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Their lives are worth as much as yours …

2011年1月21日

Almost exactly eight years ago …

Some Japanese guy: America’s gonna attack Iraq next.

Me: Why? Saddam Hussein has nothing to do with 9-11.

Some Japanese guy: Because he has weapons of mass destruction.

Me: Who says so?

Some Japanese guy: President Bush.

Me: I don’t believe that.

I am proud of myself for saying this though I know this insight came not from my brain but from Howard Zinn, the most respected historian of our time, who passed away almost exactly a year ago.

I was not following news at that time but I was reading Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States.” I instantly knew the reason for the war was a lie.

“We can reject the belief that the lives of others are worth less than the lives of Americans, that a Japanese child, or an Iraqi child, or an Afghani child is worth less than an American child. We can refuse to accept the idea, which is the universal justification for war, that the means of massive violence are acceptable for “good ends,” because we should know by now, even though we are slow learners, that the ugliness of the means is always certain, the goodness of the end always uncertain.” (The Bomb, Howard Zinn)

Although things have not changed much or are getting worse, I am a little glad that I am still alive and seeing this: Arianna Huffington Called ‘Sweetheart’ By Joe Lieberman   (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwe_2u1Xwtw)

Note: 

1. President George W. Bush announced that he was ready to attack Iraq in his state of the union address on January 28, 2003.

2. On February 16, 2011, The Guardian reported that Curveball, the man who was the source of the information of Saddam Husain’s WMD, said that he had fabricated the story about WMD and that many people had known that he was lying when Iraq War started:

Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war (Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/15/defector-admits-wmd-lies-iraq-war?INTCMP=SRCH

Curveball doubts were shared with CIA, says ex-German foreign minister (Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/17/curveball-doubts-cia-german-foreign?INTCMP=SRCH

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