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Progressive Values e-letter - March 20, 2013
Lessons from the Iraq War Tragedy

Education for citizens to help prevent
future deadly abuse of power

Have you ever considered how complicated
things can get, what with one thing
always leading to another?
E. B. White

10 Years Later: Looking Back on the Iraq War So We Can Clearly Look Forward by Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post, March 6, 2013
"...March 20, the 10th anniversary of one of the biggest disasters in the history of the United States. That was the day George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and a team of others -- along with much of Washington and a very complicit mainstream media -- took the nation to war against Iraq. The devastating consequences of that war will continue for decades, but a full accounting has still yet to happen. …Allowing the toxic mixture of lies, deception and rationalizations that led to that war to go unchallenged makes it more likely that we will make similar tragic mistakes in the future. So I hope we can use this moment to assess what really happened, to look back in order to look forward … the consequences of this disastrous war are still very much with us... let's also build online monuments dedicated to those who planned and provoked and fomented the war, so we can join in the struggle of memory against forgetting."

The struggle of man against power
is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
Milan Kundera

Message to all Americans

You know how often when some horrible experience is over, you reflect back and think "that wasn't so bad." Not so with the Iraq War. It's only been over time, and with much learning, that I realize the disastrous reality of this war and the extent to which we, and future generations, will be dealing with the after effects for years to come.

This debacle was engineered over a long period of time by a relatively few egomaniacal ideologues, many of whom were not elected representatives of the people. The  Republicans made it happen while the Democrats, media and citizens watched it happen. 

It was so outrageously immoral and illegal it was impossible to comprehend what was really happening at the time.  If anyone has stepped forward and claimed responsibility, I missed it. Republicans act as if it never happened as they move ahead, "rebranding" their corrupt party.

The good news is that the progressive movement, along with the internet community, is actively remembering and educating in a commitment to stop the continuing abuse of democracy.

I'm grateful for the information that is being shared on this tenth anniversary of the launch of the war and urge that similar recognition emerge every year
so we never forget.

With audacious faith, Phyllis Stenerson

We must move forward with audacious faith. The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Go to www.ProgressiveValues.org to learn about the Iraq War through commentary and information from diverse voices plus a timeline.

Iraq War Cost U.S. More Than $2 Trillion, Could Grow to $6 Trillion, Says Watson Institute Study By Daniel Trotta, Reuters 3/14/13 on HuffingtonPost.com  …The war has killed at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians and may have contributed to the deaths of as many as four times that number…

War Is a Force That Pays the 1 Percent: Occupying American Foreign Policy by J.A. Myerson, Truthout | News Analysis, November 14, 2011
...The nexus of power that Occupy is looking to challenge in this country does not stop at Wall Street. Military profiteering is an integral part of the system and it should be challenged…War profiteers benefit from the same corrupt system that bolsters the wealth of stock traders: this country provides more democracy, freedom and protection to the very wealthy than to the average citizen...

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The stakes are too high
for government to be
a spectator sport.
Barbara Jordan

It is the evil in man that makes democracy necessary, and man’s belief in justice that makes democracy possible. 
Reinhold Neibuhr

Lies are often much more plausible,
more appealing to reason, than reality, since the liar has the great advantage
of knowing beforehand what the
audience wishes or expects to hear.
Hannah Arendt
The whole problem with the world
is that fools and fanatics are always
so certain of themselves,
but wiser people so full of doubts.
Bertrand Russell
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. 
George Orwell

 If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Joseph Goebbels
German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945

The news and truth are
not the same thing.
Walter Lippmann
In a free society, when evil is done,
some are guilty,
but all are responsible.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

We learned long ago that power
and privilege never give up anything without a struggle.
Money fights hard,
and it fights dirty. 
Bill Moyers

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Phyllis Stenerson, Paideia LLC
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