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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Nation Without A Conscience

A Nation Without A Conscience

By Joseph Clifford
OpEdNews.com
September 28, 2014

We are a nation without a conscience, and that friends,
is a frightening thing.

Far more frightening than any terrorist group could
ever be to this nation.

Recently I discussed with a friend, the folly of our
23 year war on Iraq.

I cited the example of the US imposing the most brutal
sanctions in the history of the world on an innocent people.

Nothing was allowed into their country, and as the sanctions
took their deadly toll the rest of the world pleaded with us
to remove them, but to no avail.

Children and the elderly were the hardest hit by the sanctions,
as the sick and the in-firmed always suffer most in cases like
this.

In a 1996 famous interview on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl asked
then Secretary of State Madeline Albright a powerful question.

"We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean,
that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is
the price worth it?"

Without blinking Ms. Albright answered, "Yes we think it is
worth it."

I gasped, and was breathless and speechless for a couple of
minutes, when I heard her answer.

What could be worth the lives of 650,000 children, most of
whom were less than 6 years old?

What could ever be worth that?

I was stunned that Ms. Albright could even get the words out, but
was even more shocked when the entire nation barely raised their
eyes at Ms. Albright's comment.

The entire nation, somewhat like Ms. Albright did not blink at
the deaths of 650,000 children.

There was no outrage or real anger among the American public.

I was shocked yet again, and I am still stunned by the indifference
of the US public, to the policy of taking 650,000 innocent children's
lives and apparently have no real regret, remorse, or even anger.

There was, and still is, practically no reaction to the mass killing
of 650,000 children.

What kind of a nation kills 650,000 completely innocent children
and does not blink?

When I brought up the case of the sanctions and the deaths of
650,000 children, my friend just looked at me; no shock, no horror,
nor remorse, or anger.

Nothing.

My friend showed the same indifference as did the US public,
towards a government policy which took the lives of 650,000
innocent children.

To illustrate the folly of US policy towards Iraq, I pursued the next
argument, by pointing out that this nation killed over 1.5 million
Iraqis, and I dared or challenged that friend to tell me what they
were killed for?

There is no logical reason, for the entire war was based on
lies and distorted evidence.

It was a war of choice.

There were no WMD in Iraq.

It was all for naught.

The deaths of 1.5 million were for nothing.

I pressed this point to my friend and just got a blank stare.

No shock at the 1.5 million, no shame, nothing.

This nation did not care about the 650,000 innocent dead children,
so why would they get upset about 1.5 million Iraqi deaths?

We were not angry because individuals lied us into a war that
caused the deaths of 1.5 million people.

We just do not care; we have no conscience.

We have never admitted wrongdoing, and no one has ever been
held accountable for the 650,000 dead children and 1.5 million
dead Iraqis who died for no reason.

As a people and a nation we have no conscience, and a nation
without a conscience is to be feared by all.



Joe Clifford lives in Rhode island and has written a regular column
for an online newspaper and has contributed many articles to
various RI newspapers.

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