We American voters and
taxpayers are responsible for electing Republican and Democratic officials (our
RDOs) who approved payment for and ordered military operations that bombed
Lybia's ruler Muamar Qaddafi's home and killed his
daughter (1988.) Our RDOs funded bombing of the Shifa pharmaceutical plant in
(1998). Saddam Hussein made a terrible mistake of
aggressing against the Kuwait
monarchy, killing maybe 1,600 Kuwaitis. Then (under Bush 41) our RDOs invaded Iraq, killing
maybe 20,000 to 35,000 Iraqis. They followed that up with sanctions that were
the initiating (but not the only) cause estimated to have caused 400,000 to
500,000 excess deaths among Iraqi children. After 9/11, directed by Bush 43,
our RDOs directed us to invade and destroy the nation of Iraq, killing an estimated 110,000
to 1,000,000 Sunni and Shia, all innocent of having WMD and of conspiring with
bin Laden. Martians didn't do it. This is our bad; our very very bad.
"Islamic Terrorism" is understandable (not
"justifiable") revenge! The U.S. must protect our citizens at
home. But "preemption" abroad is just retaliatory aggression for revenge
attacks! We should tell Republican and Democratic parties: we will boycott you,
not vote for any of your candidates, unless they pledge to re-institute a
policy like the Cold War policy of Disengagement. The policy must be: cease all
fire in the Middle East. Get all our "infidel"
troops out of Muslim lands. Disengage all our support for both Israel and Palestine.
Stop meddling in the Middle East!
I could be Bernie Sanders older brother by similarity. I was born in Manhattan, 1940, he, about a year later, in Brooklyn. I too am a white male American. A retired college professor of philosophy. We both were born of Jewish parents. I was (more...)