Tuesday 13th of April 2021

a deranged empire .....

‘The whole world is watching a human drama that is both
tragedy and travesty. As if the lessons of Vietnam had been presented to dull
students and needed repeating, Americans and peoples of all nations watch as
President George W. Bush's pre-emptive and unconstitutional war in Iraq
continues. The cradle of civilization is being turned into its grave by a
president whose undefined "noble cause" has thus far cost the lives
of almost 3000 American soldiers, wounded and maimed almost 20,000 more, and
killed tens of thousands of Iraqis. 

The land that nourished the first written language and the
roots of civilized political order has become a charnel house. 

The defeated Iraqi army of Saddam
Hussein is no longer the enemy in George Bush's unjust war; its place has been
taken by insurgent forces, as well as by al Qaeda and other groups who use the
country as a battlefield and guerrilla training ground for their own troops.
Added to the tragedy in Iraq is the travesty of Bush's "War on Terror"
– a formless justification for the growth of federal government power and the
steady erosion of our Bill of Rights through warrantless searches, illegal
spying, kidnapping and torture, and imprisonment without either trial or
conviction.’ 

The Human Cost of War