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Iraq Memorial to Life

Consequential Lies by Ray McGovern. The veteran CIA analyst describes the lethal consequences of Bush and Cheney's insistence on repeating the lie that Iraq had a relationship with Al Qaeda.

So This Is What War Looks Like? April 2, 2003 by Tim Wise. This article is still timely.

Eyes Wide Openclick on image for information

Cost of the War in Iraq

Quotes

If it were suspected that I, as an average citizen was responsible for even one death, that suspected crime would be investigated. The civil authorities would not care if I were a Democrat or a Republican, the crime would still be investigated. I believe that Casey and all the other Americans and all the countless, uncounted and unnamed Iraqis deserve the same consideration. All of the innocent dead deserve to have their murders investigated: whether the person responsible is a Democrat or a Republican." ~ Cindy Sheehan, Mother of Spc Casey Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04, Cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace

"Can you imagine what it is like, every time you set out in a car across the city, to wonder if you will return?...I feel sick, but I don't run to the bombsite because I can't do anything.  I just sit there and wonder how many people are dead, and pray for them, and for the people who set the bombs, and at the same time I feel glad that it wasn't me there on the street.  Your mind does these things.  "Thank God I made it today.  Thank God it wasn't me."  But it was someone. ~ Sheila Provencher, CPT Iraq. (full article)

Has there ever before been a war that so many people disapproved of but so few wanted to stop? Have the reasons for starting a war ever been so thoroughly discredited without turning into reasons for ending it? Michael Kinsley, LA Times

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

In Battle Ready, Gen. Antony Zinni writes, "In the lead-up to the Iraq war and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and irresponsibility, at worse, lying, incompetence and corruption. I think there was dereliction in insufficient forces being put on the ground and fully understanding the military dimensions of the plan. I think there was dereliction in lack of planning."

A time comes when silence is betrayal. "Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government's policy, especially in times of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought, within one's own bosom and in the surrounding world.”  ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  [see full article][hear full sermon]

“Before long, you will see this curious thing: the speakers stoned from the platform, and free speech strangled by hordes of furious men..” ~ Mark Twain, The Mysterious Stranger (1910)

“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”  ~ Mohandas Gandhi

I don't think that violence and war is the solution. There are times when you reluctantly, as a last resort, have to go to war. I will tell you that in my time, I never saw anything come out of fighting that was worth the fight. ~ Gen. Anthony Zinni

It also gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them.” -- Adolf Hitler

A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil that good may come of it.” ~ William Penn, 1693

"Right now, we are the midwives of the next generation of jihad, of the next al Qaeda. So the very thing that the administration says it went there to prevent, it is creating." ~ Michael Ware, TIME, 2004

 

 


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