MARCH 19, 2003
John Moyers, 202-332-2881, ext. 16
Ellen Miller, 202-332-2881, ext. 10
TomPaine.com Raises Specter of Unintended Consequences
- March 19 - In the tradition of patriotic dissent, the Internet
reprises a provocative opinion advertisement on the op-ed page
of The New York Times today.
The Op Ad mimics
the famous "I Want YOU" recruiting poster of World War I, replacing
Uncle Sam with Osama bin Laden saying, "I Want YOU To Invade Iraq."
The ad reads as follows:
Saddam will quickly fall, but that won't make the world safer
or more secure. Your bombs will send me a new generation of recruits
and fuel their hatred and desire for revenge. So go ahead. Squander
your wealth on war and occupation -- America will be weaker for
it. Divide your people, divide the world, isolate yourselves!
Perfect! I thrive on chaos. I need an enemy. You give me both."
In an accompanying
editor's note on the Web site http://www.TomPaine.com
John Moyers explained: "With troops moving in the field, it was
a difficult decision to reprise this ad. But it represents principled
dissent firmly grounded in responsible, credible opinion from
across the ideological spectrum. It bears repeating."
The Op Ad originally
appeared on September 25, 2002, and framed what was then the emerging
debate about the unintended consequences of unilateral U.S. action
against Iraq. The Op Ad reverberated around the world. Citizens
paid to run the ad in their hometown newspapers. Thousands of
copies of the Op Ad have been replicated for anti-war demonstrations.
It was read into the Congressional Record and shown on CNN, Fox
and MSNBC. Der Spiegel and many European newspapers posted it
on their Web sites.
To view the
ad, visit http://www.TomPaine.com/op_ad.
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