Healing needed

Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich (potential next chair of the Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations), Truthdig, November 9:

We need to have hearings on Iraq again. We need to go over again why we went there. We need to review the statements and all the errors that were made, and from that we bring the country together to take a new direction. It’s all fact-based. And then we start to heal our nation. But we cannot heal America if we continue with policies that are based on lies. We’ll never be able to bring closure to this Iraq matter unless we tell the truth about what happened. So America needs a new approach of truth and reconciliation. This isn’t a Democratic or Republican matter. This is a matter that relates to the conscience of this country. This is a matter of the heart—the heart of democracy itself. This is a matter of whether we’re going to a sober reflection about the events that have transpired since 9/11, with respect to Iraq. And until we do this, we will be trapped not only physically in Iraq, we’ll be trapped emotionally and spiritually in Iraq. We may never get out of Iraq if we don’t tell the truth.

This approach has been rightly welcomed, even though some are still calling for more troops in Iraq and worrying about Bush’s “legacy.” It isn’t clear already?

What will it take for the Murdoch press to dismiss the rantings of “intellectuals” who led us into the war in the first place? Maybe more Iraqis need to be murdered, or many more Americans maimed.

The dutiful little Murdoch editors won’t have long to wait.

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