Monday, March 26, 2007

Why We Fight on YouTube; New Out of Iraq Bloggers Caucus Member

We start by welcoming Real's World as a member of the Out of Iraq Blogger's Caucus.

Big Tent Democrat has a new post: Lowering Expectations on Iraq.

This is the piece that I read and was searching for to link to earlier, but somehow lost: Howard Zinn - Are We Politicians or Citizens? This is a fair analysis of the morality of funding this thuing now, by passing H.R. 1591 in the Senate (the Senate version is S. 965):

As I write this, Congress is debating timetables for withdrawal from Iraq. In response to the Bush Administration's "surge" of troops, and the Republicans' refusal to limit our occupation, the Democrats are behaving with their customary timidity, proposing withdrawal, but only after a year, or eighteen months. And it seems they expect the anti-war movement to support them.

That was suggested in a recent message from MoveOn, which polled its members on the Democrat proposal, saying that progressives in Congress, "like many of us, don't think the bill goes far enough, but see it as the first concrete step to ending the war."

Ironically, and shockingly, the same bill appropriates $124 billion in more funds to carry the war. It's as if, before the Civil War, abolitionists agreed to postpone the emancipation of the slaves for a year, or two years, or five years, and coupled this with an appropriation of funds to enforce the Fugitive Slave Act.

When a social movement adopts the compromises of legislators, it has forgotten its role, which is to push and challenge the politicians, not to fall in meekly behind them.

We who protest the war are not politicians. We are citizens. Whatever politicians may do, let them first feel the full force of citizens who speak for what is right, not for what is winnable, in a shamefully timorous Congress.

Timetables for withdrawal are not only morally reprehensible in the case of a brutal occupation (would you give a thug who invaded your house, smashed everything in sight, and terrorized your children a timetable for withdrawal?) but logically nonsensical. If our troops are preventing civil war, helping people, controlling violence, then why withdraw at all? If they are in fact doing the opposite - provoking civil war, hurting people, perpetuating violence - they should withdraw as quickly as ships and planes can carry them home.

[Read more of this piece by Howard Zinn]

Why We Fight:

Why We Fight: 1 of 4 parts

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Why We Fight: part 3 of 4

Why We Fight: part 4 of 4

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