Just War and Iraq

September 6, 2002

William M. (Bill) Thomas
U.S. House of Representatives
2208 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515-0521
202 225 8798 fax
RE: Invasion of Iraq

Dear Representative Thomas:

I cannot imagine that the United States–unprovoked–may attack Iraq. While few support the regime of Saddam Hussein, no one in their right mind believes this gives us, or any nation, the right to invade Iraq.

A just war can only be waged in self defense against actual–not perceived or imagined–threats. Iraq has not attacked the United States and there’s scant evidence that they intend to.

An unprovoked attack on Iraq would be un-American, and a disgrace to fallen American soldiers who gave their lives fighting the Axis powers after an unprovoked attack December 7th, 1941.

Members of Congress will be held morally, legally, and politically accountable for any invasion of Iraq that is not in response to a direct attack on the United States or our allies. Likewise, history will judge us harshly if we allow ourselves to be fooled by artifice or by any CIA-instigated ruse such as the Nazis used to invade Poland in 1939.

Many have said “it can’t happen here.” It can. It happened in the Gulf of Tonkin. Let’s make sure it doesn’t happen again.

Sincerely,

Paul Gipe