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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Joy Dworkin Letter 9/07/04

Letter for “Voices” page:

Safer with Kerry

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, a national organization that supported Bush in 2000, recently endorsed John Kerry. Although political pundits claim Bush will win on Nov. 2nd if we enter the polls with security as our top concern, I agree with the police officers. We’ll all be safer with John Kerry.

The invocation of 9/11 at the Republican National Convention should only serve to remind us that we’ve been less safe since Bush took office, not more so. To be safe, we must accurately identify danger. Shockingly, many Americans still believe Iraq was linked to 9/11. As for the overt Iraq War II justification that the U.S. was threatened, I thank Mr. King for reminding Globe readers (“Get it right,” 9/5) that Saddam Hussein used WMD’s, but that was in the 1980’s. Bush misled the country into war, distorting information from the CIA, which actually argued against claims of imminent danger, and resisted demands to investigate and disclose information about events leading up to the tragic attack. Indeed, for nine months our president steadfastly refused to establish the Department of Homeland Security.

The wrongness of our military policy toward Iraq is not a partisan issue. Pat Buchanan said the other night on national TV that he’s sure Reagan wouldn’t have waged war against Iraq. He guesses Nixon wouldn’t have, either. George W. Bush’s militarism and handling of international politics is extremist and is counter-productive. A senior CIA official has been quoted as identifying our preemptive war as the best possible advertisement for Al Qaida recruitment. Again, thanks to Bush, we are less safe.

As a U.S. citizen proud of the ideals of our constitutional democracy, I know those ideals can ultimately defeat repressive ideologies. But only if we live up to them.


Joy Dworkin


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