to
politicians justify this invasion of another nation with all sorts
of reasons –
such as Hussein's invasion of Kuwait, his supposed possession of
"weapons of mass destruction," and his support for the Palestine
Liberation Organization. And if all else fails to convince, the
coup de grâce is always "He even gassed his own people!"
(as though that provides constitutional authority for our politicians
to attack another country).
Go for the Big Game
if these are reasons to invade someone, there's a government that's
done all these things on a much larger scale – which would seem to justify having
an international military force attack it to make things right.
just the past two decades, that government has conducted unprovoked
military invasions of three other countries and attacked at least
four others. It possesses several times as many nuclear weapons
as Iraq might have. And it has supported terrorist operations and
military dictators in many countries.
to top it off, the government was caught red-handed gassing its
government has done all these things?
the U.S. government.
Invaded Grenada, Iraq, and Panama – not one of which attacked the U.S.
in any way.
Attacked Libya, Serbia, Afghanistan, and the Sudan
– not one of which attacked the U.S.
(No one has suggested that the government of Afghanistan or its
people were behind the September 11 attacks.)
An enormous stockpile of "weapons of mass destruction"
– nuclear, chemical, and biological.
(How safe do you think foreigners feel, knowing our government has
such a stockpile and is so eager to attack other countries?)
Supported such vile characters as Manuel Noriega,
the Taliban, Ferdinand Marcos, and others (all of which the U.S.
government itself labeled as evil people), not to mention dozens
of dictators in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.
de résistance is the U.S. government's use of poisonous
CS gas (banned by international convention)
to kill 80 Branch Davidians at Waco in 1993.
there a difference between what our government and Saddam Hussein
have done? Only in degree, not in kind.
who try to explain this away usually fall back on a simple principle:
whatever our government has done was for good reason, whatever our
enemies do is bad.
killing innocent people, invading foreign countries, bullying the
world are wrong –
no matter who does them.
this make America bad?
course not. "America" stands for peace and friendship, and was once
the beacon of liberty –
providing light and hope and inspiration to the entire world.
over the past century its politicians have run amok – ignoring all constitutional limits,
dictating to U.S. citizens how they must live their lives, pretending
to be the world's policemen, and telling foreigners who must run
surprisingly, the politicians do a horrendous job with everything
they attempt –
not just foreign policy. Their schools are a mess, they've made
a shambles of what was once the best health-care system in the world,
they've created criminal gangs with their Drug War, and they've
bled us white with their taxes.
even though they can't bring peace to the streets of Washington,
D.C., they arrogantly claim they will "rid the world of evil-doers."
One Is Impervious
America is the most powerful country in the world. So no one can
stop George Bush from pushing around any country he sets his sights
that doesn't mean we're safe from the consequences of such bullying.
September 11 showed that foreigners can be pushed only so far. It
also demonstrated that when you give other people a reason to hate
you, it is the most brutal elements of their society who will take
the lead in retaliating. Thus we were attacked by people who had
no qualms about killing the innocent –
even as they were supported by people who had real grievances against
Get America Back
his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said, "Peace, commerce
and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with
was right then. He is right today.
American citizen has the right to finance or join any cause he believes
in – anywhere
in the world. But our government has no business using your tax
money and risking your life to support any foreign cause.
President who thinks he can decide who should rule a foreign country
is a danger to the American people. He's a megalomaniac – putting you and your family at
extreme risk to satisfy his own delusions of grandeur.
we want to prevent further attacks on America, we have to start
by stopping the man in the White House.