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Don Nash

My country is in serious violation of the Geneva Convention and the charter my country signed to become a participant with the United Nations. It is to our shame. The preemptive war being waged on Iraq that was initiated by George Bush, is illegal, it is immoral, and it is unjust. The military of my country is being used by lying politicians to commit cold blooded murder on innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Palestine. It is to our shame. Are the good people of the United States of America, to be considered by the world at large as no better than war-mongering savages? Without moral context, without moral authority, and without the good sense to recognize deceit by my nation’s leaders. It is to our shame.

’Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.’ - 
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Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

’Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.’
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The preemptive war on Iraq that was initiated by George Bush and his administration, was started because Bush told the world that Iraq was in possession of weapons of mass destruction and that Iraq posed an “imminent threat” to the United States. The entire world now knows, this was fabrication and pure deceit on a criminal level. The United Nation’s Hans Blix as the head of UNSCOM and the lead weapons inspector in Iraq, tried to tell Bush that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction. The Bush administration portrayed Blix as a buffoon and unworthy of the world’s trust. Who is the buffoon now? The weapons inspection team from the United States has issued their final report and there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and there hadn’t been since before 1991. It is to our shame.

The people of the United States of America are implicated in the atrocity that is the preemptive war on Iraq. The implication takes it’s root because of the silence of the American people and their refusal to speak out against the illegalities of the Bush administration. It is to our shame. The leaders of the U.S. are directly accountable to the American people so, where is the revulsion, where is the disgust, where is the outrage, and where are the cries for justice? George Bush has committed serious “high crimes and misdemeanors” and that is according to the Constitution of the United States of America so, where are the impeachment proceedings? The Congress of the U.S. is implicated by their willing acquiescence to the Bush administration and the administration’s changing stance on the reasons for the preemptive war. It is to our shame.

The U.S. Congress violated the very authorization that they gave Bush in the first place to wage his preemptive war on Iraq. The Congress was adamant in establishing some criteria that had to be proved to the Congress before Bush could begin his war. The Congress played the part of the dummy for George Bush and refused to hold him to account. It is to our shame.

George Bush declared an “end to hostilities” in Iraq, in May of 2003. Why then in October of 2004, the preemptive war is raging still across the Iraqi countryside and more and more innocent Iraqi people are dying. These innocent Iraqi people are counted as “collateral damage” by the U.S. military. What an ignoble designation. Where are the “foreign fighters” that are so declared by the Bush administration and the U.S. military? There are huge numbers of brutally murdered Iraqis, there has not been one body of a “foreign fighter” produced by my country’s military that can verify their claims. It is to our shame as a nation and people. A shame because as a people, we are not requiring proof positive for the claims of our government and military. As a nation we are no better than sheep for blindly tagging along with whatever is stated by our government. It is to our shame for not requiring the American press and media to report truth and hard facts. The American press and media are reporting “vetted news” by the American military. The American press and media are reporting innuendo and subtle nuance and shifting reasons for the mess that is the preemptive war on Iraq and it is to our shame.

George Bush gave the Palestinian people a false hope when he declared his “road map to peace” as a plan for solving the tensions between Israel and Palestine. The very reality is an abandonment of the Palestinian people and a carte blanche for the Israeli government to take the Palestinian land and brutally murder the Palestinian people with the full and endorsed blessing of George Bush and the American government. It is to our shame as a nation and as members of the global community. America was supposed to be leading the world to peace but, America has turned into the single largest source of “state sponsored terrorism and mass murder” in recent history. The Palestinian people have been abandoned by the Bush administration and America. The Palestinian people are now the brunt of an apartheid policy of murder and theft that is every bit as criminal as was the South African apartheid. It is to our shame and Nelson Mandela is correct to vilify the United States as evil.

My country is teetering on a precipice of complete collapse into evil and chaos. The entire world is held hostage by that very premise and it is unacceptable. There is only one power that can turn America and the world away from the brink of planetary annihilation and that is the American people themselves. America alone must stand together and demand an end to the madness that is the atrocity of Bush’s preemptive war on Iraq, Bush’s abandonment of the Palestinian people, and Bush’s carte blanche support of Israel and Israel’s murder of the Palestinians. The American people alone can and should bring an end to the Bush reign of terror. Not in an hour, not tomorrow, not next week but, right now! If the American people do not act with the authority that is granted to ‘we the people’, it is not only to our shame, it is to our demise as a nation and people.


Published Thursday, October 7th, 2004 - 06:58pm GMT
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