Stand by your country, not by failure

Letters to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2004

There's a big call up for the National Guard to Iraq all over this vast nation, including sons and daughters, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers here in Alaska. I ask you all to remember that it all started with 9/11/01.

And for those who haven't been paying attention, I wish to remind you that we haven't done much of anything about the real perpetrators of 9/11. We've invaded Afghanistan and Iraq and inflicted great suffering and misery on those peoples, but the people behind 9/11 were not of either of those countries. So, why do we obey a commander in chief who stonewalled and then obstructed a truly independent investigation into those responsible for 9/11?

While attending the Veterans For Peace National Convention in Boston in July, I met Scott Ritter, an imposing Marine Corps major and former United Nations weapons inspector who spent nine years in Iraq. Here are some of the things that Maj. Ritter had to say: "Iraq is on fire and the occupation is the fuel for this fire." "Get out, get out now." "George W. Bush is a domestic enemy of the Constitution."

I end with these words from Teddy Roosevelt: "Patriotism means to stand by your country ... not the president if he has failed your country."

Sean P. Dougherty


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