War is a big tragic snow job

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Sunday, June 11, 2006

Gregory Acres is right in his May 29 letter - I do continue to misunderstand his opinions. I may also have a prudish attitude about war, but that seems to imply that war is somehow healthy or fun (or at least necessary), and I'm a little too uptight to really appreciate that.

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I'm not convinced that war is anything but a big and tragic snow job perpetrated by a wealthy elite throughout history as a way of enriching themselves and strengthening their parasitical positions in our society at the cost of our lives and our resources. It has always seemed that the people that argue for war are the same ones that profit the most from it. I suppose it's just a coincidence that those who pushed the hardest for the Iraq war are very well invested in it (Haliburton, et al).

Nevertheless, I think it's important that we can all come to the same table. We can't let the lies thrown around by our politicians tarnish the good ideals that our country was founded on. They still work if we can still work together.

Our society has been run by a small elite for a long time, and their tactics are always the same: keep people arguing against each other and preside over the whole thing to pick up the pieces. Meanwhile, we're just trying to live our lives, raise our kids and make the best decisions we can. We blind ourselves to the fact that our similarities are far greater than our differences.

That doesn't mean we should go out into the rest of the world enforcing democracy at gunpoint. It's quite the opposite. We should be living up to our own ideals in a way that inspires everyone, because people-power is far greater than firepower.

If you believe in America and what it stands for, you don't want to put yourself on the side of guns and bombs against ordinary people. Pursuing the kind of guerilla war we're seeing in Iraq is destructive to our own principals - it leads our young people into situations where they are forced to consider ordinary people the enemy.

It's not a matter of supporting our troops in a terrible situation - it's a matter of bringing them home and getting rid of the people that sent them there.

Jamison Paul


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