Saturday, February 26, 2005

Our Tax Dollars at Work

Academia went into melt-down mode during the run-up to Operation Iraqi Freedom. Historians, mobilizing in their particular fashion, got together and formed a group called Historians Against the War and produced the following founding statement:
At a meeting on the evening of Friday, January 3, 2003, at the 117th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, historians from more than forty colleges and universities agreed to form a new national network, "Historians Against the War." A committee was appointed to draft the following statement:

We historians call for a halt to the march towards war against Iraq. We are deeply concerned about the needless destruction of human life, the undermining of constitutional government in the U.S., the egregious curtailment of civil liberties and human rights at home and abroad, and the obstruction of world peace for the indefinite future.

Any historian can endorse and circulate this statement. Signatures should be mailed to Van Gosse, Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College, PO Box 3003, Lancaster PA 17604, or emailed to van.gosse@fandm.edu.

As of April 28, 2003, 2209 people had signed this statement.
Then in September, 2003, they updated their condemnation:
Historians Against the War
Statement on the U.S. Occupation of Iraq
(September 21, 2003)

As historians, teachers, and scholars, we oppose the expansion of United States empire and the doctrine of pre-emptive war that have led to the occupation of Iraq. We deplore the secrecy, deception, and distortion of history involved in the administration's conduct of a war that violates international law, intensifies attacks on civil liberties, and reaches toward domination of the Middle East and its resources. Believing that both the Iraqi people and the American people have the right to determine their own political and economic futures (with appropriate outside assistance), we call for the restoration of cherished freedoms in the United States and for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

As of January 20, 2005, 1554 people had signed this statement and become members of HAW.
Oh, and now look at what those EVIL YANKEE IMPERIALISTS have done!

Successful elections in Iraq. Over 8 million defiant Purple Fingers! How awful!

The Syrians are talking of leaving Lebanon. Those brutes!

Mubarak has had a sudden change of heart and now thinks that other parties being allowed to compete might not be such a bad idea after all. Steeenking Yankees!

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