City of Roses
Well, you see, now you must understand the frustration I felt in the weeks leading up to the war in Iraq.
I was one among 61% of Americans who believed then at least more time for inspections and diplomatic strategies should be done, but the administration was stubborn and insisted to just go.
You say millions of children are dying because we're not using DDT, there's no what ifs about it, and at the same time, there are tens of thousands dying in Iraq, and even when its original reasons and claims for going have been proven false, many continue to find new excuses and what ifs for the death and destruction down there.
And all because the administration didn't want to talk this out thoughtfully and responsibly, they didn't want to fulfill the wishes of the majority of Americans who wanted to ask more questions and demand more responses, and instead them and the media allowed the suppression of anti-war voices in the weeks leading up to March.
Why would I compare a war to the malaria woe in the world? Because I fear impatience and irresponsibility. It was impatience and irresponsibility that got us stuck in this senseless, immoral war in Iraq, and I fear if we don't consider and look at the possible long-term consequences before lifting the ban on DDT and using it again, years from now its possible unprecedented things will happen for the worse, for the health of humans, animals and our ecosystems, that we may later deeply regret.
Again, it's only a possibility. But this is a gamble nevertheless, and I just want to see to it we acknowledge the uncertainties, as well as continue to research the lesser-toxic alternative insecticides and make them more cost-efficient. That's the least I think I can ask for before making this bold move.
Is it too much to ask just to discuss and dispute the issues here? Is it too much to ask to ask questions and get responses, which the whole democratic process is all about?
I agree as soon as possible we must get this issue out to our local congressmen, the Congress, and all across the country so the people can decide together what's right.
"You'll find something that's enough to keep you
But if the bright lights don't receive you
You should turn yourself around and come back home" MB20