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An Open letter to the People of America

Is America better off after Invading Iraq?

Dear People of America:
More than a year has passed since your criminal government launched an immoral and illegal war on Iraq based on nothing but lies, yet you are not understanding the true scope of your ongoing occupation of a nation rife with civil, ethnic, and tribal conflict. Iraq is a nation which refuses to succumb to occupation and foreign domination and will continue to resist with all its might, for as long as it takes, to liberate itself. 

Was invading Iraq worth it? Has America gained anything good from that invasion? 

More than 1000 Americans have died in Iraq; roughly 10,000 soldiers have been wounded. American taxpayers are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to murder Iraqis on their own soil. Were these sacrifices worth it? To answer those questions, you have to look at the justifications given for your government's invasion of Iraq. 

One justification was that Saddam Hussein ignored United Nations Security Council resolutions. This was a completely false claim as Saddam Hussein was cooperating fully with the United Nations. In fact, he invited the UN to come and search at will in Iraq and held that invitation open all the way up to the day of the illegal invasion of his country, but even if it had been true, it was none of America's concern. The United Nations did NOT ask for an invasion of Iraq and was not complaining about Saddam's cooperation with UN Resolutions because he was cooperating fully, but even if the UN had asked for such a thing, America should never act on behalf of the UN, enforce illegitimate edicts or pre-emotively strike any nation. It was totally amoral and self-serving for America to suddenly cite Iraq's alleged lack of cooperation with the UN as justification for war. Thousands of your boys and girls are maimed or dead because of this pretext and yet you turned a blind eye and re-elected the same criminals back into the Whitehouse for four more years. 

Another justification for invading Iraq was that Saddam Hussein posed a threat to the United States. This was a bald faced lie. Saddam Hussein had only a small army, and virtually no navy or air force. He had no long-range weapons and no ability to strike the US 6,000 miles away. He was not working with bin Laden or al-Qaeda. The liberation of Iraq from his clutches was given as a new pretext only after the American public had absorbed overwhelming evidence that he posed no threat to America whatsoever, yet again you chose to believe a lie, turned a blind eye and re-elected Bush and his cabal back into office for another four years.
The Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) concluded that “not only have U.S. taxpayers paid a very high price for the war,” they have also become ”less secure at home and in the world.” Citing a number of recent studies, the report, 'Paying the Price: The Mounting Costs of the Iraq War,' also notes that the 151.1 billion dollars that will have been spent through this fiscal year could have paid for comprehensive health care for 82 million U.S. children or the salaries of nearly three million elementary school teachers. According to one study cited in the 54-page report, the war and occupation will cost the average U.S. household at least 3,415 dollars through the end of this year. If spent on international programs, the same sum could have cut world hunger in half and covered HIV/AIDS medicine, childhood immunization, and clean water and sanitation needs of all developing countries for more than two years“.1

The cost of war is staggering but is America better off as a result of its war in Iraq? The young men and women who were maimed or killed are not better off. Their families are not better off. Taxpayers are no better off and whether Americans are safer from terrorism at home is an open question, as even your own intelligence forces cautioned that the invasion and occupation of Muslim Iraq could breed resentment among sympathetic Muslims and serve as a recruiting tool for al-Qaeda. There is much wisdom in the words of Lew Rockwell who stated, “It is not caving in to the bees to stop poking a stick into their hive.” Surely you can all see that Americans are hated in Iraq, and throughout all of the Arabian Peninsula, not because of their ‘freedom‘ but because of their anti-Arab anti-Islamic and unconditionally pro-‘Israeli’ policies.
As a result of its invasion of Iraq America has become internationally hated and totally isolated. The National Debt is skyrocketing daily so that it will take generations of Americans to pay the price for Bush's illegal war on Iraq, there are few jobs and the economy is only good for Halliburton, big business and those who are super rich while the working poor and impoverished are left bereft of critically needed social services and health insurance. The Civil Rights Act has been all but abolished, civil liberties have been undermined and freedom of speech has been dramatically curtailed yet Americans blindly re-elected the redneck from Texas to another four years in the Whitehouse ! No wonder the world thinks Americans are stupid beyond belief !

Why are you bent on destroying yourselves. Why should young Americans be maimed or killed to liberate foreign nations? If Americans sacrificed 1000 lives to ‘liberate’ Iraq, should they sacrifice ten million American lives to ‘liberate’ the people of North Korea, Taiwan, Tibet, China, Russia, Europe, Cuba, and other nations? Should America invade every country that has a government which it dislikes? Should America continue to destroy the Arab world just to fulfill America's desire to control oil supplies in the Middle East and to protect Israel so that “Israel” can continue to terrorize the Palestinians and grab Palestinian land illegally? Should illegal invasions and Imperial empire be part of America's national philosophy? Those Americans who answer yes to those questions should know that the founders of America urged the opposite approach, namely a foreign policy rooted in staying out of the affairs of other nations. 

There is no doubt that America is not better off for invading Iraq. If America continues on its present course it will destroy itself and humanity alongside it. As an Arab, a Muslim and a citizen of the world I do not want to see Arabs massacred by Americans and more American lives wasted in an un-winnable war. I therefore urge the American People to reject U.S. foreign policies which are both self destructive and creating global instability. I offer you friendly advice and emphasize that it is very important for the American People to stop turning a blind eye to the crimes committed by their government and to bring Bush and his thugs to account. I further advise you to stop your Congress and Senate from continuing their support of Zionist “Israel” and to start paying attention to the needs of the Americans instead of the “Israelis”. That is the only way that America will dig itself out of the ditch it is in. Your children and their future are worth your taking these actions. If you really want to secure America from the revenge of Arab world you must tell Bush to stop befriending “Israel” and bring back the troops from the Arab lands immediately. Once you do that you will be amazed at how quickly there will be nothing to fear from the Arab and Muslim world.

I believe that the American People are better than the criminals that run their Congress, Senate and Whitehouse and have confidence that common sense will prevail over imperial hubris and ignorance. It is in the best interests of America for the American People to reclaim their Constitution and civil rights and to adhere to the Geneva Conventions and embrace International law. 

O’ People of America take back your government. Take the power away from the Zionists, Halliburton, and other big interests, and put it back into the hands of the People - all of the People. It is necessary to reject an Administration built on lies and illegal policies which violate not only the U.S. constitution, but violate the dignity of Americans and the people of the world. That would be a great way to demonstrate that democracy is still alive in America. The whole world will love you for doing that.
Very truly yours,
Safiyyah al-Khayr

1. /iraq/attack/consequences/2004/06costsofwar.pdf

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