Thursday, December 28, 2006
It's taken me almost two months to write again. What's inspired me is a subject I've written about often in the past: the Iraq War, and how it's been responsible for the senseless death of tens of thousands of Americans and Iraqis. Unfortunately, as many of you know, I know a lot about senseless death. And nothing ignites my passion more these days than seeing so many young men and women dying for an unjust cause. It's time for the carnage to stop. It's time that President Bush puts an end to this violent, out-of-control debacle. The worst military blunder in the history of our great nation.
Almost 3000 U.S. soldiers have been killed since the war began in March 2003, just about the same amount of people who died in the very tragedy--the 9/11 attacks--that was, at least in part, the rationale for going to war in the first place. But as we all now painfully know, with tragic consequences, there was no connection between Saddam and Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, and the mushroom-cloud inducing WMD never existed. In short, this war was and is a fraud, perpetrated by a bunch of selfish, ego-maniacal, fear-mongering liars. But while their sons and daughters rest safely at home in the States, it is other people's children who keep dying a senseless death.
The Iraq war, unless ended as soon as possible with our troops coming home, is well on its way to becoming another Vietnam. But instead of withdrawing our troops, Bush wants to send more. And to keep fueling this military fiasco there's even talk of reinstating the draft in order to meet the many challenges our armed services now face throughout the world.
Winning the House and Senate was monumental for Democrats. But they must now do what's right, and somehow force the president's hand and help bring our troops home before America experiences even more senseless death.
On a related subject, we have created a non-profit organization, The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, dedicated in my wife's honor to help carry out her spirit and passion, with the goal of providing film school scholarships and grants to women filmmakers. Please visit our website to learn more about our mission and to make a donation. Every little contribution helps preserve Adrienne's legacy, and to help create something positive out of this horrible tragedy. Thank you.