Lying our way into war
Check the Facts Before Rushing to War
If one human being on trial can only be given a death sentence on the basis of certainty beyond "a reasonable doubt," then surely this criterion should be applied where the lives of thousands are at stake.
Posted by Greg Stone at April 14, 2004 04:13 PM
Here's a another really important quote from the same article:
"A final lesson from past and present: The American public cannot depend on our much overrated system of "checks and balances" to prevent a needless and costly war. Congress and the Supreme Court have proved to be no check for an executive branch hell-bent on combat. Only an aroused citizenry can provide the check on unbridled power that a democracy requires."
The problem is that our citizenry isn't aroused. And one reason it isn't mad as hell is that the American media seems to be in the pocket of the administration. (You get a very different view of the situation by listening to the BBC or reading the Beruit Star). We also seem to have a very short memory about how Bush got us into this horror. Most Americans don't even know we've been deceived!
Another is that we no longer have a candidate who's raising cain. I am so disappointed in Kerry's silence on Iraq and what's happening there. The only one left who's saying much of anything is Dennis Kucinich as far as I can tell.
I am really angry at -- and ashamed of and afraid for-- my own country. I wish I knew how to use all those emotions to make a positive difference, but I don't. Maybe I'll write John Kerry a long letter. Will he ever read it? Will it help? Probably not.
Let's add "depressed about" to that list. What a mess.
I agree with you, but with John Kerry he has to be very careful. He has to keep his strong feelings for the end of the campaign, it will not do any good now. Most people in this country are not listening. He will be appointing his VP very shortly and only then will the sparks start to fly. Bush is on his way out. Just look at all the books written exposing his incompetency, that is a sign of things to come. The press is slowly turning the tide. Loraine