Mary Arline (queen_of_kithia) wrote,
Mary Arline

The war has started. I have failed.

All my efforts for nothing. All my beautiful arguments, and no one but a few friends ever read them. When I started this, I imagined that I would be like Peter and Valentine in the Ender series, anonymous posting this brilliant prose that everyone would read, hearing my arguments on others' lips. But the internet is not the ansible; just because something is there doesn't mean people will read it. I should have done more to lure people onto my site. Now it's too late.

But then, I'm being breathtakingly arrogant. Bush ignored the wishes of the leaders of other countries, the voices of thousands of foreign protesters, and the demonstrations of thousands more protesters here at home. What makes me think that he will drop everything just because I call him a lying, self-centered, ambitious, large-scale abuser.

I notice that the link to the Orlando Sentinel editorial no longer makes sense. I hope that's a newspaper thing and is not creative editing on the part of John Ashcroft.

Then again, perhaps all this hasn't been for nothing. Assuming, of course, that the world's not destroyed, someday people are going to be studying this as a historical event. Since history is derived from documents, if these survive (and I'm going to make hard copies, as I don't trust the internet or computers), at least future historians will know what one little English major in the middle of nowhere thought, and I might influence their decisions, anyway.

At least I stayed true to my beliefs, even though I re-evaluated them on occasion, not wanting to succumb to Emerson's hobgoblin.

I do think, though, now that the war has started, we need to really hit Bush where it hurts. Demonstrations are nice, but we had demonstrations before the war and they really didn't help. I think we need to make Bush suffer, and I think the best way to do that is to attack his career and the economy.

First, those of us who oppose this war, we need to let Bush know, in no uncertain terms, that we will not be voting for him in 2004. It seems to be that this war has been an attempt to boost his career, and we need to make that brilliant career move blow up in his face. So to speak.

Second, we need to sabotage the economy. He can't fight this war without money. Actually, he probably could fight this war without money by borrowing it, but let's cross that bridge when we come to it. Don't let your money circulate. Clutch it to your bosom as though it were your own child. Don't spend money on anything that isn't absolutely necessary.

Granted, if that stops the war we will be stuck with a lousy economy. But it's a small price to pay.

As I believe I have mentioned, I do not believe that everything happens for good, but good comes out of everything that happens. Even though I oppose this war with every fiber of my being, I do not deny that actually managing to get Saddam Hussein out of Iraq would be a wondrously good thing.

Presuming they actually let the people of Iraq be free after that.

And I have my doubts.

God, the war has begun. Protect the innocent. Punish the guilty. Please don't let this be the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning. Please don't let this be another Vietnam. Amen.</i
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