Use Your Words
By Rebecca Gordon
Aug 31, 2013

The New York Times reports that John Kerry has finally explained why the United States wants to lob Cruise missiles at Syria:

“This matters also beyond the limits of Syria’s borders,” Mr. Kerry said. “It is about whether Iran, which itself has been a victim of chemical weapons attacks, will now feel emboldened in the absence of action to obtain nuclear weapons.”

Now we understand. The United States will kill people in Syria as a message to Iran not to get nuclear weapons which they might someday use to kill other people. As my father the playwright used to say, "If you want to send a message, send a telegram." Use your words, Mr. Kerry.

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Rebecca Gordon is a member of the War Times/Tiempo de Guerras organizing committee. She has been a political activist for more years than she cares to remember, working on issues of feminism, war and peace, economic and racial justice, and specifically torture in the post-9/11 United States. Rebecca's new book, Mainstreaming Torture comes out in May 2014 from Oxford University Press. She's also the author of Letters From Nicaragua, a record of six months spent in the war zones during the contra war.

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