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Open Letter To the Citizens of the United States of America,
President Dwight D. Eisenhower said one April day in 1953, ?Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.? This very concept is once again on the forefront of many American minds in our modern age of unjust warfare. Now is the time for our fraudulent government to expunge their shrouds of falsehoods and deception and admit to the people that the war in Iraq is illegal, unjustifiable, and costly to not only the American people, but to the entirety of people of all nations.
Our current administration has entered into an illegal war against a nation that had not attacked America and posed no threat to our nation. It has offered allegations of imminent danger, but now, when confronted by the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, this very same administration has denied the utterances of such allegations. They have delivered the propaganda of Neo-Cons, and done their bidding. Despite overwhelming protest, the administration has dragged the nation into a war that has polarized its citizens in a manner unseen since our Civil War. The administration is responsible for over one-thousand (1,000) US casualties in Iraq. As if this was not enough needless bloodshed, the administration is responsible for at least over twelve-thousand (12,000) Iraqi civilian casualties, perhaps upward of fourteen-thousand casualties (14,000+). And to think that this war was justified over the tragedy that occurred at the World Trade Center, one that caused over two-thousand seven-hundred (2,700) deaths. Though indeed an atrocity, this pales in comparison to the catastrophic damage our administration is responsible for to the Iraqi people.
The administration is not just damaging to the Iraqis, but to every single American. They have perpetuated an un-winnable war on terrorism into a self-serving war against Saddam, and in doing so have weakened our economy into a state of long-term recession. The war in Iraq costs an estimated one-hundred twenty-three-million dollars per minute ($123,000,000/minute). To relate the huge economic costs in terms more easily approached and comprehended, the war in Iraq has thus far been equivalent in cost to awarding approximately six-million five-hundred-thousand (6,500,000) four-year scholarships to public universities, or to bestowing basic immunization to every child on earth for over forty-five (45) years. Yet, while lavishly throwing the tax payer?s money into the war in Iraq, President Bush managed to give the top ten percent of wealthiest people in America the majority of his promised tax cuts. The concept of shared sacrifice seems unheard of in this administration, as Vice President Dick Cheney?s very own Halliburton gathers billions in profit from the wallets of Middle-America, from the very people whom are the hardest worked, most taxed, and constantly struggling to live comfortably as the American dollar devalues the world over. Our current administration has done far more damage to the American people and to the world than any terrorist attack to date.
This war that rages in the heart of the Middle East is not just wrong, but illegal. President Bush forced America into a conflict that will continue to cost us billions, if not trillions, of dollars. A conflict that has cost thousands of lives, and a conflict that will continue to take lives and require American involvement for years to come. President Bush has done this all without even the approval of Congress, and only sought congressional approval for his actions after the initial invasion had waged on for a length of time. He has done incalculable damage to several alliances and eliminated several ground-breaking treaties, such as the SALT treaties, as well as made a mockery of the United Nations. The administration has ignored the Geneva Convention and tortured detained Iraqis. President Bush?s use of pre-emptive warfare, the disheveling of sovereign nations through violent means, and the abandonment of human rights is, in every conceivable manner, the very nature of the Terrorist he claims to fight. It is no strange occurrence that anti-American sentiment has grown exponentially the world over.
All these atrocities, and this our current administration has the audacity to ask the people of these United States to allow them four more years of illegal conquests in the name of their Empire. To allow this administration to continue to endanger American lives, both present and future, is a treasonous attack upon your neighbor. To allow this administration to continue to put heedless stress on our now fragile economy as it expands the Federal Government and spends billions in unjust wars is to steal from your very children, as they will inherit the deficit of President Bush?s actions. To allow this administration to continue to destroy alliances, ignore treaties, and laugh defiantly at the idea of human rights is to attack the peace and prosperity of every person of every nation. Now is the time for the citizens of America to demand that our fraudulent government expunge their shrouds of falsehoods and deception. Now is the time of action, now is the time for all Americans to have their voices heard as they cast their vote and tell this administration of criminals, zealots, war hawks, and religious extremists that we the People of the United States of America will not stand for these corrosive acts of idiocy, greed, violence, and ignorance.
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