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Michael Moore On Wesley Clark

Here is what Michael Moore wrote about NATO's Kosovo campaign -- led by Wesley Clark -- in 1999.

"Every night, Clinton isn't just bombing Yugoslavia, he's bombing you."
"Dear friends,
As we file our taxes today (procrastinators, all of us), and we sign our names on the bottom line of our 1040 tax forms, perhaps we should ask ourselves if what we are doing is signing a death warrant for people we don't even know. Because each night, for the past three weeks, millions of dollars of bombs and missiles -- that you and I paid for -- are being used to kill people in the former Yugoslavia. That makes you and I culpable in their execution.

Did you personally know any of the people who were killed in the village of Pristina (capitol of Kosovo) last week? Had they ever done anything to harm you? How about the children who were blown to bits in the building in Prizren? Had they ever threatened you in any way to cause you to have to kill them in self-defense? Perhaps you had met the people who were incinerated by us on the train to Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Can you tell me why you would want to take their lives?

I'm sorry to personalize it in this way, but this slaughter is being conducted in your name and mine, and I'll tell you, this is blood I don't want on my hands. We will all have to answer for this some day, and I would like to be able to say that I did not sit by silently while this was being done, and that I did whatever I could to stop it as soon as possible....

"....Now, it is time for all of us to stop Clinton and his disgusting, hypocritical fellow democrats who support him in this war. It is amazing to watch all these "liberal" congress members line up behind the President. In a way, I'm glad it's happening, if only to show the American people there is little difference between the Democrats and the usually war-loving Republicans. Aren't you getting a kick watching the Pat Buchanans and the Henry Hydes sounding like pacifists! These politicians can change stripes at the drop of a hat (or bomb) because, ultimately, they are the same animal, participants in a one-party system that tries to fool the people by going by two names ("Democrat" and "Republican").

Please call or write your member of Congress, send a letter to the editor, let the Democrats know we have had it with the whole lot of them. This is OUR country, not theirs and the corporate interests they really represent. It's time to start taking it back.

Each cruise missile that is launched could have built a dozen schools or hired another hundred teachers or provided health care to a thousand people. Those millions of dollars could have been spent saving lives and educating children. Every night, Clinton isn't just bombing Yugoslavia, he's bombing you.

Yours, Michael Moore
check out this article 24.Jan.2004 15:05

Uncle Sam

This is from the Annenberg Public Policy Institute.

 http://www.factcheck.org/article.aspx?docID=131

Compromise 24.Jan.2004 17:19

Gary Sudborough IconoclastGS@aol.com

So does Michael Moore think that the relentless bombing of Yugoslavia for nearly three months, including the use of cluster bombs and depleted uranium, was totally Clinton's fault? Or is there some responsibility here for the commander of the air campaign, General Wesley Clark? The United States refused to accept the excuse of Nazi officers that they were only following orders. One can always follow the moral course and refuse to obey immoral orders, even if it costs one dearly. I, for one, refuse to compromise and vote for a war criminal to attain the objective of getting George W. Bush out of office, even though I hate Bush's fascist policies. I greatly repect the work of Michael Moore, but I think this willingness to compromise to get Bush defeated may effect his stature with progressives and that is a shame.