Dear Commons Community,
The media are running articles, conducting interviews, and commenting on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War.
Michael Moore, Oscar-winning film director of documentaries, was on Piers Morgan last night calling for President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to be tried as war criminals for lying to the American people about the need to go to war. Moore commented that there could be “no greater lie” than leading a country to war on false pretenses. (See video below.)
A letter on truthdig, written by a wounded Iraqi veteran likewise accused Bush, Cheney and Rumsfled of “egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole”.
A New York Times editorial concluded:
“The Iraq war was unnecessary, costly and damaging on every level. It was based on faulty intelligence manipulated for ideological reasons. The terrible human and economic costs over the past 10 years show why that must never happen again.”
I hope sincerely that we learned from Iraq that it “must never happen again”. However, we have political ideologues completely involved in all levels of government, the news media, and our private enterprises and organizations. A few votes here and there in a close national election and the ideologues will be making our country’s war policies again.