Wake UP America *LINK*

Subject: 
Wake UP America *LINK*
Posted By: 
TNT MadDog
Date: 
Sunday, August 07, 2005 09:43 am

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Dear America,

I am longing to reach you-crossing this river of indifference and
consumption and denial. I am trying to find you, reaching out through
the desperate limitations of words and descriptions, swimming through
the rhetoric of terror and God.

I need you to wake up. The house is on fire and you are still
sleeping, lulled by the intoxication of smoke and mirrors. I need you
to wake up and I know that shaking you, scaring you will only make
you cling to your sleep and sleep more.

How then do I tell you what\'s going on? How do I tell you about the
one hundred thousand dead Iraqi people that you and I are responsible
for murdering.[1] Each one of them valued their life, longed for
their morning, cherished their first cup of milk or coffee or tea. In
what way shall I deliver what I learned? The substance identical to
illegal napalm that melted tender five year old skin; the cluster
bombs that have left their murderous and disguised offspring, throngs
of bomblets set to explode, scattered on the Iraqi earth; the
depleted uranium from the Bunker Busters we dropped that now lives in
lungs and livers and soil. [2]

How do I tell you about the strategic planning of such atrocities in
the boardrooms, the backrooms, the back seats of limos, the organized
take over and looting of Iraq right out from under the terrorized,
hungry, thirsty Iraqi people. [3] How do I get you to listen to the
stories of our soldiers who are trying to kill themselves now,
longing to escape the madness of murdering and maiming for no reason?
[4]

Please don\'t go back to sleep. I know how hard it is to hear of the
massive black holes, called prisons we have dug to hold thousands
without charging them, without trials or the torture, the meanness,
the cruelty we are inflicting upon them. [5]

America, those who now control our country have changed and ended
law. I do not believe you are so calloused or selfish that you do not
care. Your sleep is induced. You are distracted and derailed. The
corporations have concocted and perfected these sleeping potions for
years, developing ingredients to make you despise every bit of
yourself, to feel ugly and fat and stupid and poor and not enough.
And so you spend your time and every bit of the money you do not have
buying products that will make you better, skinnier, lighter, whiter,
tighter. And as you consume and consume, the corporations consume
you. They take your money and your time and your voice and your
instincts and your outrage and your sorrow and your anger and your
grief. They consume your courage and leave fear in its place. They
devour your conscience and your memory and your compassion.

And how do I speak when they are sure to tie my tongue? When they
will say I do not love my country or support the troops or honor the
dead or believe in their God? How do I break through your sealed
wrapping, your self-obsession, your TVheadphonedDVDcell pod?

America I am getting desperate and I know this will not get me
published or heard. Those who control the information will say I\'m
extreme, that I\'ve gone mad. But I have heard the cries of children
in the exploding houses of Falluja. (6) I have seen the agonized
faces of the sleepless Iraqi women who still clutch the outline of
their charred dead babies in their arms. I have watched as we as a
nation grow more isolated, despised and alone.

America, there is not much time left. The fire is spreading,
consuming the world. We are the arsonists. We will need each other to
find our way out through the lies and haze. It will take our greatest
imagination, courage and skill to subdue these flames.

Eve Ensler

This letter was written immediately after The World Tribunal on Iraq
in Istanbul where I served with thirteen others from around the world
on a jury chaired by Arundhati Roy. The Tribunal consisted of three
days of hearings investigating various issues related to the war on
Iraq, such as the legality of the war, the role of the United
Nations, war crimes and the role of the media, as well as the
destruction of the cultural sites and the environment. The session in
Istanbul was the culminating session of commissions of inquiry and
hearings held around the world over the past two years.

Footnotes:

[1]. Iraq death toll soared \'post war\'-
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100,000 Iraqis dead (Lancet survey)

[2]. US admits to use of napalm -
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Irregular Weapons Used Against Iraq -
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WHO studies depleted uranium in Iraq -
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[3]. Rumsfeld, Amnesty trade barbs over prisoner abuse -
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[4]. Army probes soldier suicides -
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Military Families Against the war-
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[5]. Rumsfeld, Amnesty trade barbs over prisoner abuse -
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Systematic Use of Psychological Torture by US Forces-
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[6]. This Is Our Guernica-
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