Pitfalls of stereotyping

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

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Mr. John Kato asks, (My Turn, Jan. 28) in reference to the Jan. 19 "What do you think?" column that found 59 percent of respondents do not support an attempt by the United States to use military force to oust Saddam Hussein, "did the column's numbers have some veracity? And, if so, what was driving them?"

He goes on to theorize that liberal Democrats, religious leftists and drugged out '60s hippies are the culprits.

I have alternate hypotheses: Perhaps it's conservative Republicans, who appreciate that a dangerous precedent will be set with a pre-emptive attack, and the nagging unlikely suspicion that the Democrats might regain the White House.

Perhaps it's the Christian right. I understand "Thou shalt not kill" figures prominently in their Good Book.

Perhaps it's those pesky constitutionalists, who believe the power to wage war rightly resides with the Congress, and not the executive branch.

Maybe it's patriots, who believe in a government of the people, for the people, and by the people (notice I didn't mention oil companies).

Maybe it's people whose recreational drug of choice is a tall mocha, who find a war with Iraq, on several levels, illegal, immoral and fattening.

Sun Tzu said, "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting." That's also a great way to support our troops.

Maybe it's Americans who echo President Bush's sentiment and recognize "our deep desire for peace - peace not only here at home, but peace in troubled regions of the world."

We needn't go inventing bogeymen, Mr. Kato. Maybe it was your sons.

M.D. Christenson


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