Dear friends and acquaintances,
In the wake of the 9-11 anniversary, I have begun to feel the presence of a grave and gathering threat to our Republic, and the Noble Experiment that it represents... and I'm not talking about Saddam Hussein.
I'm talking about our nation's "trance-like march" into an act of naked aggression masquerading as national defense -- an act that defies everything that we say we believe in: namely, the offensive against Iraq championed by President Bush, et al.
I imagine that some among you might be of a different mind altogether... but I'm betting that most of you have either not come to an opinion on the matter, or are of the opinion that little can be done to stop the juggernaut.
I'm writing because I was inspired to write each of you after reading an open letter to Congress by the editors of The Nation -- a publication that, while I hardly agree with its platform entirely, seems to have struck a chord on this one point:
The letter (aside from one or two red herrings) does a fine job at highlighting my general sentiment, and I would hope that you would read it.
Beyond reading the letter, I hope you'll take a moment to write your representatives and senators:
You can also call the White House (202 456-1111, 9am-5pm ET), where you'll be put on hold for a moment, then asked whether you "oppose" or "approve" of a War on Iraq.
At any rate, I appreciate your patience with me. I try to keep this sort of mass e-mailing to a minimum... and I'm guessing this issue warrants what little I can do.
Heaven help us all.
I'm against war in Iraq, but how do I answer those who point out that Hussein continuously kills and tortures his own population?
People predicted a collapse in American morale when ground troops were used in Desert Storm and the inevitable casualties occurred. Except that they didn't. People also predicted a collapse in American morale when ground troops were used in Afghanistan and the inevitable casualties occurred. Again, they didn't.
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