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Libertarians express concern for U.S. troops and urge quick end to war in Iraq
WASHINGTON, DC ? Statement by Geoffrey Neale, national chairman of the Libertarian Party, in response to the U.S. invasion of Iraq:
On behalf of the Libertarian Party, I wish to express our deep concern for the U.S. troops currently engaged in war in Iraq, and urge the government to end the conflict quickly and with as few casualties as possible.
Though it is difficult for Americans who have never fought in battle to imagine a soldier's fear and bravery, it is easy to imagine the anguish that every family will feel for their sons and daughters who never return.
For that reason it is essential that the government make every effort to minimize casualties on both sides in this conflict.
Libertarians believe that all Americans should give moral support to our troops, and we urge those who are opposed to the war not to blame soldiers for the misjudgments of politicians.
Sadly, this war may extract horrific costs not only from governments and soldiers but from American society. More terrorist acts may yet be committed inside our borders; relationships with our friends and allies could be forever diminished; and the financial costs of war could be catastrophic to an already stumbling economy.
Because Libertarians believe in limited, constitutional government, we are disappointed that President Bush declined to seek a formal declaration of war as clearly required by Article I, Section 8 of that document. By acquiescing to the president, Congress has abdicated its responsibility as well.
The Libertarian Party also urges the administration to abandon its plans for an occupation of Iraq ? a policy that would further inflame anti-American sentiment in the region without benefiting the United States in any way.
Though Mr. Bush promises that democracy will soon sprout from dictatorship in Iraq, the results of U.S. military involvement in Panama, Haiti, Kuwait, Afghanistan and other nations indicates that such promises are far easier to make than they are to keep.
Finally, we would remind the nation that the traditional American values of peace, freedom, and military non-intervention have served this country well in the past and should be embraced again.
To that end, we hope that our political leaders can summon the wisdom to bring our armed forces home from Iraq.
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