Stand for what's right

Letters to the editor

Posted: Monday, February 17, 2003

"United We Stand" read the signs all across the U.S. It used to be that we stood for "liberty, equality and justice for all." Now, President Bush wants us to stand for aggression, no matter what the cost to the people of Iraq or the long-term costs to the U.S.

A war with Iraq will likely result in the deaths of 100,000s of Iraqis and lead to an increase in hatred and terrorism toward Americans.

When Timothy McVeigh called the children he killed in Oklahoma City "collateral damage," we were shocked. Yet, how much collateral damage are we willing to allow our government to inflict on the people of Iraq, who have no control over what Saddam Hussein does?

It was the U.S. that allowed Hussein to obtain anthrax and the components to make weapons of mass destruction in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq War in order to protect our oil supply in the Middle East. Why should we stand for our government to follow one immoral action with another?

Sharon Resnick

Haines



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