U.N. Resolution 446 (Israel’s settlements in Gaza and the West Bank are illegal)
Our government condones Israel’s snubbing of these and many other U. N. resolutions. If a U.N. resolution creates Israel, it’s legitimate. But if it benefits the Palestinian people, it can simply be ignored. Is it sane policy to give billions of our taxpayer dollars and billions more in weapons year after year after year to a government that illegally occupies Palestinian land, violently oppresses the Palestinians living on that land, and continues to expand its illegal settlements? Mr. President, how does our uncritical support of Israel’s violent actions serve America’s best interests? HONEST DEBATE PROHIBITED.
-----Is it rational to believe people hate us because of our freedoms or lifestyle and not because of our foreign policies that cause them great harm (as their leaders have often publicly claimed)? Mr. President, intelligent people have convincingly argued the “war on terror” is futile because by ignoring the predictable consequences of our blatantly unjust foreign policies; it literally creates more “terrorists” than it eliminates. Our government representatives have threatened violent action against regimes that provide aid and protection to our enemies. But our country continues a long tradition of giving billions in dollars and weapons to regimes around the world that openly oppress millions of people under their control. Mr. President, why do we have a moral right to attack people that aid and protect our enemies, but expect others not to attack us when we purposely aid and protect their enemies? It’s good when we do it, but bad when they do it? Shouldn’t morality be part of U. S. foreign policy? How does the “war on terror” serve America’s best interests? HONEST DEBATE PROHIBITED.
There are many areas of our political system where honest debate is “off the table”. Mr. President, how can real change happen using a blatantly dishonest political system that can effectively prohibit honest debate on virtually any issue?
[A specific proposal for enforcing intellectual honesty will follow in part 2 of this open letter.]
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Carmen Yarrusso, a software engineer for 35 years, designed and modified computer operating systems (including Internet software). He has a BS in physics and studied game theory and formal logic during his years with the math department at (more...
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