"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Our Responsibilities

Read this op-ed in the NYT by Kirk Johnson, a dear friend of mine's brother, who worked in Baghdad and Fallujah with USAID. We have, it seems to me, a responsibility to those Iraqis whose fortunes have been irreperably harmed by their commitments to us and the very least we could do is to open our doors and give them the chance to reconstruct (and perhaps save) their lives. For more background on this, see this article in the New Yorker.

1 comment:

Tom Van Dyke said...

That's my position at this juncture, too, Michael.

I often point out that, for a lousy few years' "containment," the Clinton administration was responsible of tens of thousands of innocent women and children dying as a result of the sanctions.

This seems more immoral to me than this current war itself, which at least offers the chance for freedom. Neither is the US/UK responsible for the murders committed by the bad guys there, despite the blind-in-one-eye spin.

But worse than both the war and the sanctions was the Bush41 administration's abandonment of the Iraqis who rose up against Saddam, and were slaughtered for their trouble. We should not commit such a perfidy again.