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As the Bush Administration continues its illegal and unjust military
invasion of Iraq, we must steel ourselves for the difficult days that
David Cortright has laid out many aspects of an agenda to help the US
peace movement move from the immediate work of trying to stop this war,
to continuing to broaden the reach of our movement
The war is just two weeks old, yet the Bush Administration has
accomplished the unprecedented isolation of the United States worldwide,
even from several of its historic allies.
Ifind David Cortright's call useful but limiting. The most exciting
aspect of the antiwar organizing has been its global reach.
Bush's motives have more to do with empire and profit than with liberating Iraq.
The fierce tableau of smoke and flames that US bombs created over
Baghdad--a visual message of America's awesomely destructive
power--brought to mind Shelley's meditation on an ancient ruin, wh
I'm standing at the northern front in Chamchamal, a quarter-mile from
Saddam Hussein's hilltop divisions. Before me six mounds of earth, like
oversized anthills, line the ridge.
Suddenly the sky is dark with chickens coming home to roost, and bedtime
reading is Thucydides' account of the disastrous Athenian siege of
You can be forgiven if, like me, you were a bit depressed to hear that the war had started. But this is no time to go into a funk.
The Bush Administration's plan to keep several hundred thousand US and British troops for years in a divided, heavily armed Muslim country will make all Americans "targets of opportunity" for ter