Sunday, June 12, 2005

War: Realities and Myths - by Chris Hedges

War: Realities and Myths - by Chris Hedges: "We are losing the war in Iraq. We are an isolated and reviled nation. We are pitiless to others weaker than ourselves. We have lost sight of our democratic ideals. Thucydides wrote of Athens' expanding empire and how this empire led it to become a tyrant abroad and then a tyrant at home. The tyranny Athens imposed on others, it finally imposed on itself. If we do not confront the lies and hubris told to justify the killing and mask the destruction carried out in our name in Iraq, if we do not grasp the moral corrosiveness of empire and occupation, if we continue to allow force and violence to be our primary form of communication, if we do not remove from power our flag-waving, cross-bearing versions of the Taliban, we will not so much defeat dictators such as Saddam Hussein as become them."

We cannot simply wait for the coming storm to do what we are unwilling to do for ourselves. If we would save our democracy, we must save it, and not sit passively hoping that, by "overreaching" Bush and his ilk will do it, for us. If the Iraq War was not "overreaching", the word has no meaning. He must be driven from office for this crime, or America is lost.

If you know someone, who now supports this awful war, talk to them. No, better, punch him in the nose and keep on punching, until he agrees never to vote again as long as he lives.

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