2002-11-02 / Letters

Not In Our Name II

Not In Our Name II

Dear Editor;

As one of the signers to the Not In Our Name statement that appeared a few weeks ago, I feel obliged to respond to the letter printed in the past week's wave, which took issue with the original statement. First of all I would like to point out that people are born with freedom here in the US. The government does not give you your freedom, it protects it. Even the least informed amongst us can see that the current administration couldn't care less about the freedoms declared in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The only right they have protected is the 2nd Amendment rights of the terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center. Attorney General Ashcroft has stated the no background checks on the gun purchases of the terrorists will be allowed, to protect the 2nd Amendment and of course, gun manufacturers. And of course we remain good friends with Saudi Arabia, the homeland of 15 of the hijackers. My fellow Americans: You are being lied to.

To equate Iraq with terrorism is both inaccurate and self-serving. Despite the fact that the US has consistently balked at defining "terrorism " (for the obvious reason of incriminating it's own activities overseas), Iraq is a nation-state not a terrorist organization. As such, there are mechanisms already in place to deal with its activities. The Supreme Court has ruled that treaties, such as UN resolutions, are the "supreme law of the land." Any unilateral activity taken by the US will not only be stupid, but in violation of its own laws. To use the victims of 9/11--which is in no way connected to Iraq -- as an excuse to start an illegal war is a distortion of the truth and a disgrace to their memories.

The juvenile language of our first unelected President,"you are either with us or against us" is about as sorry a reason to send our men off to die as we have ever heard. But it isn't just the names listed in the Not In Our Name statement that feel this way: General Norman Schwarzcopf is against this war. Bush's own church has strongly condemned this war.
1 million people in Italy, 400,000 in Britain rallied against this war.
Former Chief UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter is against this war.
Senate offices are reporting calls 500 to 1 in opposition to this war.
Leading Republicans like Dick Armey are also opposed.

Besides this administration, I can only think of one other person who would be thrilled at this military action: Osama Bin Laden. He will not be able to sign up new recruits fast enough. Perhaps its the failing economy, the utter failure of this "President's" domestic policies, the corruption of Enron--leading contributor to the Republican Party that has caused them to spin our heads away from our true enemy. They beat the drums of war because it is the only tune they know.


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