[This “pledge” was written at the beginning of the Gulf War in January 1991 and was reprinted in newspapers across the country.]


An American Pledge 


            As an American who, craving peace, cherishes my country and the humane freedom it represents, I pledge: 

                        That while thousands of young Americans’ lives are on the line, I will demonstrate to them my fullest love and support; 

                        That when they return I will let them know the depth of my gratitude for the sacrifice they are making or may make; 

                        That I will affirm the justice of this war against the attacks of those who at all times, in peace as in war, disdain all that America does and is; 

                        That I will give no aid or comfort to the enemy, and will develop no tolerance for those who do; 

                        That I will welcome all calm discussion working through democratic process; and 

                        That, though hating the tyrant, I will not let the passions of war diminish the love and compassion that I feel toward men and women of all nations and faiths, who though imperfect like me, have their own magnificence. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dwight D. Murphey




Note in 2007: Although this pledge was fully appropriate for the Gulf War in 1991, it should not be understood as an endorsement of the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and of the conduct of the war in the years thereafter.  It is a tragedy that the same sentiments cannot fully apply.  Murphey has stated his opposition to the 2003 invasion and to the entire project of American global hegemony in his various articles and book reviews since the turn of the century.  See A84, BR95, BR92, BR88, BR87, BR80—and especially BR54.