October 12, 2002

U.S. Honor Down the Tubes

"A U.S. attack on Iraq, which seems inevitable, will be the most craven abdication of democratic principles in our country's history..." so says Glenda Gilmore, the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History of Yale University, writing in The Yale Daily News.

"This time we are the invaders," writes Gilmore. "No matter how much Bush tells us we are the good guys and Hussein is the bad guy, the president will not be able to change the historical fact that we attacked another sovereign nation without provocation. We are the good guys. But good guys don't invade other countries, unless they have exhausted every other option for self-preservation. If they do, they become the bad guys."

Say goodbye to the America you grew up believing in, the white picket fences, a world in which principle prevailed, the country of "walk softly and carry a big stick," the defender of freedom, democracy and self determination. Now the U.S. is the aggressor.

-- By David Cogswell

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