Bush's Iraq war 'unlawful and immoral' (letter)by Steve McAuleyNews Weekly
, November 20, 2004
Your suggestion that Mr Bush's moral stance on issues such as abortion makes him the preferred US president (News Weekly
, November 6, editorial) reflects a narrow view of what constitutes "moral conduct".
While Bush should be applauded for his policies promoting the value of human life and marriage, it must be recognised that the unlawful and immoral US-led invasion of Iraq has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians. Moreover Bush continues to lie in relation to the reasons for going to war.
As your editorial recognises, there continues to exist a largely ignored underclass of people who have not benefited from America's economic growth and continue to live in poverty. Moreover the situation is worse in countries throughout Asia, Africa and South America where US corporations exploit workers without taking moral responsibility for the plight of those who struggle to stay alive.
Bush's policies continue to be short-term orientated with a marginal focus on long-term environmental sustainability. The refusal to meet America's international obligations indicates an obsessive focus on economic profit. Bush has a moral obligation to ensure some level of inter-generational equality.
Although many of Bush's policies are morally uplifting, the idea that Bush is a living saint is far from realistic.Steve McAuley,