Sincere naysayers

Posted: Tuesday, February 04, 2003

In

response to M.D. Christenson's critique of my My Turn comments of Jan. 28, I'd opine that one individual's concept of stereotyping is another's notion of profiling. I have no doubt there are sincere naysayers amongst all the categories he lists, including our armed forces arrayed to wage war. I accept and even respect most rationales for those not convinced that it's time to resort to war, unless there is an 11th-hour capitulation. But, while acknowledging some use of hyperbole, the gist of my comments was directed to those silent supporters who did not step up and be counted (like the 177 Yes respondents), and to offer their rationales. And finally, to rebut your punch line, my sons have expressed confidence in their present commander-in-chief's tough stance on terrorism and the rogue states that threaten their neighbors by brandishing or trafficking in the implements of mass destruction (Iraq is not alone). One, though, had serious misgivings about his mission during a recent six-month peacekeeping deployment to Kosovo.

John J. Kato

Juneau



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