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Free Or Ignorant But Not Both
Annie Higgins


My thanks to my fellow citizen for pointing out an omission in my dispatch, "Do You Regret Being American?" I need to tell you how I answered my questioner.

First let me answer my Blanket reader's question as to how I suggest dealing with a man in charge of a country with nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. An important initial step is to find the weapons, and then to stop funding their production. Currently, a nuclear weapons inspector is serving an eighteen-year sentence in prison in Israel for exposing nuclear weapons productivity in the first nuclear-capable country in the region of Arab/Islamic countries, i.e., in Israel.

Dr Mordechai Vanunu will be appreciated and celebrated on 30th September, and he has been nominated yet again for the Nobel Peace Prize. He worked on step one, finding the weapons. By contrast, such weapons are absent in Iraq.

Israel has also used experimental and damaging chemical weapons in Gaza in the form of an unidentified gas, which has been conveniently ignored by press and public alike. See:

Step two, stop funding the production and use of these weapons. Without overly generous US tax-dollar supported funding, Israel would not be able to develop these lethal weapons, just as Saddam could not until the United States supported his weapons program.

I stick with George Washington who warned US, the United States, not to get embroiled in foreign military ventures. He didn't need a PhD to articulate a practical argument that stands up to logic and economic practice. Professor Paul Krugman says that current policy and expenditures will quickly lead the US to a third world economic level. But third-worlders are often more economically astute than their comfortable counterparts State-side. The Financial Times calls current policy "reckless."

It is more than reckless. It is unconstitutional to spend money and lives on undeclared wars. It is unconstitutional to detain people without charge and to deprive them of an open trial.

My answer to the Egyptian whose question warrants our attention, "Do you regret being American?" was:

My only regret is how the United States of America's constitution is being stepped on and disregarded by those claiming to represent US citizens. This constitution is what defines my identity as an American, and defends the individual American's right to speak and to participate in his government.

I regret the loss of even one comma of this Constitution.

Thomas Jefferson warned us that we could be free or ignorant, not both.








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