A quick look at the Calendar (I HAVE been kind of busy lately) tells me we’re at the ten-year anniversary of the regrettable decision by our last president to go to war with people who had NOTHING to do with 9/11. On the Sunday before the war, my former church (Washington Square United Methodist Church) supported Kairos Theatre Company‘s involvement in the THAW (Theaters Against War) day of art in opposition to the invasion of Iraq. Ben Roberts performed my play about peace and war A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB AND GOD.
We didn’t stop the war. We DID make it clear that it was not being fought in our name. Individually, many of us tried to make the argument that we were attacking the wrong people, that Saddam didn’t have WMD according to the UN people doing the inspections, and that the LAST people Iraq would want inside their borders were religious fundamentalists like Osama Bin Laden. And all of us who protested and tried to talk about the war in a way that nobody in the media would (except poor Phil Donahue) were ostracized and called all kinds of nasty things.
And as MP George Galloway said (after the Downing Street memos revealed that W was determined to have a war regardless of the evidence, and had started the military campaign before going to Congress) We were right and the people supporting the war were wrong. And after our withdrawal from Iraq, Galloway said it was the end of our empire. And it may well be–estimates are that the Iraq part of our wars will ultimately cost $2 Trillion dollars. The human cost–35,000+ wounded and disabled and the 4,800 dead, never mind the minimum of 100,000 Iraqi casualties–was horrific. We sent lots of young men and women to fight a war of aggression that left them dead or injured physically or psychically.
And for all you folks who were vilifying the peace community for telling you these things–for all the people who swallowed the lies of W and Cheney and their hapless underlings–