The only purpose of this letter is to thank you for your opposition to the war against Iraq. I am a 26-year-old Egyptian girl, who has been raised and taught everything I know about democracy, humanity, freedom, love and peace by the hands of American, British and European teachers. I simply cannot convey to you or describe the sadness that fills my heart today. I have lost faith in all I have ever grown up to believe in. I do not want to talk about the miseries of the Iraqi people, or mixed feelings of anger, helplessness and above all shame and despair in the Arab world today. The cries of the Iraqi children and women, which you are not allowed to see on your television screens, are too painful and real to write about. I write this because you have given me hope in peace, and have reassured me that the American people can still stand for all they have taught me; that not all of you are like Bush and Sharon. You have pacified me and helped curb my growing anger toward the West in general. Thank you for “feeling” for Iraq, which is bleeding right now. May God bless you and those whom you love.
DEENA ALI SINGAB
San Francisco, CA
As much as I admire the commitment and honor with which William Hartung approaches the subject of the war, I cannot stomach his solution. He promotes the idea of electing Democrats, who mostly voted for the war, and for the tax cut for the rich, and who crow about halving a $750 billion tax cut, as if that were something good for the country. To vote, on the other hand, for the honest party, the only growing party, the party that’s been against this war and the previous war, that opposed the tax cuts for the rich–in other words, to vote for the party that believes what you believe, the Green Party–now that’s dabbling. March against the war. Then vote for people who voted for the war. That’s hard-nosed politics. You can have it. “I’d rather vote for what I want and not get it than vote for what I don’t want and get it.”
You mighta heard this one before.
Hobe Sound, FL
As I sit and remember the Democrats’ total surrender to the Bush junta’s move to invade Iraq…I question backing a candidate from the Democratic Party unless Robert Byrd or Dennis Kucinich are nominated. When I see Democratic presidential candidates willing to back up their rhetoric, I may consider lobbying my Green brothers and sisters to back a Democratic candidate. Why take a cheap shot in what was otherwise a well-presented argument and end it with a Democratic Party endorsement? The Democratics are as corporately owned as the Republicans. They just soft-sell their products, while the Bush junta shoves them down our throats. Break with the tired old neoliberal apologies and encourage the Democrats to stand up for what they really believe, if those beliefs aren’t also for sale.