Yours, Mine, and Ours
The year begins with your humble Doctor begging your pardon.
many keyboard criers, I wrote some impassioned pieces on
conflict in Afghanistan (it sure ain't no war, with no declaration
Congress), decrying the Ashcroft raids, the bombings of
and the pass given to Saudi Arabia despite its much greater
fostering al-Qaeda. I wrote 'em, but I reread 'em--and I
to post them. No sense adding to the stridency of the national
conversation, I thought. No sense risking injuring the feelings
those with friends and family overseas, I thought. No sense
up the bad feelings created by the thousands of dead in
I chickened out, simply put. Many of us have. The national
has been giving the pro-"war" side a free pass,
not questioning the
underlying assumptions driving this conflict. Policies that
whatever to do with the war--like the tax-reduction package,
over rerun from the supply-side crowd--are sailing through,
by a media long derided as "liberal", despite
its consistent championing
of the corporate status quo. Hokum is broadcast and published,
and many others have sat by, quiet in the face of it all.
causing offense, right?
Cowardice is cowardice. Anyone who loves his or her country
duty to learn its history, to study its current actions,
and to render
an informed opinion on its course. If one finds, after careful
and consideration, that one's country is heading the wrong
has the duty to speak out and say so.
I apologize for having sidestepped that duty.