Dr. Rath's Open Letter Campaign
Dr. Rath's first Open Letter in the New York Times was published in February 2003 and public reactions to the consistent themes that have been woven throughout this continuing campaign have been closely monitored. Click on the links below for a summary of the reaction of the American people to each of the main themes:
Click on the headlines below for access to the full contents of each Open Letter, links to a wealth of additional background information and a downloadable PDF file of the Open Letter itself.
At first, people on the street were not open to believing Bush and Blair could start a war for personal gain..or that the war was sponsored by special interests. It was too extreme a thought. However, over the course of the past few months, more and more people said, “I agree with Dr. Rath”…and further, they stated that “I'm glad someone is speaking out.”
Of course, there were those who dismissed the Open Letters saying that “we needed to go into Iraq to oust Hussein and to fight terrorism” – a connection we now know was concocted by the administration and the media.
Many appreciated the opportunity to speak out after feeling so helpless for so long.
One need only look at the polling numbers at the beginning of Dr. Rath's Open Letter campaign to see how strongly the war in Iraq was supported by the American public.
But as Dr. Rath's Open Letters continued and he produced evidence to back up his charges, people started to wonder about the veracity of their own points of view. In particular, people were becoming more and more suspicious of the pharmaceutical industry through Dr. Rath's statements because it was beginning to dawn on them that this industry was capable of any wrongdoing, given that it would promote illness rather than cure in order to grow its already unfair profit stream.
Dr. Rath's Open Letters made clear just how important the UN Charter is and how urgent it is that we voice our opposition to dissolving that Charter in any way. Many people were glad that Dr. Rath raised the issue because, for them, it had existed “under the radar”. Many voiced frustration that there was so much going wrong in America, so much to be truly fearful about.
As each Open Letter was published, people voiced their unease with the medications that their doctors were prescribing. Many stated that they were sick and tired of the industry pumping them full of drugs but doing little to find the root cause of disease.
The Open Letters had opened their minds to the fact that, for the ‘business with disease' profitability was far more important than saving lives - whether it was by the pharmaceutical companies' disregard for cure or, equally as disturbing, how they have profited by the War in Iraq.
Dr. Rath's Open Letters provided one of the few sources of the truth and his campaign has now triggered more courage in the media because articles are beginning to appear that are against the war, against Bush and against the pharmaceutical industry. In a way, the media has been forced to confront more of these issues because Dr. Rath's Open Letters cannot be avoided.
Yes, there were those who distrusted Dr. Rath's messages and his motives…AT FIRST. One could not expect otherwise given how outspoken the Open Letters were and continue to be. However, little by little, many people recognized the courage it took to begin speaking out when those opinions were not at all popular.
Whilst we cannot say that everyone now approves of the messages in Dr. Rath's Open Letters, there is no denial that the messages are now welcomed as the public sees the world crumbling before them and watches those in power only interested in remaining in power…at any cost.
The people of America are also starting to believe that seemingly unrelated events (the blackout etc.) could possibly be connected to the profit-driven power play that now exists in their country.
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