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    From: (Jms at B5)
 Subject: Re: ATT: jms Why do you oppose a war agaist Iraq?
    Date: 1/23/2003 9:18:00 PM  

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>As a Quaker, I stand completely against war, especially this one. I have to
>agree with all of your reasons (and pretty much felt the same way even
>before I read your post.
>But, after reading it, I have one question (actually two).
>People are showing disapproval of the war by marching on Washington and
>other cities. There are protests and letters to our representives in
>congress. However, Bush doesn't seem to care about anyone's opinion but
>his own.

I don't know if it's that he doesn't care about anyone's opionion but his own,
as much as he cares about catering to the extreme right wing of the party.
(How else to explain such things as nominating to the Presidential Advisory
Commissoin on HIV and AIDS Jerry Thacker, a Pennsylvanian marketing consultant
who has characterized aids as "the gay plague" and called such alternate
lifestyles "deathstyles" while saying they could be cured by faith and that
condoms do nothing to stop the spread of HIV. He's done similar things to
commissions on the rights of women and other areas.

(But I digress.)

>So -- What are you doing (if anything) to take a stand against the war?

Well, this is part of it. I think that democracy works best when all sides are
free to talk openly about their concerns. It's only in open discourse that the
truth wriggles free. Raise questions. Pursue the news past the gloss of CNN.
Read the USA Patriot Act, don't just go from the synopses.

>do you have suggestions for actions that are not run-of-the-mill that could
>actually have an effect on whether or not Bush orders an attack on Iraq?

In my opinion, and this is only my opinion, there is nothing that can be done
at this point to stop an attack on Iraq. You don't move nearly 200,000 troops
halfway around the globe and not use them; it would be a huge loss of face for

That boat has, literally and metaphorically, left the docks.

What we can do is to remain an informed and quarrelsome electorate, and when
the time comes to exercise our rights as citizens to vote, to side with the
president if our conscience dictates we do so, based on the evidence, or vote
for the opposition, based on the same evidence.

For me, thus far, the truth of this current situation is this: Iraq is a target
of opportunity, not a target of conscience. We're hitting there because we can
find Iraq on a map, whereas we can't find Bin Laden (of whom Bush Company
haven't uttered a word of late) on any extant maps.


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