A Letter in the March 13 Tomahawk Leader
On Dec. 26, 2006, I mailed a letter to the Washington offices of Cong. Obey and Senators Feingold and Kohl regarding the War in Iraq. None of the three offices received that correspondence. Even with security screening procedures in place for postal correspondence, a period of more than two months is questionable. This becomes more of a concern when one considers the growing numbers of citizens opposing this war.
From the beginning of this tragedy both my husband and I were not persuaded by the current administration’s justifications for going to war with Iraq. We suspected then, and have more reason to believe so now, that this war was an attempt to earn a favorable place in history for this administration and to gain grotesque financial benefits for its friends and influential business associates.
The most glaring and obvious tragedy of this war is the loss of life and injury of our people and of the innocent Iraqi bystanders. Less obvious but ultimately more destructive is the ultimate decimation of the American ideal which is the true strength of this country. We will not defeat terrorism by eroding our own constitutional rights, or by sinking to the level of extremists through the use of torture. We will however, deplete the financial and base resources of this country and eventually land up defeated and broke if we continue this war.
We must reverse this course of self-destruction and abandon the role of occupier in a land where we were neither invited nor asked by the world at large to intervene. The U.S. now owes the Iraqi people a very expensive reconstruction, and a rebuilding of the American way of life for its own people. We must stop this war and address the real issues of global warming, poverty and political injustice before this war forever drains away our ability to do so.
On Saturday, March 17, the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, rallies and marches in opposition to the war will take place around the nation. There will be a rally and march in Wausau beginning with informational workshops from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church at 406 Grand St. This will be followed by a rally from 1 to 3 p.m. consisting of speakers and music in the 400 block of downtown Wausau. The march will then begin at 3 p.m. and go to the offices of Cong. Obey and Sen. Feingold and conclude with a petition signing. For more information, visit www.PeaceNorth.org.
Diana C. Smith