Critics lack research

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2005

Facts may be presented with spins, especially when combined with politics and media. The spin of comparing Iraq to Vietnam is meant to foster attitudes of "America's failure." For a soldier, the rhetoric that you support them but not their job or their cause often sounds oxymoronic. However, such a stance does not have to be partisan as I know of Republicans who are against our involvement in Iraq.

If readers did a little research and checked on other letters of mine that the Empire has published, they would see that my views are nonpartisan and might realize that some of their comments were libelous. My feet are tenuously planted in so many different camps that I would appear more like an octopus than a big red elephant. Unfortunately, some of the facts that are being disputed or "spun" I feel I have to address:

Roll Call 277 from Sept. 12th, 2001 unanimously passed S.J. Res. 22, expressing the sense of the Senate and House of Representatives was united regarding the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. This is this first congressional language referring to going to war against terror. The subsequent votes that Ms. Fuller referred to in her Dec. 6 letter are specific details on how it should be approached. Mr. McGonegal's Dec. 2 letter suggested that there is no connection between the war on terror and Iraq even though in February 2002, Al Jazeera published the Iraqi Baath Party's support of terrorist attacks on America. While he may want people to believe that the invasion of Iraq was against international law, U.N. Security Resolution 1441 authorized the invasion of Iraq.

Although I have received a number of positive reactions to my Nov. 30 My Turn, I am surprised that there was such animosity to my comparison of certain facts in the Empire. I immediately groaned at the title of the My Turn since it is was not of my choosing, and I knew it would leave a challenge. The Empire even printed personal attacks against me from people who were so offended by the thought of comparing the two wars. It is fallacious to pass judgment on the character of a person directly because he is playing devil's advocate. My intention was not to enrage readers but to elicit a mature discussion with some critical thinking.

Michael Heiman

Juneau



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