Lord have mercy of America!
By Father Labib Kobti
June 28, 2003

"It is sort of fascinating that you can have 100 percent certainty about weapons of mass destruction and zero certainty of about where they are," Blix said at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York" Read the full article by Reuters at: http://ad.doubleclick.net/648510/reuterspopunder.htm

"Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies." Friedrich Wilhelm Neitzsche
"Clever liars give details, but the cleverest don't." Anonymous

"Truth is the fastest lei" Yiddish proverb

As a simple Iraqi father or mother, as well as an American father or mother, my question to the US administration is: Why did you kill my son or daughter, Iraqi or American, just for an unverified "truth" called Weapons of Mass Destruction?

As a simple Iraqi or American who hears the news every day, I would ask: Why did we fight a war that resulted in the massacre of thousands and thousands of innocent people, destruction of thousands of houses and infrastructure, just for a very long time questioned "truth" called WMD?

I would have other question as well: Why was it was so urgent to stop the international inspectors of the UN and declare a war that resulted in so much destruction and devastation and which ended with the occupation of a full nation? And how we can pretend today that to find the WMD time is needed when we denied to give time to the UN inspectors who were doing their job and who were just asking for "this needed time" to discover all the "truth"?

As a religious leader, from the Pope, to the Imams, to the Rabbis, and to the simple religious person on earth, the question remains: Was the killing of so many innocents people and that devastation worth the lie of a so-called WMD?

As a secular person who voted, screamed, walked the streets, and demonstrated here and there in the world with many others people of faith or not, the question is: What did we accomplish by killing so many people in the name of a lie?

The Iraqis did get any water, electricity, food, any medicine or and resemblance of a better life in the months after war and occupation to their country. Meanwhile, the British and US armies have the best food, pure water, electricity, medicine and hospitals on their fleets.

When I read my local newspaper, I saw the Iraqi children sleeping beside the American tanks. That photo was published in many newspapers. I asked myself: This is the freedom that the Iraqi people was waiting for from the American people? As an American, myself, I feel very unhappy of what we brought to the Iraqi children, who suffer years of sanctions. Do children who lost their homes because of our bombs and sleeping on the floor next to American tanks truly make the American people proud of this "liberation" war?

Pope John Paul II called the war for the alleged WMD and the theory of preventive war is a "war of aggression." It is a "crime against peace." It is a "crime against humanity." (February 23 and 25 2003, see it on: http://www.Al-bushra.org/hedchrch/update2003.html

The Good Lord will never bless these crimes.
Are Americans truly proud as a people who committed a crime against humanity?
Are we proud of the many innocent people that we killed in order to free them, in their own land?
Do the innocent victims of 9/11 in New York bless us or curse us?
Are we satisfied with the state of the world after 9/11?
Are we satisfied with our role in the world after 9/11?
Are we happy that many of our people in the army or not are killed here and there in the world? Who sends his children to be killed thousand of miles away of his home country? And for what? And why?
Are we happy that we became a hated people in many parts of the world?
Is it fair that many of our people, when they leave the USA, they buy pins of Canadian flags to conceal what they really are?

As a believer in Heaven and of the justice of the Lord who will award me on earth and then in heaven, I feel that we have committed so many crimes that the good Lord will stop blessing us.
Thomas Jefferson has said: "Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just."

In my prayers, in my pride as an American, instead of saying: "Lord bless America", I feel that instead I should be saying and repeating "Lord have mercy on America, Lord have mercy on me as an American."

May you, Lord, come back and help us to see how we can rebuild trust on ourselves, and the world to believe in us as people who have history of freedom, justice, democracy, volunteering and sacrifice for the human rights.