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Retire Senator-for-War John Kerry from politics (english)
29 Oct 2002
John Kerry, in supporting Bush's War Powers Authorization Act, has betrayed the clear opposition of the American people to a unilateral attack on Iraq. He is not worthy of representing the people of Massachusetts, and should be voted out of office.
This open letter to John Kerry is in response to two e-mails I received today from his office.

Subject: Re: Iraq, and putting an end to U.S. empire
From: George Salzman
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 16:57:27 -0600
To: John Kerry ,
Amy Hendrickson ,
Pat O'Brien ,
PF Soto ,
Boston Indymedia Center

Oaxaca, Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Dear Mr. Kerry,
I have your two e-mails of this morning, namely:

Subject: Re: Iraq, and putting an end to U.S. empire
From: John_Kerry (at) (John Kerry)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 09:59:28 -0500
To: George.salzman (at)
*** Please note -- This is the first of two emails regarding Iraq that you should receive from my office. Because my attached Senate floor statement is too long to send in one email, I am sending my response in two parts. I apologize for any inconvenience.***
In the last months, our country has been engaged in a debate over
how to respond to the threat posed by Iraq. Thank you for contacting
me to express your views on this extremely important topic.

The Senate voted on October 11 on a resolution to hold Saddam
Hussein accountable for his repeated violations of his agreement with . . .
Subject: Re: Iraq, and putting an end to U.S. empire
From: John_Kerry (at) (John Kerry)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 09:59:29 -0500
To: george.salzman (at)

*** This email contains the second half of my Senate floor statement
on Iraq. You should have recieved another email containing a brief
letter from me and the first half of my statement.***
Senator Kerry's statement (edited) on Iraq
United States Senate, October 9, 2002
-- continued --

. . . In the wake of September 11, who among us can discount the
possibility that those weapons might be used against our troops or our . . .

In your note you write, "Thank you for contacting me to express your views on this extremely important topic [Iraq]." That false politeness doesn't disguise the facts that 1) you do not know what I wrote, 2) you never read it, and 3) the boilerplate that prefaces your attached edited speech to the senate does not respond to me.

The fifth paragraph of your boilerplate note says, "It is never an easy question when you are voting on a resolution which affects whether our country goes to war. My experience over the last thirty six years, in the Navy and in the United States Senate, has seared into me the truth that the decision to send our young men and women into war must never be taken without first listening to the American people, considering all the possibilities, and exhausting all other alternatives."

My experience of the last fifty eight years, in the U.S. Army (W.W. II) and in the University of Massachusetts at Boston (which I joined in 1965), has seared into me the truth that the absolute top priority of politicians, with practically no exceptions, is to retain public office, that they listen carefully to the big money that can buy votes, and care not at all what ordinary people think or want, or whether ordinary people starve or are sick or homeless or killed in body as well as in spirit. You, and most of the rest of the shameful federal legislature, are married to big money and personal political ambition, in your case with presidential aspirations.

You voted to authorize the ruling clique to attack Iraq unilaterally at the so-called "discretion" of Bush Jr. despite clear indications of polls in late September (as referred to in my article) that the American people were overwhelmingly opposed to that possibility. To whom were you listening, or were you simply contemptuous of the truth you claim had been "seared into" you "that the decision to send our young men and women into war must never be taken without first listening to the American people"?

I could go through your text paragraph by paragraph and tear the false fabric to shreds, but perhaps it's enough to highlight the single lie above. Clearly you do not represent the ordinary people of Massachusetts, probably not even the opulent inhabitants of the Louisburg Square enclave of Boston's Beacon Hill.

In the event that your busy staff has lost my communication, for which you expressed pseudo-thanks, and in the remote possibility that you might wish to actually read it, you can find it at: , where I will also post this open letter.

I urge all Massachusetts voters to reject the race to Armageddon by voting against you in your senatorial bid and retiring you from politics.

And I urge you to abandon the alleged sources of your decision to support Bush (paragraph two of the boilerplate preface), namely the people involved in those claimed ". . . lengthy deliberations with [your] staff and colleagues, discussions with experts including former Secretaries of State, National Security Advisers, and former members of the Joint Chiefs, and visits and conversations with our soldiers, military personnel, and constituents, and meeting with the Security Council of the United Nations and international leaders." Listen instead to ordinary people. Try to aspire to the stature of Randall Caroline Forsberg. Above all, give up lying.

Sincerely yours,
George Salzman
george.salzman (at)

Current home address (dirección actual)
Callejón del Carmen 108-B
Col. Figueroa C.P.68070
Oaxaca, Oax. Mexico
tel (from U.S. 011-52)-951-514-8242

Home address in U.S. (dirección cuando esté en E.U.A.)
12-14 Laurel Street
Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
tel (from Mexico 001)-617-547-5033

Physics Department (generally inactive/dirección inactiva generalmente)
Univ of Massachusetts
Boston, MA 02125
tel 617-287-6067
fax 617-287-6053 (at dept)

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