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As an anti-war activist I have been appalled at all of the irony and hypocrisy I have been hearing lately. "Collateral damage," "friendly fire," and my favorite, "Fight for Peace." Dropping bombs to bring peace to Iraq - it's just not adding up for me.
One of the main arguments I have been hearing for the war is that if you don't support the war, you don't support our troops. For me, nothing could be further from the truth. I have the utmost respect for our troops right now and I (and I'm sure many others, including some of the troops themselves) would rather have them at home instead of attacking a country using the disguise of "liberation."
I agree partially with Mr. McGonegal's letter in that some troops may be considered criminals. But a lot of troops signed up for the military to get college paid for or for lack of better options with the presumption that the U.S. had outgrown its adolescent war phase. Apparently G.W. hasn't hit that maturity yet. Suddenly it has become un-American to be against this war. Shall we all follow George Bush into a war that is pitting most of the world against us without speaking up? That seems even more un-American to me.
I am truly grateful for my right to be writing this letter, and that I live in a country where my local paper can publish both sides of a debate. But this war isn't about defending our way of life. Iraq is not a threat to us, and contrary to what mainstream media may have you believe, Saddam is not linked to Osama, Al Qaeda or terrorism against the U.S. We aren't defending ourselves, we are attacking a weaker country, and last time I checked that was considered imperialism.
If you are for the war, that is fine by me. But please, if you are getting your info from a segment you saw on NBC, don't be mad if I don't listen. If you take the time to read alternative news media, you just might be shocked at how different the picture of this war is painted. Dramatic music and shocking pictures don't equal news for me. There are plenty of other news sources available, they aren't hard to find, and whether or not they change your opinion, at least you know both sides of the argument.
Juneau and Bellingham, Wash.