Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.
It looks as if the Bush Administration is getting ready to attack Iran. People who watch Washington more carefully than I do say this is real. Most likely it will be an air attack, possibly using nuclear weapons.
Remember what has already happened. The U.S. made an unprovoked attack on Iraq, invading and occupying the country. The invasion has continued longer than WWII. More than 100,000 people have died. (I suspect hundreds of thousands, if we add up everyone who would have lived if the war hadn’t happened. The old people who die of heat, the children who die of malnutrition and disease are all war victims.) Millions have been displaced. The infrastructure of the country has been destroyed. Irreplaceable art has been lost. Irreplaceable archaeological sites have been destroyed. The origin place for western civilization has been reduced to rubble.
Why was this done? We still don’t know. Maybe to control the country’s oil. Maybe to deny the oil to Europe and China. Maybe because Bush and Chaney wanted to show the world how scary they are.
Now the Bush Administration wants to do this again to another ancient, lovely country. I was in Iran briefly as a kid, visited the national museum in Tehran and saw the blue mosques and palaces in Isfahan. I do not want the people there — who struck me as perfectly nice people — killed. I don’t want the blue mosques destroyed.
I think it’s time for all of us to email or call to our congresspeople and say, NO MORE WAR. And I think we need to figure out what we are going to do, if Congress cannot stop Bush or does not try.
We cannot get through another war by going to the mall.