sent $50 during the past two donation drives. I'm sending $100 in the mail tomorrow.
I have two boys in the military and appreciate everything you're doing. I am
tired of the lies and the greed and the cowardly bullying that has caused this
war and is causing so much misery to a few of us in the United States and millions
in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East.
Please keep up
the good work.
Thursday I will
be militant again. I cannot believe that a 56-year-old woman has to go back
to congressional offices, deliver letters, and stand at street corners with
signs. I thought this was over in the 1960s and 1970s. God help us if I have
to fight for my grandchildren.
~ Rhoda S.
Consequences of Attacking Iran
Utley's excellent article on the consequences of a U.S. attack on Iran omits one
very important point.
In the case of
any U.S. bombing campaign against its putative nuclear facilities, Iran might
well respond by massively activating Iraqi Shi'ites (60 percent of the Iraqi
population) against U.S. forces in Baghdad and al-Anbar province, and cutting
their supply route southward from Basra and the Persian Gulf. This southern
part of Iraq is of course precisely where Iraqi Shi'ites are concentrated. In
other words, any U.S. bombing campaign against Iran might result in U.S. forces
becoming encircled and trapped in Iraq, unable to extract themselves except
by fighting their way hundreds of miles southward to the Persian Gulf and leaving
American bodies and material scattered all the way from Baghdad to Basra.
~ Dr. Antony T.
Sullivan, president, Near East Support Services
Mr. Utley makes some good points, an attack on Iran would not be disastrous
by any means – perhaps for the regime in Tehran which would stand to lose its
nuclear program and much of the military it hopes can support its bid for regional
Iran isn't going
to attack international shipping or close the very straits that allow its oil,
the lifeline of the regime, to be exported to the world.
I expect the Iranians
to put up a good fight, like they did against all odds during Operation Praying
Mantis in 1988, but the United States will emerge victorious and Iran's nuclear
program in ruins.
~ Joseph Hannon
comment shows very much what is probably the view of the Bush/Cheney people.
It also is very "American" to assume that all people act rationally and are
mainly motivated by economic interests. The answer is:
(1) When wars
start, few anticipate the hatreds and irrationalities that soon take over. Your
thinking would mean that Napoleon and Hitler would have thought about the consequences
of Russian winters or, for that matter, the U.S. would not have invaded Iraq
at a cost now estimated to reach a trillion dollars.
(2) Iran anyway
would not be exporting much after U.S. bombing and so would have little to lose;
blocking the straits would inflame almost the whole world against America and
wreck Japan and South Korea, which get their oil from the Gulf.
Racing to Spend $1 Trillion on Iraq
that not $50,000 for every man woman and child in Iraq? [Actually, it's more
like $37,000. -Ed.] If we had bribed instead of killed we could have every
Iraqi dancing in the streets if we wanted to, and/or to do whatever it is that
we want them to do – whatever that is (I still have not figured that one out).
~ Thomas Golding