Calling All Lefties: Open Letter
March 18, 2011 20 Comments
Dear Matthew Yglesias, Ezra Klein, Juan Cole, Brian Leiter, Prof. Dr. Duncan “Atrios” Black, Joshua Micah Joshua Micha Marshall, J. Bradford J. Delong, Kevin Drum, “Kos”, and other professional bloggers of conscience,
Dear Jon Stewart, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Cindy Sheehan, Jesse Jackson, Rosie O’Donnell, and other celebrities of conscience,
Dear Lawrence O’Donnell, Chris Hedges, Paul Krugman (or whoever actually writes the New York Times column under that name), Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and other journalists of conscience,
and Dear any other principled, consistently anti-war lefties I may have missed,
As you may observe from the public record, the United States is pursuing hostility and war ‘On’ ™ a Sovereign MENA country that has done nothing to us in over a decade. There is no Smoking Gun ™ evidence of any Imminent Threat ™ toward us on their part, which (I point out, given that, I gather, you are all Catholics) is a clear requirement of Catholic Just War Theory ™.
This small, Oil-rich nation, which we have tangled with and harassed before (does our President have psychological reasons for pursuing this?), has announced a ceasefire and stated its intention to comply with all relevant UN resolutions. The opposition is fragmented and tribal loyalties dominate, meaning that even if we succeed in ousting the current leader, all that may accomplish would be to take the country to the Brink ™ of a Civil War, requiring an occupation in a murky society where we are not wanted. This will, if anything, Create Terrorists ™ and not Make Us Safer ™ at all.
Yet our President continues his Rush To War ™, with no apparent Exit Strategy ™ or consideration of the possibility that it becomes a Quagmire ™, costing us untold Blood And Treasure ™.
Oddly, I don’t believe I have heard from any of you about any of this. Where are you?
Is your Dissent being Crushed ™?
P.S. Also, there’s no proof that Qaddafi had anything to do with 9/11.