Are There Weapons of Mass Destruction?
"Dear President Bush--I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
"Papa says, 'If you hear it from The Bush Administration, it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth, are there weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?
Virginia, your little friends
are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.
They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which
is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether
they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours,
man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless
world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the
whole of truth and knowledge.
Yes, Virginia, there are weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq. They exist as certainly as fear and terror and repression exist,
and you know that they abound and give to your life its deepest patriotic
impulses. Alas! how false would our excuses for the invasion of Iraq be
if there were no weapons of mass destruction! There would be no child-like
faith in our government then, no blind patriotism, no jingoism to make
tolerable this growing police state. We should have no endless increases
in our military spending. The eternal conflicts with which our shadow
government fills the world might be extinguished.
Not believe in weapons of mass destruction! You might as
well not believe in boogeymen! You might get the United Nations to hire
inspectors to search in all the nooks and crannies of Iraq to catch Saddam,
but even if you did not see the weapons of mass destruction, what would
that prove? Nobody sees the weapons, but that is no sign that there are
no weapons. The most real things in the world are those that neither children
nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course
not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive
or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
You tear apart our reasons for the war on Iraq and see what
little sense they make, but there is a veil covering our unseen motivations
which not the strongest legislator, nor even the united strength of all
the strongest peacemakers that ever lived, could tear apart. Only blind
faith in the goodness of the neoconservative agenda can push aside that
curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is
it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real
No weapons of mass destruction! Thank God! they exist, and they will exist forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, they will continue to justify an Empire's attack on a defenseless country.