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DISPATCH: Open Letter to George W.
Posted on November 18, 2003 by Anita

Dear Mr. Bush:

To me, you represent rank imperialism and war-mongering - neither of them American traditions or values - so I wish you were not coming to this country. But since you are coming, let me warn you that millions of us here will not tolerate our government if it follows your lead.

Let me explain also why so many of us feel the same way. Because we need and want to work with other nations. Because we want to find solutions other than killing people. Because we seek moral leaders who understand there are forces more powerful than violence. Because of the danger you pose to the world, which you have moulded into a place where it is all too easy for leaders to commit egregious crimes under international law - including the crime of aggression - without the price tag that the Nazi leaders paid at Nuremberg.

I wish that "we the people" had demanded that you and Blair, who promoted this war, should have personally participated in the hostilities like medieval kings had to. This would have shown some real personal sacrifice.

And we feel this way because, thanks to the dark arts of spin and propaganda, your visit seems an attempt to validate your secrets and lies. But when it is spoken courageously and without regard for personal consequences the truth is immensely powerful, as Vaclav Havel said. All over the planet, people have been speaking the truth and demonstrating for a peaceful way to resolve conflict, even when it took extraordinary courage - especially in America - to speak out and act for peace, to stand up against the new lie: that peace is somehow unpatriotic.

I wish we were welcoming, instead of you, those courageous Americans who stood up and spoke out against the war and demonstrated American values, just as you have perverted them.

Actually, I'll tell you a secret, George. Working for peace is a higher form of patriotism. "Patriotism is not enough," said Nurse Edith Cavell in 1915 before her execution, and she was right. Speaking the truth is a higher form of patriotism, that honours our values and our nations.

I hope that the thousands of us who greet you on the streets of London will be a glimpse for you - through the mists of compromise and half-truths - of that higher patriotism and that powerful truth.

Supporting peace!

Dame Anita Roddick

Topic : Politics
Posted By : Anita
Posted On : November 18, 2003



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