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News :: Politics
Nader Letter To Kerry's "Skull & Bones Left" Supporters
20 Oct 2004
Anti-war prez candidate Ralph Nader recently wrote an open letter to some of Kerry's self-styled "left" middle-class supporters.
Open Letter to Former Nader Supporters from the "Nader 2000 Citizens Committee"
The Nader 2000 Citizens Committee is urging "support for Kerry/Edwards in all swing states, even while [they] strongly disagree with Kerry's policies on Iraq and other issues".
Dear Former Nader Supporters:

You and I have stood together in the past, as part of the Citizens Committee for Nader/LaDuke 2000, and you have now chosen to publicly stand with John Kerry in the contested states without even urging voters to support the Nader/Camejo campaign in the 30-odd â??safe states.â??

However, now that it is clear where Kerry openly intends to lead us in Iraq, you have the opportunity to reconsider whether you wish to remain at his side.

Before the first debate, it might have been reasonable to believe that Kerry would leave himself enough room to get America out of this illegal war founded on false pretenses. There might even have been some justification for believing people such as yourself could exert definitive pressure on Kerry after the election. Such illusions can no longer be sustained.

Consider his words. While the New York Times reporters in Baghdad write that the Shiite resistance in Sadr City is â??less a discreet military organization than a populist movement that includes everyone from doctors to policeman to tribal sheiks,â?? John Kerry describes all those who resist our will as â??terrorists.â?? (New York Times, 10/4/04). While the cities controlled by the resistance have faced regular attacks by US forces and helicopter gunships, Kerry expressed concern at Bushâ??s restraint. â??What I want to do is change the dynamics on the ground,â?? Kerry said. He criticized Bush for pulling back from the assault on Falluja in the face of wide-spread civilian deaths, saying that as president he would â??not back off of Falluja and other places (i.e. cities) and send the wrong messages to terrorists.â?? His plan for Iraq requires â??more troops.â?? William Safire crowed about the arrival of the â??newest neo-conservative,â?? one â??more hawkish than President Bush.â?? (New York Times, 10/4/04).

In the next four years, our politics will be dominated by the struggle to end this war. America will be divided as we have not been since the height of the Vietnam War, 35 years ago. I know which side you will be on next year. Which side are you on now?

How can you hope to be a public voice against this war if you stand by your endorsement of Kerry, a man who has promised a more aggressive war against those Iraqis who are joined only by the desire to get their country back? Do you have any political breaking point? The loss of nerve on this and many other positions and practices is _not _a wonderful thing to behold.

Sincerely,

Ralph Nader

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