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A nation can choose to cower or choose to fight; our president chose to fight


Published: Fri, September 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


A nation can choose to cower or choose to fight; our president chose to fight
EDITOR:
Gold Star Mother Cindy Sheehan wants to know why her son had to die. Here's what a Blue Star Dad thinks: He did not have to die. No war is necessary. War is always a choice. Even if you're invaded, you can choose to surrender and accept new rulers.
If the invader's intention is genocide, you can choose to die as the martyrs in the Coliseum did, singing and praying for the souls of your oppressors.
If suicidal Wauhabi fanatics hijack our passenger planes and bring down our tallest buildings with them, we can choose to just clean up the mess and go quietly about our business, like our brave Spanish allies.
Pacifism, takes a kind of courage I don't have -- and don't want. I'm not that saintly -- I'll fight them!
I served in my day. My dad in his. My son serves now. (Left for Iraq, Saturday morning.) And to his everlasting credit, so did Lance Cpl. Sheehan. I honor that young man's service and sacrifice. I believe it was worth it. I watched those twin towers come down with pregnant women leaping from hundred-story windows, in real time. You're damn right it's worth it. You don't bring that into my America.
This war is not all that much about Iraq -- Iraq's just one battle. Wauhabi fanatics are trained, sheltered and supported mainly in six Arab regimes. We hit the weakest one first, then Iraq was the second weakest. Iraq sits smack in between Syria and Iran. The message is clear: One of you is next. A big, butt-kicking American army based right there is a pretty good reason for them to negotiate in good faith. (In fact, they haven't got any other reason.) It's also pretty good reassurance to the House of Saud, that they can crack down on their own inbred Wauhabi's and still keep their throne. It all looks like pretty good strategy to me. But, I'm just a guy on the street.
The president told the whole world from day two, that we're after the terrorists (read: "Wauhabi fanatics") and if you shelter, train or support them, then you're one of them and your sovereignty may be disregarded.
If there is an option besides just taking it that's a better response to 9/11 than this war, including its Iraqi strategy, then what is it?
TOM GORE
Austintown
President is like a dictatorin his refusal to admit error
EDITOR:
Before I sat at the computer to write this letter, I had to check the dictionary to make sure that I had the proper meaning to democracy -- "government by the people directly or through representatives." Dictator -- "a ruler or tyrant with absolute power."
I haven't moved, so I am still living in a "democracy." However, there is something wrong with the way Mr. Bush is conducting his presidential duties. I think that when someone disagrees with the government and wants to confront the leader in a democracy, it is our right to do so.
The protesters against the war in Iraq have every right to question the validity of such a war. The mothers who have lost their children in this god-forsaken land have every right to answers. If President Bush wasn't a coward and was certain that his decision to "stay the course" was the right thing to do, he would meet with any citizen of the United States, since he is the president of a democracy.
I think his actions are more like a dictator. He is more interested in stubbornly keeping our troops in Iraq rather than admitting he could have been wrong to send them there in the first place.
As far as I am concerned, he has earned no respect for being so adamant in this endeavor. His advisers need to consider that in the face of all controversy, he needs to step aside or get out of Iraq -- now.
PAT ZOCCALI
Warren


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