It Is Never Right To Do Wrong
In Order To Get A Chance To Do Right
Bob Jones, Sr.
by James Glaser
The American Government under the direction of George Bush is now willing to "do wrong," (start wars, torture, hold prisoners without trial) in the hope that it will be able to do the right thing later on.
Even though we knew Iraq had nothing to do with the terrorist attack on our country, and even though Iraq had never attacked our country, Washington and our politicians decided we could make an unprovoked attack on that country in hopes that later on the world would be a safer place. It didn't work out that way, and few would say we are safer now, because we chose to attack Iraq.
Nobody thinks that it is right to torture people, but George Bush is willing to have our country commit this wrong, in the hope that information we gather this way will allow us to do the right thing in the future in stopping some act of terrorism. It doesn't seem to matter to Bush that most experts agree that information gathered with torture is unreliable, and that the continued use of torture by the United States takes away our moral standing in the world.
The world knows that our foreign policy and the tactics we use to implement that policy are wrong. They know the ends do not justify the means, and two wrongs do not make a right no matter what part of the globe you live in.
Even though so many in America have failed to figure it out, the world knows that America is not fighting terrorism in Iraq or Afghanistan. The world knows we are fighting the Iraqi and Afghan people who are trying to push our armies out of their countries.
No matter what our motives are, our killing of innocent people, our hostage taking, our bombing of civilian infrastructure, our torture of suspects before any sort of trial, our use of cluster bombs and chemical weapons are all wrongs, and no matter what the outcome of these wars, they will remain wrongs and a real stain on the American character for decades to come.
George Bush and our politicians in Washington continue to do wrong, so that in the end they have the chance to do something right. . . and that is wrong.
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