is with anger and alarm that I read and listen to news reports, preparing this nation for war as if it were a game in which someone wins. I have lived through four major wars in which my country has taken part. I have lost friends, watched survivors deal with the torment of memories and physical disability, seen the political aftermaths take on new dimensions of terror. War is acute suffering for all involved, orphaned children, grieving families, untold numbers of wandering homeless people, generations of victims maimed in body and soul, ravaged farm lands, political, medical, educational, and economic systems down the drain, not to mention the well of hatred filled to the brim for those who waged the insanity and assume power after the guns are silent. Is this the "game" we want to play? If your answer is "no," call 202-456-1111 and tell the president how you feel. Or call 202-224-3121 and ask that your message be given to Lisa, Ted and Don.