[-empyre-] America is not united.


America is not united.

We, one half of the American people, are shocked and angered by the re-election of George W. Bush as our president. We are immensely disappointed. Yet our resolve remains steadfast.

This is a new day. Our half of America - we who oppose Bush -- has woken up. We now know that we have more in common with many other citizens of the globe than with the other half of our country who cast votes for Bush. We realize now that we are unified with others across the planet in a worldwide battle for thoughtfulness, critical thinking, human rights, and protection of our common planetary resources. We are clear now that the other half of our nation supports an American brand of fundamentalism, which preaches a gospel of fear and hate founded on ignorance. This gospel disregards the humanity of innocent citizens of other nations; it marginalizes the poor and preaches intolerance for the "different" within our own nation.

America is not united.

This is a new day for our half of America. We have realized that the other half of our country is not guided by reason. The other half knew Bush lied to us about Iraq. They knew that Bush has burdened our economy with insurmountable debt. They knew that Bush's party intimidated voters. They knew that Bush is destroying our environment. They knew that Bush might lead us into other unprovoked and endless wars. Still they voted for Bush. Exiting the polls, they explained that Bush stood for "moral values," that he is "a man of God."

But half of America voted against him.

World citizens: know that America is not united.

Our nation was founded upon principles of reason, not fundamentalist ideology. We have reached a turning point. We are alienated from many of our fellow Americans. We are citizens of the world. Understand that we have put our souls into the defeat of Bush - and remember us as we continue to strive to create a better America. Our half of America will not rest until reason and humanity prevail.

Jose Miguel Trevejo


Bush owes an apology to the people of Iraq.

Thanks to an extraordinarily courageous academic team working jointly for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Columbia University School of Nursing and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad, we now have an answer to how many civilians have been killed in the war on Iraqi (which, by the way, has the second largest oil deposits in the world). After surveying thousands of households in Iraqi communities, they conservatively estimate that approximately 100,000 civilians have died as the direct or indirect result of the war. More than half of those who have died are women and children. "Violence accounted for most of the excess deaths," according to the report's summary, "and air strikes from coalition forces accounted for most violent deaths."

Like any survey that relies on extrapolations from interviews, the Hopkins study is inexact. The authors responsibly tried to discount for possible distortions, and went so far as to recalculate the data without information gleaned from the Falluja region, where intense fighting might have skewed the results. If the deaths from the Falluja area are included, the total number is considerably higher. The methods used by the Hopkins researchers -- including a corps of brave Iraqis who risked their lives to conduct interviews in very dangerous places -- accorded fully with scientific standards. The complete study is available on the Web site of The Lancet, the eminent British medical journal, at thelancet.com

And they dare speak of moral questions tipping the election towards Bush.

Joseph Nechvatal



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