Bush policy on Iraq
few years ago, the film "Saving Private Ryan" won both the hearts and
many awards from American citizens. World War II was a moral crusade
to defeat Nazi Germany and other antidemocratic forces. The impetus
for that war was the unlawful invasion of other sovereign states on
which the invaders wanted to impose a change in regime.
we come to the 21st century, where President Bush has decided he
wishes to impose a regime change in Iraq, either through the
assassination of Saddam Hussein or through invasion, thus placing
thousands of Private Ryan’s at risk. One has to ask by what right does
Bush assume he gets to say who rules Iraq or which leader should live
or die? And how would Americans be expected to react if some nation's
leader were to say he wanted to take out an American president?
unfortunate fact is that actions such as Bush is proposing have been
the secret face of American policy for years and in many countries,
but it has been kept secret from the American public. The Philippines,
Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia, Haiti, Congo, Dominican Republic,
Chile, Panama, Grenada and a host of others were all subject to
"regime change, American style," and with massive losses of life. The
rationale for attacking Iraq is the assumption that they possess
"weapons of mass destruction." (And what does one call cluster bombs
and anti-personnel mines? "Weapons of individual destruction?") Yet,
no such threats were made to either Pakistan or India as each
threatened to use their arsenal of nuclear weapons.
American public's conscience must be roused if we are to save the next
Private Ryan from becoming a casualty of imperial political vanity.
Lawrence W. Young, Jr.
Born and educated in Ohio,
Mr. Young attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and earned a
Bachelors and Masters Degree there. He has taught in public
schools and on the university level and served as an administrator at
Miami and Penn State University with over 20 years of experience in
higher education. He is currently the director of the Paul
Robeson Cultural Center at Penn State and teaches in the African
American Studies Department.
Mr. Young is a member of
the National Council for Black Studies, American College Personnel
Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators,
Association of Black Cultural Centers and has presented papers at the
national conferences for each of those organizations. He has had
articles published in a wide variety of periodicals and has served as
the U.S. correspondent for Afromart Magazine published in London.
He has had chapters published in the Handbook of Minority Student
Services, and Cultural Pluralism on Campus. He has lectured at
high schools, colleges and to professional organizations on cultural
pluralism, human dignity, African American culture and other issues
relative to the Black community and conditions and America.. Mr.
Young may be contacted at the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Penn State
University; University Park, PA. 16802.