Senator Byrd speaks out (again)

February 18th, 2003 – 9:21 pm
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“To contemplate war is to think about the most horrible of human experiences. On this February day, as this nation stands at the brink of battle, every American on some level must be contemplating the horrors of war.

Yet, this Chamber is, for the most part, silent – ominously, dreadfully silent. There is no debate, no discussion, no attempt to lay out for the nation the pros and cons of this particular war. There is nothing.

We stand passively mute in the United States Senate, paralyzed by our own uncertainty, seemingly stunned by the sheer turmoil of events. Only on the editorial pages of our newspapers is there much substantive discussion of the prudence or imprudence of engaging in this particular war.”

Last week Senator Robert Byrd made a stirring speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, taking his colleagues to task for avoiding any debate on the upcoming war against Iraq. It was a speech that was, at best, poorly reported by the mainstream media, which seems determined to give as little coverage as possible to those who are against the war.

Read the Senator’s whole speech here.

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