The impasse between the Democrats and Bush over the Iraq War is frustrating. Little progress on ending the war has been made. In fact we are being primed to accept a long term presence in Iraq. Even the specter of war with Iran has been raised. Is there a way out of the Iraq quagmire? I came upon an excerpt from Thoreau’s essay “On Civil Disobedience” which has some relevance to the Iraq War.
“Paying taxes is one way in which otherwise well-meaning people collaborate in injustice. People who proclaim that the war in Mexico is wrong and that it is wrong to enforce slavery contradict themselves if they fund both things by paying taxes. The same people who applaud soldiers for refusing to fight an unjust war are not themselves willing to refuse to fund the government that started the war.”
The action he proposed is more extreme than I would advocate. As far as Iraq is concerned I would take his words and modify them as follows:
Our representatives in Congress who proclaim that the war in Iraq is wrong and must be brought to an end, must resolve that if the Administration refuses to heed the will of the people , they have no other alternative but to stop funding the war.