the early part of the last decade when we were beating the war drums to go to war against Iraq and it was all a façade; therewas no danger from Iraq. So this is what we are doing, beatingthe war drums once again. Now since the bill has come back
from the conference if we’re going to deal with
civil liberties inSyria well I happen to be a civil libertarian I am very concernedabout civil liberties. But let me tell you this bill is not going to doanything to enhance the civil liberties of the individuals in Syria.
Now if we were really interested in civil liberties why wouldn’
twe look to ourselves?
Why wouldn’t we look to the things we do
here. What about our warrantless searches under the Patriot Act? What about the policy of assassination and assassinating American citizens? What about arrests by the military theNational Defense Authorization Act. What about the dronewarfare that we go on do you we are protecting civil liberties byarbitrarily dropping drones anyplace in the world with innocentpeople dying? If we want to really care about civil liberties inSyria? What do we care about the civil liberties? What aboutthe secret prisons we have and the history of torture in thiscountry. What about the fact that kill lists are being made by theexecutive branch of government and we sit idly by and approveof it by saying nothing and the American people put up with itand we march in this direction marching into a determination tohave another war. When you put on sanctions on a country
an act of war and that’s what this is all about. Th
e first thing youdo when war breaks out between two countries is you putsanctions on the country, you blockade the country. So this isan act of war. What would we do if somebody blockaded us andput sanctions on us and prevented the importation of anyproduct in this country?
we’d declare war we’d
go to war so we are the antagonists. We are over there poking
our nose, poking our nose in other people’s affairs just looking
for the chance to start another war. First
Syria, than Iran wehave too many wars we need to stop these wars
we don’t have
the money to fight these wars any longer. I am still rather