September 29, 2002

Silence of the Lambs

Perhaps it is not too late. Perhaps Americans are finally awaking from their anesthetized, coccooned and private lives to realize that we, that is, our 'elected leaders' (God help us) can, do and have made a monstrous mistake in what they are proposing we do to the world in the name of these same groggy and silent American People.

I have the horror and the dread of shame to think that I would see this travesty taking shape, and say nothing. That my grandchildren, as they grow up in that America so grotesquely different from the one I have known, will rightly condemn me and others in this here and now who acquiesced, who were complicit by their indifference, preferring to remain sequestered in the illusion that if it's American (policy, bombs, duplicity) it must be all right.

This is NOT alright. I apologize, slightly, to those who come to Fragments as a 'place of quiet solitude' and the like. Should I live merely in the comforts God has blessed me with and not voice my deep sorrow and concern over the events that are taking place this very moment, I could not continue in good conscience to blithely extol the wonders of nature or its beauty, as I have been able to share with readers these past several months. Somewhere here there is a metaphor involving fiddling while a great civilization burns; but it escapes me. I strongly encourage you to visit Common Dreams from which the following excerpts are taken, for a perspective different from the Hollywoodized "news" media. Before it is too late.

Mr. Bush, Stop the Insanity by Molly Ivins --AUSTIN, Texas

No. This is not acceptable. This is not the country we want to be. This is not the world we want to make.

The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government works for us. Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children's blood.

All of the experts tell us anti-Americanism thrives on the perception that we are arrogant, that we care nothing for what the rest of the world thinks. Even our innocent mistakes are often blamed on obnoxious triumphalism. The announced plan of this administration for world domination reinforces every paranoid, anti-American prejudice on this Earth. [...]

Alternatives to War
by Congresswoman Barbara Lee

[...] Our nation is today on the verge of going to war against Iraq. In a rush to launch a first strike, we risk destabilizing the Middle East and setting an international precedent that could come back to haunt us all. President Bush's doctrine of pre-emption violates international law, the charter of the United Nations and our own long-term security interests. It forecloses alternatives to war before we have even tried to pursue them. [...]

We Are Sleepwalking Into a Reckless War of Aggression by Seumas Milne Published on Friday, September 27, 2002 in the Guardian/UK

[...] The world is now undergoing a crash course of political education in the new realities of global power. In case anyone was still in any doubt about what they might mean, the Bush doctrine (set out last Friday in the US National Security Strategy) laid bare the ground rules of the new imperium. The US will in future brook no rival in power or military prowess, will spread still further its network of garrison bases in every continent, and will use its armed might to promote a "single sustainable model for national success" (its own), through unilateral pre-emptive attacks if necessary.

The planned US invasion of Iraq will increase the threat of war throughout the world. By legitimizing pre-emptive attacks, it will lower the threshold for the use of force and make aggression by powerful states more likely. It will encourage nuclear proliferation, as states rush to get hold of some protective deterrent. It will damage the fabric of international law and multilateral treaties. It will encourage terrorism by pouring oil on the flames of anti-western rage. [...]

Posted by fred1st at September 29, 2002 05:47 AM

thanks fred for writing that, i think it's easy to fall into the trap that "oh, folks come here knowing what they're going to get, don't want to scare them away by bringing up politics or something other than a nice tranquil life".

Posted by: Kurt at September 29, 2002 08:19 AM

I don't know if Bush's motives are pure in advancing towards war on Iraq. I do know that the actions Saddam has taken in regards to his own people are not. If he is not evil, there is no way to define the term acceptably.

Every day that we have left him in power is a stain on our morality, be it left or right. Every day we left the Taliban in power after seeing the pre 9/11 video of public executions of women in a soccer stadium left a similar stain. We should have bombed them on general principle.

The people above would have us do nothing. I'll take doing something with a motive less than pure, because I don't think there is anything as a pure motive at that level.

Molly has always been a good writer, though.

Posted by: bigwig at September 30, 2002 10:23 PM

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