Reading The Nation piece by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian is gut-wrenching. It is about the nature of war and how we are dehumanized. It shows racism, xenophobia, ignorance, incompetence. Not only do we need to impeach Bush and Cheney but we should also give ourselves up to the World Court in the Hague to be indicted for crimes against humanity. The only way we could begin to right this wrong (which can never be righted) is to take the billions of dollars we spend on war and figure out how to spend it to make amends. I read the words of Iraqi vets in this article and I am ashamed to be American. The only thing that has kept me from despair since this war started is to be able to speak against it in places like this blog. I sign petitions, I make phone calls to representatives and senators, I attend rallies. None of it seems to be enough. This government and the current congress still has not listened to the majority of the American people, who are against the war. What must we do to demand accountability from our government?
The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness, an article by Chris Hedges and Laila Al-Arian in the 30 July 2007 issue of The Nation, is a must-read.
Bill Moyers’ Journal this evening had Bruce Fein and John Nichols discussing the necessity for impeachment. It’s a powerful discussion that calls each of us to require Congress to do its job, which is to ensure that the executive branch observes the laws of the constitution. At one point, Moyers said that Fein and Nichols were proposing taking an axe to the government and Nichols corrected Moyers. He said Moyers was making the same mistake many citizens make which is to believe that impeachment is an act to smear the president and vice president or will cause a crisis. But impeachment is the cure, as Nichols said. Impeachment is the only thing that would avert a constitutional crisis and a weakening of our nation. Both Nichols and Fein went as far as to say that if we do not impeach Bush and Cheney, our nation is doomed. Watch this show for an education we all need. Watch this show and then take some kind of action. We all need to take our civic responsibilities seriously by acting.