The man who wrote the letter below is an activist on the Kucinich campaign in St. Louis. He has given permission to reprint his letter.
I wanted to share with you a passage from a piece written by someone
who, until roughly a week ago, I considered a kindred spirit. The
letter, written on 15 April 1999 says in part,
"As we file our taxes today (procrastinators, all of us), and we sign
our names on the bottom line of our 1040 tax forms, perhaps we should
ask ourselves if what we are doing is signing a death warrant for
people we don't even know. Because each night, for the past three
weeks, millions of dollars of bombs and missiles -- that you and I
paid for -- are being used to kill people in the former Yugoslavia.
That makes you and I culpable in their execution."
As you know, <http://www.commondreams.org/kosovo/views/mmoore.htm
were the writer of this piece. So imagine my surprise when I read
your remarks last week about Wesley Clark, the architect of that war.
If you and I are culpable of the execution of thousands of
Yugoslavians, as I believe we are, what of Wesley Clark's
culpability? They were killed on his orders -- civilian targets were
bombed, cities full of Slobodan Milosovic's political opponents were
killed on his command. And, unlike you or me, he was personally
responsible for their deaths.
>Wesley Clark's well documented
record now irrelevant to you?
Wesley Clark should be standing shoulder to shoulder with Milosovic
at the Hague. You believed it in 1999: what has changed? Are we
really so scared of Bush that we should cast aside our morality when
we cast our ballot?
Dennis Kucinich represents everything in which you believe -- at
least he did when you stood alongside Ralph Nader in 2000. The
difference is that he stands as a Democrat. Your endorsement of
Kucinich now would propel him into this race as a serious player
whether the same media that ignored Stupid White Men would
acknowledge it or not.
And you know this. Or at least you should. Yet you choose to lend
your powerful voice to a war criminal you once opposed.
I agreed with your letter back in 1999 when you said,
"Now, it is time for all of us to stop Clinton and his disgusting,
hypocritical fellow democrats who support him in this war. It is
amazing to watch all these 'liberal' congress members line up behind
So did Dennis Kucinich -- in 1999 and today. And, it should be said,
he was the only candidate in this race to do so (he's the only
serious anti-war candidate).
I've admired your bravery and your willingness to speak to power in the
past. It's a shame that out of fear you're turning your back on
those principles now, when the political embodiment of them so
desperately needs your support.
If you pass this on, please give credit to Shawn.