February 10, 2003

Wendell Berry Essay Published

Wendell Barry's essay, A Citizen's Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America, was published yesterday as a full page ad in the New York Times. It is available (abridged) on the ORION webpage at the link provided. I have only just now printed it to read. I'd be interested in your comments, and will share mine as well.

Posted by fred1st at February 10, 2003 09:22 AM | TrackBack

I read Wendell Barry's essay and as I did I can describe what it is I felt in one word - dismay.

There was not one original thought not already mouthed by the anti-globalization left, the 'peace-at-any-cost' left, or the 'it's-all-our-fault-because-we-don't-understand-the-root-causes' apologists.

He implies that the president is acting without oversight by the American people, and cites the use of the so-called royal 'we'. He seems to forget that it is the president's job to do exactly what Dubya is doing. President Bush already went before the American people's representatives (Congress) and got their blessing, and by implication, ours too.

It appears that in Wendell's eyes, war is never justified because innocents will be hurt. He's right in part of that- innocents are always hurt in war.

He lambastes our refusal to abide by the International Criminal Court even though, as it has been created, it violates the very Constitution he tries to use as a justification for his refusal to allow the president to speak for him ("Who is this "we"? It is not the "we" of the Declaration of Independence, which referred to a small group of signatories bound by the conviction that "governments [derive] their just powers from the consent of the governed." And it is not the "we" of the Constitution, which refers to "the people [my emphasis] of the United States.")

Frankly, I expected better of him and not this retread of every lame argument I've been hearing for the past year and 5 months.

Posted by: DCE at February 10, 2003 05:56 PM

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