The War Alternative(s)
100,000 people marched for peace in Washington D.C. today in non-violent protest against the Bush Administration’s foreign policy, which is summed up in a doctrine of American pre-emptive strike against any nation of a perceived threat. This use of force could most likely be used against Iraq, which Congress subsequently supported. Problem is, most U.S. citizens are more concerned with fixing our failing economy then attacking a nation that has yet to do us any harm.
Now, I’m not going to get on a soap box and say that Saddam is a nice guy and that he shouldn’t be held responsible for his actions. But the simple fact of the matter—the one that everyone seems to keep forgetting these days—is that war is not the only answer. In fact, it is the worst possible answer in this case. It all but guarantees more trouble for our country, God forbid something to the likes of 9/11. Instead of drumming up support for a war against Iraq, why isn’t George Dubya putting that Yale educated brain of his to work on a non-violent solution? I think he should consider one of my home grown alternatives instead:
- End the ecomomic sanctions against Iraq, which only do its people harm. Think about it. If you were starved and poor, wouldn’t you be more likely to latch on to the rich defiant bully of your oppressor, rather than your oppressor, who you see as rich, arrogant, and a bully? These sanctions are short sighted. Iraqis need to be healthy and prosperous. Then they will want a natural coexistnace with the rest of the world and give their leader the boot.
- Begin an immediate U.S. commission, specifically to work on the creation and use of alternative energies. If someone just did it, just had the courage to stand up and say, “We’re going to figure out how to stop using so goddamn much natural resources (and nuclear waste) by the year 20-so-and-so” couldn’t that change the world? Didn’t JFK do that when he took us to the moon? No one believed that was possible. We could do it for new energy too. And that could potentially make the entire world free from dealing with the likes of Hussein.
- Begin using real leadership and appointing stronger diplomats. I saw a glimmer of real leadership in the President the few weeks after September 11. I’ll admit it. But all of this militarism is just no good. We want diplomacy, not conflict. I think the American people, conservatives included, are going to react negatively in the next election to this awful pipe-dream, which will spend countless military tax dollars and untold amounts of human life. I hope he saw the future watching today’s demonstrations, but I fear he’s too far in it to turn back now.