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Statement on the War in Iraq
March 21, 2003
By the Editors

We oppose this war.

We find it difficult to believe George W. Bush's claim that he has attacked Iraq reluctantly.

This administration has spent months attempting to convince the American people that Saddam Hussein is in some way responsible for 9/11. It has spent weeks in front of the U.N. arguing for war, going so far as to offer false information at key presentations. It has consistently ignored the reports of Hans Blix and the U.N. weapons inspectors. In the hurry to conquer Iraq, this administration has vilified nations and people who would urge caution.

We are told that we must invade Iraq to prevent further terrorist attacks, when top intelligence officials agree that an invasion will likely increase the possibility of such attacks. We are told that we must invade Iraq to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, when evidence of Iraq's possession of such weapons is unclear. We are told that Saddam Hussein is a brutal dictator and we must liberate his people, when there are many brutal dictators around the globe who are are guilty of the same crimes — the Bush administration even considers some of them our allies.

The United States stands virtually alone in the world right now. The actions of George W. Bush — supposedly a uniter, not a divider — have alienated the vast majority of people on this planet and caused turmoil, division, finger-pointing and anger against the United States. Anti-American terrorists must be dancing for joy.

There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a brutal dictator, but we believe that the U.N. inspections should have been given more time. The United States sets a dangerous precedent when we attack first — a precedent which, sadly, our enemies will likely be only too happy to exploit.

We strongly support our troops, who are bravely putting their lives on the line in Iraq. They did not choose this war, nor are they responsible for it. We hope and pray that they can return home safely to their families as soon as possible. We hope casualties on both sides can be minimized, especially among civilians.

For the moment, we are taking a break from publishing articles on our homepage. We will resume publication when we feel it is appropriate, so feel free to submit articles. The message board will remain open.

We expect the traffic to this website to increase dramatically as a result of this war. In an effort to minimize our bandwidth, we have removed many of the graphical and design elements from our pages. Once traffic decreases somewhat, DU will return to the way it looked before.

— The Administrators of Democratic Underground

 

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