Nicolas J S Davies

A collection of published articles and letters to policymakers regarding the crisis in United States foreign policy by Nicolas J S Davies.

Location: North Miami, Florida, United States

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Letter to Democrats Calling for Opposition

The Hon. Kendrick Meek
1039 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington DC 20515

Saturday, October 11, 2003

Dear Kendrick,

This week, the Organization of the Islamic Conference is meeting in Malaysia and calling for an end to the U.S. military occupation of Iraq and the restoration of Iraqi sovereignty under U.N. supervision. In an unusual show of unity, they are adding their substantial voice to a rising chorus of indignation from around the world at the desperate attempts of our government to cling to an immoral and failed policy in the face of mounting violence and almost universal condemnation.

One of the saddest aspects of this situation is that neither the reality of the tragedy unfolding in Iraq nor the moral judgment of world opinion can penetrate the fog of American politics. The leaders of both parties in Congress and most of the Democratic presidential candidates are supporting the President’s supplemental budget request for $87 billion dollars, and this is enabling and encouraging him to continue the occupation.

The American people, and especially our sons and daughters serving our country in the armed forces, deserve so much better than this.

At the very least, we deserve an opposition party that will challenge the administration’s campaign of lies and misinformation that have resulted in 60% of us believing at least one of the false premises of this war.

At the very least, we deserve an opposition party that will oppose increased funding that supports and enables this administration’s addiction to violence and war.

At the very least, we deserve an opposition party that will support the soldiers who put their lives on the line to defend us and preserve peace, but are instead being used as an army of occupation, and demand that we bring them home alive and whole to their families now.

And at the very least, we deserve an opposition party that can spell out for us the self-fulfilling, destructive nature of unilateral neo-imperialism and the grave danger it poses to our country and the world, and clearly offer an alternative foreign policy that is based on cooperative power and universal aspirations for peace and dignity.

At this time of such desperate need, it is indeed tragic that we do not seem to have such an opposition party.

Yours sincerely


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