“This article says we might attack Iran April 6,” Smith moans.

“Well, that’d make sense,” I say. “They like to do it over the weekend. That way everyone gets excited about it, gives them something to talk about over the holiday weekend.”

I cut some cheese for our desert and set it aside to get warm. I’m stewing. I think about us traveling to Morocco that weekend, and I wonder if we’re going to be affected by a backlash of anti-American sentiment.

I say, “It makes me sick to think of my brother over there in Iraq. What if he’s ordered to commit war crimes. How would he even avoid it, being there?”

Yesterday I read that U.S. forces raided the offices of the Iraq Syndicate of Journalists in February. They stole 15 generators which were supposed to be donated to families of killed journalists. I wondered if my brother has had to do anything like this. I love him very much. And of course there are many other incidents of much worse things.

“Americans are gullible,” Smith says. “You read what everybody says about what would happen if we attack Iran and you think, there’s no way we could attack Iran. Then you realize who’s in office.”

Then, “Oh, this is nice, Lady. Listen to what I’m reading in this article: ‘Congress quietly approved provisions making it easier for the President to declare federal martial law after a domestic terrorist incident. And recall that in late 2003, General Tommy Franks openly speculated on how a new 9/11 could lead to a military form of government: ‘a terrorist, massive, casualty-producing event somewhere in the Western world – it may be in the United States of America – that causes our population to question our own Constitution and to begin to militarize our country in order to avoid a repeat of another mass, casualty-producing event. Which in fact, then begins to unravel the fabric of our Constitution.”

“I don’t think there’s going to be an election. I think they’ll make an attack, declare martial law, and then just ride it out…”

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