Dear Antiwar.com Readers,
Every day readers send Antiwar.com fan mail and we are grateful for it. Thank you.
You know we appreciate it. Invariably, someone will ask "how do you do what you do?"
Usually I rattle off: With a shoestring budget, a core of loyal readers, and a small group of people who have made it their mission to end the violence that is endemic to U.S. foreign policy.
But that isn’t the full story.
I don’t take this daunting mission on alone.
Our News Editor, Jason Ditz, never sleeps. How could he? With USG intervention causing horrors for the people of Iraq, Somalia, Niger, Libya, the Philippines, Syria, Mali, and Yemen? With the militarization of the police state? Endless violations of our civil liberties? It would be too much for any mere mortal,but Jason isn’t a mere mortal. Our News Editor condenses and summarizes over 100 articles a day so we are never at a loss to explain the violence US foreign policy has caused all over the globe.
Our founder, Eric Garris, starts his work day at 6am and doesn’t stop until the page goes live at 9pm PT. He has done this every day for over 22 years — until the doctors said, NO MORE! Eric is finally taking part of Saturdays off (with constant nagging from me.)
When I tell him to slow down, He says, There are no days off from empire.
For the last 17 years the USG has been destroying, destabilizing, and occupying Afghanistan.
If you weren’t aware, our Editorial Director, Scott Horton, can tell you all about it. Scott spends days reading stacks of books, speaking to journalists, academics, and activists, and recording history in real time. It’s a thankless mission but one he does with grace.
Finally, our Editor-at-Large, Justin Raimondo, treats his cancer as he does the neoconservatives. Without pause or apprehension.
Why do we do it? Why would anyone do this? Behind many, many death counts are numerous stories. Many are stories of living breathing human beings just like you and me. They are people with hopes, dreams, and families who treasured them. Many of them were never a threat to the health or safety of any US citizen anywhere.
As for me, I have no tolerance for brutality. Give us the support we need to help Eric, Scott, Jason, and Justin sift through the best of the bad news.