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War protesters: They sicken reader to no end

| Thursday, April 17, 2003

Dear Editor:

As a former U.S. Marine that spent time in the Middle East during the failed Iranian hostage rescue attempt under then-President Jimmy Carter, I must admit that I have watched the events unfold with regard to the happenings in Iraq as well as the happenings here in the United States with mixed feelings.

I turn my television on and watch with sheer disgust as I witness the anti-war protests taking place in other countries as well as here in America. I can almost understand the anti-war sentiment in other countries because the horror of what happened on that faithful Sept. 11 morning did not happen to those individuals living in those other countries - it happened to us here in the United States.

However, when I see these individuals that are supposedly Americans protesting against our president, against our troops and against this war, it sickens me to no end. I ask myself, "Are these people so dead inside that they feel nothing for the suffering of their fellow human beings or are these protesters just complete idiots that are just unable to connect the dots and realize that it was only a matter of time before Saddam would have given the various terrorists groups that he supported the means to attack America once again?"

I watch the young men and young women that make up America's fighting force on my television and find myself filled with pride because these young people that are defending those of us here at home are the real heroes, not the high-priced athletes, not the movie stars or the rock stars, and certainly not these gutless wonders that protest by lying in the street and mocking our sons, our daughters, our brothers and our sisters by playing dead.

I find it interesting that France, Germany and Russia would oppose the United States in our effort to not only stop a madman like Saddam from finalizing the creation of weapons that could very well be used against them as well, but for these countries to oppose the removal of Saddam from power and thus end the suffering of the Iraqi people under his regime is unforgivable.

Anyone reasonably intelligent would quite naturally come to the conclusion that if a country or a people had lived under similar circumstances and had been forced to endure the killings, the beatings, the rapes and the mass murders that come with having a dictator at the helm, such as these poor Iraqis have endured, that these same countries or same peoples would feel some sort of compassion and understanding.

Yet, we have France, Germany and Russia opposing what the United States is trying to do in Iraq and for the Iraqi people, which is to give the Iraqi people their dignity and freedom and allow them to govern themselves without the terror that comes from living under a madman, which strangely enough is the very same thing that the United States did for these same countries when Hitler was in power - my, my how short our memories are!

To repeat the same words that I heard a young Iraqi man say as I watched other Iraqi's kiss and hug some of our troops as a statue of Saddam was toppled to the ground, "Thank you, Mister Bush; thank you, Mister Bush!"

Jim Campbell
Dunbar
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Shame on you, France

Dear Editor:

As a veteran of both Vietnam and the first Gulf War it saddens me to read of the news that our forces and the coalition forces have found caches of Iraqi weapons manufactured by and purchased from France.

It appears to this reader the French are motivated by the sale of their war arms rather than keeping world peace. And that is the French's second problem, their first problem is their lack of memory! Seems they have forgotten the tens of thousands of American GIs who gave their lives insuring France's freedom.

Shame on you, France!

Steve Carkeek
Folsom, Calif.
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