Thursday, January 30, 2003

America Is
On The Wrong Side Of History

What compels a president to demand an unwarranted war? What motivates the alleged leader of the Free World to endorse plunging our planet into insane slaughter? George W. Bush hasn't proven the need for another war on the decimated people of Iraq. Certainly, Saddam Hussein is a tyrant. There are many leaders who fit that description. However, we mustn't lose sight of the fact we sold him the weaponry we're purportedly going to war over. So far, George Bush hasn't presented a "smoking gun" from Iraq. Where's the evidence Saddam Hussein still harbors weapons of mass destruction?

America hasn't been attacked by Iraq. There's no proof Hussein has the capacity to do so. There's no proof of an Iraqi military buildup, except to defend THEIR land against OUR invasion. No Middle Eastern nation anticipates conflict with Iraq, except perhaps Israel. Even this scenario is expected only in response to an American attack on Iraq.

Humanity has overwhelmingly rejected George Bush's war manifesto. Millions march every week against this senseless bloodlust. The facts before us are clear: Iraq has little defense against any degree of American aggression and overkill. The first Iraq war made sure of this. A second Iraq war wouldn't be a war at all. It would simply be incomprehensible mass murder. Our born again Christian president must be forced to face the question: If Jesus Christ were alive today, would he approve Bush's adventurism or would he support Iraq's right to self-determination? America should be encouraging democracy in the Middle East, not imperialism.

Despite George Bush's furious efforts to Hitlerize Hussein for the 9/11 attacks, there's no evidence Saddam was involved. Despite the fact America destroyed Iraq twelve years ago and now controls most of the airspace over that humbled nation, Mr. Bush persists in shrieking Hussein's ready to rule the world. And despite the fact an invasion of Iraq would be a violation of international law, our oblivious president urges forward his ruthless war plans.

Preparation for and prosecution of a war on Iraq hasn't been justified. The legal, moral and popular support for such an action doesn't exist. An American victory in Iraq isn't in doubt. The only question is: Would anyone constructively benefit from butchering the Iraqi people?

Incredibly, it's been argued the survivors of an Armageddon-like attack on Iraq would be grateful. Grateful for what? This is the same irrational logic which declares any survivors of a nuclear war and winter the "winners." The winners of what? A scorched earth panorama rivaling the Martian landscape? No, the Iraqi people don't support such madness. In fact, there's ample evidence an unprovoked attack could turn the entire Middle East into a World War battleground. The president wants humanity to ignore this enormous risk. Why?

No one will benefit from this immoral war, not even George W. Bush. His father was soundly rejected for reelection after his so-called victory in the first Iraq war. At least, he was able to misconstrue and cover up enough information to wage the war successfully. George H. W. Bush was able to stand on Iraq's invasion of Kuwait for justification. George, Jr., has no similar fig leaf. Yet, he intends to invade Iraq without just cause and in the face of universal condemnation. His evil arrogance will set the stage for his defeat in 2004 or, perhaps, impeachment.

If America invades Iraq without some modicum of moral and legal pretense, we'll be placed on the wrong side of history. If George W. Bush insists on this irrational action, he must be informed of the severe consequences. For the most part, the media have supported the president in his war effort while quietly detailing the pros and cons. It's time for the media to get off the fence and clearly explain to the American people the dire prospects. Unleashing an unstoppable chain reaction of hostilities is a Doomsday equation.

To suggest America can impose democracy and economic liberalism on the Middle East is sheer lunacy. The Arab peoples will make the appropriate adjustments to global trends at their own pace and discretion. The imperialist agenda of the Bush administration must be exposed for its departure from democratic and moral principle. George W. Bush assumed the presidency under the mantra he's a uniter, not a divider. Halfway through his twisted term, the American people have never been more divided.

War is no longer an answer for what ails humanity. War is completely obsolete in the Global Village and Information Age. The senseless slaughter of our fellow human beings, whether they wear military uniforms or not, is monstrous madness. This sickness must be ended if global peace and prosperity are to emerge.

Our World War Industry routinely boasts it expects to raid the US treasury for $500 billion over the next decade for Star Wars alone. It intends to promote war and the rumors of war for many profitable years into the future. The time has come for the American people to decide whether human destiny lies in the advancement of universal peace or the curse of endless bloodshed.

Franklin L. Johnson


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