|April 11, 2006|
Don't Attack Iran
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Fresh from a resounding victory in Iraq, George Bush swaggered onto
the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and boldly and confidentally declared
was a pretty war, it was a clean war, it looked stunning in all of its shock
and awe. Wow, never was there such a swift and amazing American victory and
it all looked so damn glamorous on CNN!
By putting the focus on nuclear strikes we are also forgetting the appalling destructive power that conventional weapons wield. We must not even, for one moment, contemplate a conventional invasion in Iran either. No matter how George Bush lies about how rosy things are in Iraq, they aren't, and Iraq is proof that war of any kind is a horribly tragic way to solve problems.
We must not believe BushCo or anything they say about Iran. He has lied through his teeth so many times before: From WMD and terrorism in Iraq to the fact that no one could "anticipate" the levees breaking in New Orleans. He was the leaker of the documents that outed Valerie Plame, while he promised us that the leaker would be punished. We must not allow him to frighten us into this one.
The doctrine of preemptive war is an abominable doctrine, especially when we have such a vacuum of leadership in this country that rubberstamps any maniacal thing that this president wants to do. We cannot allow our leaders to destroy the world by jousting with windmills that are no threat to our safety, or our way of life.
We must elect leaders that will get at the root causes of terrorism and not pretend that every terrorist can ever be killed to satisfy some kind of primeval bloodlust that flows through the war machine's veins. When our leaders go terrorist hunting, they kill innocent men, women and children and they, themselves, become the very thing that they are trying to teach us to loathe.
Please go to Don't Attack Iran and sign the petition to our "fearless with other people's lives" leaders and tell them that you do not support an attack on Iran.
We members of Gold Star Families for Peace, Code Pink Women for Peace, Traprock Peace Center, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, The Velvet Revolution, and Global Exchange urge you to sign the petition prohibiting our leaders from committing more war crimes and crimes against humanity in our names. We must loudly repudiate the crimes lest we be accused of them also.
We cannot allow an attack on Iran. We must restore sanity to our country if it's not too late already.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan is the proud mother of Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan, who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04, and Carly, Andy, and Janey who hold down the fort; Founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and author of Not One More Mother's Child.
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