In February of 2008, Michelle Obama delivered a speech in
which she said about her husband: �He is going to demand that you shed your
I know what cynicism is. I felt it during the eight, long
years of the homicidal Bush-Cheney tyranny. And I recognized it, piercingly,
when Barack Obama referred to Afghanistan as the �right� war. I experienced it,
again and again, before the election, especially, when Obama chose as his
running mate the ardent Zionist Joe Biden along with consultants from the
When my youngest son called and told me he wanted to go to
DC for the historic inauguration -- just to be there -- to tell the children he
may have someday that he was on the scene, I was aware of my cynicism. I wanted
to say to him, �This man is going to disappoint you beyond belief. He�s going
to turn off a generation of young people who are inspired by his message of
I hated this cynicism. Because I�ve always been proactive in
the face of despair. I would tell you some of the things I�ve done in moments
of suffocating negativity, but most examples are too personal for public
consumption. Suffice it to say that I�m resourceful and have, almost always,
been able to lift myself from the depths to a ledge of optimism.
I�m trying to hang onto this now.
But we are sending at least 30,000 additional troops to a
country mangled by corruption whose puppet leader says he�ll need our support
for years and years and years, while the people of Afghanistan perceive us as
blood-sucking occupiers and want to blow our troops to smithereens. And are.
Plus, Wars R Us, Inc., plans to send between 26,000 and
56,000 additional mercenaries to Afghanistan, swelling the ranks to a possible
We have not left Iraq.
We are droning Afghanistan and remote areas of Pakistan.
And, now, Barack Obama is considering Predator and Reaper attacks in the
Pakistan city of Quetta whose population is 850,000. In defiance of
international law, we are launching strikes (operated primarily by the CIA),
which have killed more civilians, including children, than al-Qaeda and Taliban
targets. Expanding them to cities will yield even more civilian casualties.
According to a report by Human Rights Watch, Israel, with
unwavering support from our government, rocketed drone attacks in Gaza during
January of 2008 and February of 2009 in which civilians were killed, among them
President Obama, whose early statements decried American
exceptionalism, has recently announced to the world a message that screams
otherwise. And he�s plagiarized the speeches of George Bush in his effort to
induce our mighty, rightful position as a beacon of decency in an evil world.
Invoking 9/11 as much as his predecessor, he is constructing a case for endless
war, against an ideology.
For this, I say to Michelle, �I cannot shed my cynicism
simply because your husband demands it. Instead, its viral load has
Because we are destroying so much. Our military families are
suffering. The children of deployed troops are suffering. The spouses of
deployed troops are suffering. The suicide rate among our military is climbing.
Those who return home without physical wounds bring back with them the
psychological scars of war, and many project this on their loved ones and
And the people, the men, women, and children, who live in
the lands where we wreak death, maiming, and the degradation of the
environment, are suffering.
Our justification for invasion and occupation are
reprehensible lies. Our actions are sagas of immorality. These calamities
didn�t choose us; we chose them. And the consequence is a lifetime of shame for
the anguish we inflict.
We, who have never experienced years of daily Shock and Awe,
the 500-pound bombs exploding our lives away, have no capacity to comprehend.
Thus, the men and women who vote to fund combat have no attachment to war�s
craven disregard for humanity.
The ideology we must confront and asphyxiate is our own:
that of nationalism, Zionism, and imperialism. Our savage disregard for human
rights, even here at home, should be glaring evidence that we are not an
ethical model. We are uncivilized.
It takes more than a village to act in the best interests of
mankind. Also required is conscience, something abysmally lacking among our
leadership. So, it�s up to us. Our survival depends on what we do to shed our
cynicism. Each of us has an obligation to become involved -- to prevent the
Military Industrial Complex from engulfing us in more barbarism.
Peace of the Action kicks off in DC in March. Visit the site and make a commitment to sabotage
war. Remember, it�s the people�s demands that must be met.
lives in New York City. She�s written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken
critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she�s a member of Gold
Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last year, but since the death
of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in Iraq on August 6,� 05, she
has been writing political articles. She can be reached at: Missybeat@aol.com.