Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Trouble with Democracy

From the NYTimes this morning:

But people who attended a series of high-level meetings this month between White House and Congressional officials say President Bush's aides argued that it could be a politically fatal mistake for Republicans to walk away from the war in an election year.

We're at war, lives are at stake, the future of Iraq hangs in the balance - and politicians on both sides of the aisle are making their decisions based upon the impact their vote might have on the next election.

It makes me long for a vengeful god who will punish them harshly in the next life. Or an indifferent god who will ignore their cries when they are reincarnated as cockroaches. There is something grossly unethical in trying to spin a debate on war.

The Republicans are easy to vilify, but I don't see that the Democrats are doing much better. Iraq is a mess, the occupation is being run by war-profiteers, Al Qaeda is growing stronger by the day, and the President's team is morally and intellectually bankrupt. We need alternatives beyond stay the course and bring the troops home. Neither one will bring us any closer to peace.

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