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Thursday, March 06, 2003

John Locke Against War in Iraq

This is a letter I wrote to Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, and Barbara Lee:

Dear Senators Feinstein and Boxer and Congresswoman Barbara Lee:

Over the past year, I have followed President Bush’s plan for attacking Iraq with growing unease. From the moment when Mr. Bush first labeled Iraq as part of the “Axis Of Evil,” to his most recent address to the country, where he stated that the U.S. would disarm Iraq militarily – even without the approval of the United Nations, Mr. Bush’s stance on Iraq has appeared illogical, counterintuitive, and misguided. This letter is to let you know that I find Mr. Bush’s policy towards Iraq stupid. I would like to use a more eloquent word, but “stupid” is the word that best describes Mr. Bush’s foreign policy.

Mr. Bush equates Iraq with Al Qaeda, but has failed to prove any connection between them. Mr. Bush has also ignored CIA reports, which state that Iraq poses no significant threat to the U.S., and which also state that Iraq will only become a threat if we attack them. Mr. Bush has attempted to use the strong emotions generated by 9-11 to justify his war. This tactic is transparent and stupid. After 9-11, the U.S. had world sympathy and opinion on our side. Today, nearly the entire world reviles us.

Mr. Bush continues to act like a child – when he can’t get permission for his war, he announces that he will have his war whether or not the U.N. approves it. He is acting like a bully on a playground. Mr. Bush has also ignored massive global protests against the war, insultingly dismissing them as “focus groups.”

Allowing Mr. Bush to wage war without U.N. sanction is stupid; war without U.N. sanction will only inflame the Middle East at a time when peace is most needed. Unfortunately, Mr. Bush has so grossly polluted the reputation of the U.S. that any war – even if approved by the U.N. – will be seen by most of the world as a case of U.S. aggression. Mr. Bush has openly offered bribes to other Security Council member countries for their votes! The world sees through this charade. Mr. Bush has caused internal strife within NATO, caused the United Nations to fragment, and has dishonored the United States in my eyes and in the eyes of the world.

From North Korea to Turkey to Israel to Palestine to Iraq, Mr. Bush’s foreign policy has been an abject failure. I request that you do all within your power to educate U.S. citizens regarding Mr. Bush’s propaganda and do all you can to stop this stupid war.


John Locke


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