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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

Pat Murphy Letter 9/03/04

Now that the Republican Convention has concluded, it’s vital that we look behind the well-orchestrated show of approval for Bush’s policies and carefully examine the record of this administration. As a concerned American who loves our country deeply, I am appalled at the incredible amount of damage our country has suffered during the Bush administration and fear that re-election will bring irreparable harm. This administration’s record is a shameful one—which perhaps explains why the campaign rhetoric has focused on attacking Kerry rather than exploring the administration’s actions—as the Iraq situation exemplifies. This administration has enacted policies that are short-sighted, ineffective, and dangerous.

We invaded Iraq preemptively, in violation of the non-aggression policy we have followed throughout our history. We were rushed to war with claims about weapons of mass destruction and with inferences that Saddam was involved in the 9/11 attacks. Neither, of course, was true. Hundreds of American soldiers have died because of this rush to war, and our brave troops will continue to perish. Instead of saving war as a last resort, the administration seemed eager for an invasion, refusing to allow the weapons inspectors to complete their work. Our virtually unilateral invasion has cost us the high moral ground that we once held in the world and devastated our ties with our allies. The atrocious acts in Abu Ghraib sicken every American who values moral responsibility. The world has become not a safer place through this war but a more dangerous one, as we’ve seen through the alarming influx of foreign terrorists into Iraq. Vice President Cheney’s former company, Halliburton, profits obscenely through the war and its no-bid contracts.

The administration tends to ignore these facts and acts as if we should ignore them as well. We shouldn’t.

Pat Murphy
Joplin

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