Monday, May 24, 2010


May 14, 2010

Congressman Peter Roskam
150 S. Bloomingdale Road, Suite 200
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

Dear Congressman Roskam,

Do you ever contemplate what you accomplish with the 400 million in borrowed dollars you authorize our military to spend daily on our senseless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

Since the subject of these wars has been almost totally excised from your Congressional website and your public utterances, let me enlighten you.

In July, 2007, thanks to video released by real American patriots, we know that two U.S. Apache helicopters blasted 12 Iraqis, including two Reuter’s newsmen and an innocent Good Samaritan, who, in his last act on Earth, stopped to pick up casualties, including two wounded children.

How about the February 12, 2010, U.S. Special Ops Team which swooped down from the skies over Gardez, Afghanistan, and shot dead an Afghan police officer, his brother, and three pregnant women. Then they dug the bullets out of the women’s bodies, bound and gagged their bodies, and filed a report claiming that the dead men were Taliban militants who had murdered the women in “honor killings” before they arrived. I guess you might say that is OK because after this cover up unraveled, U.S. military personnel offered an in-person apology, including the sacrifice of a sheep and $30,000 in compensation payments.

A month earlier, Congressman, Mohammed Yonus, a popular iman of a mosque near Kabul,
Afghanistan was killed in his car from a passing NATO convoy because his vehicle was considered “threatening”. The fact that their bullets didn’t kill Yonus’ seven year old son who watched his father die a foot in front of him should not give you much solace.

Did the 17 Iraqi civilians murdered when Blackwater employees opened fire on them in Baghdad’s Nissour Square on September 16, 2007, cause you to re-think your endless knee-jerk support for these unending crimes against humanity?

These few vignettes can be multiplied a hundred times or more to get a true picture of the barbarity we have unleashed, without justification, on these sorry lands since you joined the enabling process three years and four months ago.

I have a suggestion for you and your fellow Congressional members of the war party, many Democrats along with almost all Republicans, who blithely go about spending us into bankruptcy to commit these crimes in our name. How about gathering up pictures of the bullet-riddled and broken bodies whose destruction you fund, and place them on your Congressional desks alongside pictures of your families, friends and loved ones. Amidst the two groups of photos, one blessed with wealth, power, privilege and security; the other cursed to be on the receiving end of American criminality and destruction, place the saying: “Do unto others…as you would have them do unto you”.

I know you have heard of it but the whole sad lot of you have lost sight of it. It’s called, Congressman, THE GOLDEN RULE.


Walt Zlotow
Illinois Sixth District resident