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Conscience and the War

Twelve years of merciless sanctions killed more than one million people in Iraq. Four years of occupation, false promises of democracy and reconstruction have resulted in more deaths and devastation, and plunged the country into a civil war.

The October 2006 issue of the medical journal, The Lancet, estimated that 655,000 people had died in Iraq following the invasion. Oil production, electricity production, and the accessibility of drinkable water are all at lower levels presently as compared to four years ago, under sanctions!

The American Empire focuses on conquest and the acquisition of raw materials like oil. Politicians, with millions in their bank accounts, forget how ordinary people survive. While they bicker over non-binding resolutions, innocent people die, and the American infrastructure crumbles as the Iraqi infrastructure crumbles.

In Iraq and the US, schools and hospitals continue to decay, limiting their care of the people. A nation without a solid educational system is a nation with a limited future. A nation without an efficient medical system is a cancerous nation.

The American people are becoming as powerless as the Iraqi people. We must leave Iraq and allow its citizens the right of self-determination, but the U.S. struggles under a rogue executive. The American government neglects the desires of its own citizens and the citizens of Iraq.

Evacuate by 2008.

Jerie Leep

Tenkiller, Oklahoma

Mar 14 2007 - 2:45pm

Senator Inevitable

Greider does not mention Hillary Clinton's beholdenness to AIPAC.

If not for AIPAC she might not have been such a determined hawk. I think it is important to bring this a topic out of its taboo status.

I notice on one of todays's blogs that Obama dares to talk about the plight of the Palestinians.

Nina Sakun

Hartford , ctCT

Mar 14 2007 - 11:45am

Conscience and the War

This was supposed to be a cakewalk, not a generational world war.

Harold Forsko

Irvine, CA

Mar 13 2007 - 9:20pm

Conscience and the War

I think that some people do not understand the way the world works.

If you spent any time around Arabic people, you would know that they only respect power. I have many Arab friends, and not one of them feels that we should leave Iraq!

Matter of fact, they feel that if we don't take down Iran, they will end up nuking somebody who pisses them off...!!! Ever think of that?

Tim Williams

Redlands, CA

Mar 13 2007 - 1:09pm

Senator Inevitable

You'll excuse me if I believe nearly sixty years of life experience that includes being a fine attorney, First Lady, wife/partner to one of the best Presidents of the United States, Senator from one of the biggest states and an articulate and intelligent person overall makes Hillary Clinton MORE appealing as a potential President rather than LESS.

In your zeal to make Barack Obama the crown-prince of destiny, you neglect to factor in the main reason he is not: that same life-experience.

Given the present mal-Administration's penchant for moral depravity, I'll take a calculated Hillary over a directionless Bush any day. To replace Mr. Bush with a "nice guy" in Barack Obama simply because he is, in your opinion, "fresh," does a great disservice to those who have the gravitas to be President from Day One. The presidency is NOT the place for rookies...that's "Bush-league," if you will.

Barack Obama? An excellent choice to be Hillary's Veep for eight years starting with their inauguration in '09. THEN, I'll support President Obama in 2016...when he's seasoned, experienced and ready to lead.

Dale Shaw

Philadelphia, PA

Mar 13 2007 - 5:19am

KBR's $400 Million Iraq Question

Dubai has no extradition treaty with the US? Is Halliburton's motivation that vast illegal activities are soon to arrive in court-- such as $400 million fraudulently stolen.

Then there's that 230 tons of $100 bills that successfully evaporated, none of which bought lunch for anyone I know.

Jim Harris

Austin, TX

Mar 12 2007 - 11:07pm

HRC: Can't Get No Respect

There is a grain of fairly trivial truth here: Wealthy white women have as much right as their male counterparts to be self-seeking and unprincipled. Therefore, Code Pink should leave the identity politics to the predictably dull Pollitt and stick to the main point: Hillary is the Democratic Party's leading contender for President. She is an unrepentant enabler of Republican crimes. For purely practical reasons, it makes more sense to work against her than against other folks with both less complicity and less influence. Just as her gender doesn't warrant abuse, it also doesn't warrant a pass.

As ever, Pollitt's views on the status quo and the necessity to make every kind of concession to same are too cynical and decadent to warrant much discussion. I think it's safe to say, though, that if Hillary had enabled attacks on choice the way she has enabled the mass killing of dark foreigners, we wouldn't be suffering this particular lecture.

Mike Girard

Brooklyn, NY

Mar 12 2007 - 7:24pm

Who's Afraid of Gardasil?

The role of marketing of an intervention to a public health risk, and lobbying of government officials in particular is what so offends. I do not see this vaccination program as a priority of organizations of public health professionals.The article does not take up alternative expenditures on public health measures. Gardasil is so interesting not because it may prevent a sexually transmitted disease, but because the vaccination program, aimed as it is to those who are not at much risk of contracting the HPV, has small short-term benefits, compared to public health measures which would immunize against diseases that are likely to be contracted by the individual in the near future. Delaying this immunization program until competing products and competing claims on public funding have a chance to appear and be considered will result in very little additional lifetime morbidity or mortality. What such delays will do to the bottom line of the manufacturer are something else again.

Harry Travis

Washington, DC

Mar 12 2007 - 2:37pm

Bloggers on the Trail

I know it's Ari Melber's job to cheerlead for the putative shot in the arm the "netizens" are supposed to give the body politic, but I got little more than amusement from "Bloggers on the Trail." Until recently, I lived for 25 years in San Francisco, where that Wired magazine hand-jive that the net (and by extension anyone younger than a Baby-Boomer) will change politics is standard latte-drinking fare; it hasn't happened and anyone with a cerebral cortex can see it won't. Anyone save a blogster, that is.

Which brings on point two. What was John Edwards thinking? I've read Pandagon somewhat regularly for about two years now and Amanda Marcotte's entire stock in trade is a blend of the most sophomoric strain of feminism and contempt for religion, especially Christianity, that would be interesting if she had the intellect and stylistic panache of a Christopher Hitchens. Her posts are the cyberspace equivalent of the sorrow tree, proof that there is always someone worse off than oneself.

As someone who voted for Nader three times, I'm sorry Edwards didn't sustain more egg on the face. I guess I'll have to content myself with the thought of Marcotte apologizing for what got her noticed in the first place, proving that with mainstream liberals, gravy trumps guts every time.

Douglas Presler

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mar 12 2007 - 12:08pm

Conscience and the War

Dr. Cohen implies that the Liberation of Iraq from a lunatic despot bent on acquiring WMD inspired "legions of anti-American terrorists where there were few." What legions? American and Iraqi troops are fighting a small cadre of terrorists and dealing with the pent up ethnic strife Liberation was sure to bring. This strife is not unlike the turmoil the Balkans endured following the break-up of the Soviet Union. Cohen, by mandating America's capitulation to terrorism, denies freedom to legions of innocents.

Unfortunately it is impossible to quantify the hordes of would be terrorists dissuaded by American might and resolve and the deterrence gained by Sadaam’s demise.

One cannot wish evil away; one must fight it. This is a generational World War. There will be vicissitudes. Dr. Cohen must take a deep breath, a long view to preserve his cherished freedoms

William Reis

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Mar 12 2007 - 6:51am