• Letter to a Bushmonger: Why Bush War II Is Unjust

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    The
    following is an e-letter I sent to a "Bushmonger" (They're
    like warmongers, except they only support righteous Republican wars)
    following a discussion we'd had on the phone on a weekday morning.
    I think the topic is relevant enough to share with other "Bushmongers,"
    as well as right-thinking Americans….

    Dear
    Bushmonger,

    Sorry
    about this morning. I will try to avoid getting us into these discussions
    during work hours. However, if your are reading this at home, now
    is a good time to ask you…

    Did
    you not support the Bush War II attack on Iraq, beginning with “shock
    and awe” campaign, with the skyline of Baghdad lit up with all the
    bombs we dropped on a city of 5 million men, women and children?
    How many of them do you suppose died in that? Was that a military
    action that was “forced upon us”? Can you possibly stretch the definition
    of self-defense to cover that? Who is the aggressor here? Or did
    Poland really attack Germany in 1939? (Sorry, but you brought up
    the Neville Chamberlain analogy.)

    You
    can’t have it both ways, my friend. You can’t cheer (or even quietly
    support) that campaign and then cry “foul!” when someone draws the
    logical conclusion that you find permissible the killing of sleeping
    Iraqi civilians for ill-defined goals, based on an imagined threat
    coming from non-existent “weapons of mass destruction.” (Marvelous,
    magical phrase, that, isn’t it?)

    Yes,
    you assume that our CIA and other government agencies know more
    than you and I as ordinary citizens do. Right. To quote Ronald Reagan,
    their problem is not that they’re ignorant, it’s that they know
    so much that isn’t so. As I referenced in the article on the Rockwell
    Web site, you read “The Best and the Brightest” by David Halberstam.
    Have you forgotten the phoniness of the Gulf of Tonkin “incident”?
    If you look hard enough for a cause for war, you can find one. Or
    if you’re clever enough, you can manufacture one. I know you lived
    through Watergate. Yet you still think “I believe my government”
    is a good enough reason to go to war. (By the way, should the Germans
    in ’39 have believed their government about the need to go to war?
    Weren’t they entitled to assume their government knew more about
    what was going on than they did?)

    As
    for our exchange about believing Michael Moore in "Fahrenheit
    911
    ," you still don’t get it. I’ll explain it again. (Please
    read slowly.) You agreed that the footage we saw of the opening
    of the “Shock and Awe” campaign was the same footage that had been
    on our TV screens, courtesy of the Pentagon. (If you’ve changed
    your mind about that, please say so.) I have yet to see or hear
    anyone claim that the footage had been doctored by Moore. You saw
    the tremendous explosions in and over Baghdad, which is, I repeat,
    a city of 5 million people. You also heard von Rumsfeld say the
    targets had been chosen “with such meticulous care… So much humanity
    went into the choosing of these targets.”

    So
    then I asked you, “Who you gonna believe, Rumsfeld or your own eyes?”
    Now do you see, counselor, why you’re answer – “I’ll believe Rumsfeld
    before I’ll believe Michael Moore” – is TOTALLY IRRELEVANT! Unless
    you want to reverse yourself and claim that Moore doctored the footage
    and we didn’t drop tons of bombs all over Baghdad, then Moore’s
    credibility had nothing to do with what you saw with your own eyes!

    I
    can understand why Republicans want to focus on Moore’s credibility
    (or Dan Rather’s), rather than whatever shreds of credibility still
    remain with the Bush administration on this war. The challenge is
    still out, my friend: Tell me what that lousy leftist Moore said
    that is as patently untrue as Rumsfeld’s statement about the weapons
    of mass destruction: “We know where they are.”

    Finally,
    you said I made fun of you in my Rockwell article. Hell, I didn’t
    even mention that you were played “Fahrenheit 911” by Britney Spears.
    (“I just think we should support the President in whatever decision
    he makes.”)

    Spera
    in Deo!
    Jack

    September
    23, 2004

    Manchester, NH, resident Jack Kenny (send
    him mail
    ) is a freelance writer.

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