In memory of the victims of September 11

Today marks one and one-half years since the terror attacks on New York and Washington.
And 18 months later the U.S. is poised to launch a retaliatory attack on the population of a country that – contrary to what the Bush Administration wants us to believe – has no known connection to those attacks.

What has happened to our country?

Our government claims the UN will become irrelevant by doing what it was established to do – ensuring the rule of international law over the rule of force. That same government also claims that the only way for the UN to continue to have any relevance is for it to rubber stamp the immoral and illegal actions of the world’s only superpower – a country that is responsible for fully half of the world’s military spending and that has flouted, ignored, and blackmailed the UN time and time again.

Our government claims that we here in America face an imminent threat from a nation that has lost 1,500,000 lives since October 1999 due to sanctions, and that has had almost 75% of its territory controlled by the U.S. and its proxies for more than 11 years through the no-fly zones.

Our government is about to launch a war that will kill at least tens of thousands – and more likely hundreds of thousands – of innocent civilians in order to “liberate and disarm” Iraq.

If we are to honor the memory of those thousands who died on September 11 – and the 86 million who have died in wars across the globe since the UN was established at the end of World War II – we must do all we can to stop this headlong rush to war and the wholesale slaughter it will entail.

With that in mind, I am sending you the letter below. This is from John Titus, who lost his daughter Alicia on September 11. I hope it touches you as deeply as it did me, a year and a half afterwards.

In Peace,
Brian Corr (the coffeehood)

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Grieving Father’s Hope for Peace


Just one question: On what facts do you base the statement that “hundreds of thousands of inocent civilians” will be killed in an invasion of Iraq? Can’t take your post seriously until I get past that one…

Moderator’s Note: Please don’t reproduce entire essays or letters by other people on the SDMB. You can provide a link to the essay if you wish, and I have replaced the text of Mr. Titus’ letter with a link to the website where it comes from.

The possibility of Kurdish genocide by the Turks does exist depending on how it is played out down the road. 100,000 deaths or more, yes it is possible. Likely, who knows. This war is bizarre at best so any theory would be reachable.

More news, with speculation over the possible humanitarian disaster:
Aussie Intelligence Officer Resigns in Protest Over Iraq

The future is under no obligation to move us slowly, nor explain to our stupid minds the zeitgeist she takes on.