Michael Moore has gone understandably apeshit. I got this on his mailing list today
Monday, March 17th, 2003
George W. Bush
Dear Governor Bush:
So today is what you call "the moment of truth," the day that "France and the
rest of world have to show their cards on the table." I'm glad to hear that this
day has finally arrived. Because, I gotta tell ya, having survived 440 days of
your lying and conniving, I wasn't sure if I could take much more. So I'm glad
to hear that today is Truth Day, 'cause I got a few truths I would like to share
1. There is virtually NO ONE in America (talk radio nutters and Fox News aside)
who is gung-ho to go to war. Trust me on this one. Walk out of the White House
and on to any street in America and try to find five people who are PASSIONATE
about wanting to kill Iraqis. YOU WON'T FIND THEM! Why? 'Cause NO Iraqis have
ever come here and killed any of us! No Iraqi has even threatened to do that.
You see, this is how we average Americans think: If a certain so-and-so is not
perceived as a threat to our lives, then, believe it or not, we don't want to
kill him! Funny how that works!
2. The majority of Americans -- the ones who never elected you -- are not fooled
by your weapons of mass distraction. We know what the real issues are that
affect our daily lives -- and none of them begin with I or end in Q. Here's what
threatens us: two and a half million jobs lost since you took office, the stock
market having become a cruel joke, no one knowing if their retirement funds are
going to be there, gas now costs two dollars a gallon -- the list goes on and
on. Bombing Iraq will not make any of this go away. Only you need to go away for
3. As Bill Maher said last week, how bad do you have to suck to lose a
popularity contest with Saddam Hussein? The whole world is against you, Mr.
Bush. Count your fellow Americans among them.
4. The Pope has said this war is wrong, that it is a SIN. The Pope! But even
worse, the Dixie Chicks have now come out against you! How bad does it have to
get before you realize that you are an army of one on this war? Of course, this
is a war you personally won't have to fight. Just like when you went AWOL while
the poor were shipped to Vietnam in your place.
5. Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South Dakota) has
an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces! If you really want to stand up
for America, please send your twin daughters over to Kuwait right now and let
them don their chemical warfare suits. And let's see every member of Congress
with a child of military age also sacrifice their kids for this war effort.
What's that you say? You don't THINK so? Well, hey, guess what -- we don't think
6. Finally, we love France. Yes, they have pulled some royal screw-ups. Yes,
some of them can be pretty damn annoying. But have you forgotten we wouldn't
even have this country known as America if it weren't for the French? That it
was their help in the Revolutionary War that won it for us? That it was France
who gave us our Statue of Liberty, a Frenchman who built the Chevrolet, and a
pair of French brothers who invented the movies? And now they are doing what
only a good friend can do -- tell you the truth about yourself, straight, no
b.s. Quit pissing on the French and thank them for getting it right for once.
You know, you really should have traveled more (like once) before you took over.
Your ignorance of the world has not only made you look stupid, it has painted
you into a corner you can't get out of.
Well, cheer up -- there IS good news. If you do go through with this war, more
than likely it will be over soon because I'm guessing there aren't a lot of
Iraqis willing to lay down their lives to protect Saddam Hussein. After you
"win" the war, you will enjoy a huge bump in the popularity polls as everyone
loves a winner -- and who doesn't like to see a good ass-whoopin' every now and
then (especially when it 's some third world ass!). And just like with
Afghanistan, we'll forget about what happens to a country after we bomb it
'cause that is just too complex! So try your best to ride this victory all the
way to next year's election. Of course, that's still a long ways away, so we'll
all get to have a good hardy-har-har while we watch the economy sink even
further down the toilet!
But, hey, who knows -- maybe you'll find Osama a few days before the election!
See, start thinking like THAT! Keep hope alive! Kill Iraqis -- they got our
Can't say much fairer than that, really.
The government won the vote on Iraq last night, despite a major revolt. John Reid claims that it was a 'democratic decision'. I don't think so. Did my MP vote to reflect my beliefs on war in Iraq? Did yours? When over 50% of the population do not support war, or are at the very least unconvinced of its legality, how can a vote of 412 to 149 reflect the democratically held views of the electorate? Simple - they don't. Yet now the government is asking the public to back a decision strong-armed through parliament with the help of the Opposition - showing how woefully out of touch Iain Duncan Smith is with the public.
So we're going to war - I wonder how things will turn out when body bags start coming back from Iraq. Politicians make the decisions, but it's always the servicemen who pay the price.