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Friday, August 04, 2006

Open Letter to Mike Ferguson

Another open letter to Republican U.S. Representative Mike Ferguson, including text written by Progressive Democrats for America:

Time is running out, Mike. You are on the wrong side of history, you and all the other representatives who unthinkingly support Israel's war crimes to continue to receive AIPAC funds.

I don't pretend to know how hard it is for you to want the power you have so desperately, to be so afraid of losing it, and all the other things that go into your political calculations. My anger at your silence in the face of these horrors is mixed with pity for whatever has made you so afraid to speak up.

All I know is that my purpose on this Earth is to keep reaching out to you, and others who still believe war somehow makes peace, until I breathe my last breath.

So I write to you, again, to ask you to think about the suffering of the Lebanese, and the Palestinians, and the Israelis, and search your conscience, and change your path. What the U.S. government, including you, is doing with these many messes is not making anyone safer. It is fodder for the violent extremists; it is building support and justification for the terrorism inflicted on Americans. It is solving nothing.

Around the world, people are watching in fear and horror as the Middle East sinks further into violence. We are witnessing human rights violations and civilian deaths on a massive scale in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. And now, the conflict has escalated with added violence between the Lebanese Hezbollah and Israel.

All of this comes on top of the chaos in Iraq caused by the unjust and ill-considered U.S. invasion and occupation. Recently, our top commanders in Iraq have spoken of the possibility of the country devolving into civil war, though many not linked to the Bush administration now say it has already begun.

We cannot continue to see war as the solution to the world’s troubles. Bellicose military approaches to problem solving have been exposed as ineffective, costly, and creating more violence and hatred. We a need negotiated response that involves all the parties in the Mideast, even Syria and Iran.

We need to promote diplomatic imperatives to conflict resolution. It is time for American officials to follow the path set by Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and other world leaders who have worked toward peace. Please contact Rep. Kucinich’s office and ask for details of this Concurrent Resolution 450 and sign on as a cosponsor.

Please, please, please stand with Rep. Kucinich by calling upon the President "to appeal to all sides in the current crisis in the Middle East for an immediate cessation of violence and to commit United States diplomats to multi-party negotiations with no preconditions."

Grown frustrated with our government leaders not acting as responsible world citizens, we Americans of all political parties need our elected leaders to stand up and against the insanity foisted upon our nation by the present administration. We need you to recognize alternative solutions being proposed by thoughtful, courageous peace-makers all over the world, solutions that solve rather than create problems. The American people are already rallying together to lead our leaders: please follow our lead. Nothing is more clear.

Please contact Rep. Kucinich’s office and ask for details of this Concurrent Resolution and sign on as a cosponsor. We need the strength of our convictions to seize back the direction of our country, and we need to once again be a nation the world can look upon for moral leadership and guidance.

May whatever God you pray to help you see the Light, soon.

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