[-empyre-] America is not united.
To the citizens of the world: PLEASE FORWARD NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY
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.
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