Letters to the Pilot

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The real danger?


"The chief danger in the world today is not Saddam Hussein. It is the United States." - Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

It should not have to be said that the "support the troops" jingle that is circulating again is pure baloney - just as it was 10 years ago.

Support the troops? No way.

Support them as they kill the families of Iraq? Not a chance.

We should not behave as "good Germans" and go along with this insane game plan just because we happen to be on the same team.

Iraq is no threat to us. We are a threat to the entire world.

This is going to be "reality TV" of a whole different genre.

We have no interest in the freedom of the Iraqi people. Bomb them, kill them - in order that they might be free?

Why not then invade China and set those billions of people free? That is something a lot of folks would tune in to see. The advertisement revenue might rival the Super Bowl, perhaps.

Our soldiers are not going to war to free the people of Iraq. They are going in order to secure the oil wealth of Iraq for the ruling class of the United States.

We are supposed to support that? No.

We surely can pity our troops, pity their predicament, but we should not support them in their massacre of the Iraqi people. Our troops have been duped by Bush and his gang, there is no doubt. They have been fooled by their own grandparents, parents, teachers and ministers into thinking they are committing a noble act. It is anything but that. It is one of the saddest moments in history.

And a parade down Main Street will not make it right.

Mike Palecek,