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Saturday, August 02, 2003

Throughout the past several months, my inbox has regularly been filled by mail in support of President Bush in the invasion of Iraq and inuendo that to disagree is unpatriotic. I've kept fairly quiet.But I must comment now. If you're one of those who sent me mail on supporting the president, I hope you'll take the time to read this--just as I took the time to read YOURS. If you're not one of those writers, perhaps you'll find this worth reading anyway.

Let us not confuse following the president with loving our country; let us not say those who dissent don't support our troops. Blindly trusting a president led to a defeat in Viet Nam which killed 55,000 American soldiers: Some were friends of mine; others bare the scars of that war today.Need I remind you that this war was carried on with deceit from both presidents Johnson and Nixon? That it was a war we never fought to win?

So many of our troops killed....

Now? Let's not let this government attempt to fool us into thinking we are achieving our goals. YES, we rid the Iraqis of Sadaam Hussein, a positive result but NOT the reason our troops were sent there. Perhaps it shall unfold why we really took over Iraq but--taking the President at his word--there were ONLY TWO reasons we invaded Iraq: Weapons of mass destruction and Hussein's importing uranium from Africa. The U.N. asked for more time to search for the WMD but the president said the threat TO THE UNITED STATES was imminant and we could give the U.N. no more time. So far, the weapons are no easier for us to find than they were for the U.N. Importing uranium from Africa for building nuclear weapons? Didn't happen. The British and the CIA have admitted that their information was WRONG. Now both reasons to justify our invasion have turned out to be bogus. Unless someone can provide another explanation, it seems to me that, at best, this president was naive and invaded with no justification or he out and out lied. For that mistake, more and more of our children continue to die. This time it's not my friends in harm's way but the children of my friends.

55,000 died in Viet Nam: Perhaps one would have found the cure for cancer and another write a great book. ALL lost their chance at life and friends and families of 55,000 grieved and many continue to grieve. Now we spill the blood of our children on Middle Eastern soil: In a country whose greatest hate after Hussein is what? The United States.

Financing and training terrorists? Look not to Iraq but to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The entire reason for our country existing is that the colonists DEMANDED the right to disagree with the head of their government--It's in The Declaration of Independence. Now some say we should forget that and blindly follow our leaders. What a dangerous place to go.

Please read the info below.

God bless America and let our children be free from harm soon.
Craig

Theodore Roosevelt:
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918)



Thomas Jefferson
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?


Mark Twain:
The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.


Hermann Goering: Nazi Field Marshall
Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.




A Hundred Men

by Alex Hassilev



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


A hundred men went off to war
... a hundred men.
Their hearts were heavy, their heads were high
As they kissed the ones they left behind.
Some were eager, some were scared,
Nobody knew, and nobody cared
When a hundred men went to war.

Then a thousand men went off to war
... a thousand men.
And a few now said that it wasn't right,
And a few said prayers in their beds at night
For the hearts so heavy, the heads so high
Who kissed the ones they loved goodbye,
For those so eager, and those so scared,
A few now knew, a few now cared,
When a Thousand men went off to war.
... Ten thousand men.

Then a million men went off to war
... a million men.
Now fear came a creepin' down many a street,
Borne on the dust of a million feet,
And many now said that it wasn't right
And many prayed in their beds at night
For the hearts so heavy, the heads so high
Who kissed the ones they loved goodbye,
For those so eager, and those so scared,
For many now knew, and many now cared,
When a million men went to war.

Then all mankind went off to war,
... Yes, all mankind.
And the people fought, and the people cried,
And the people prayed, but the people died,
And fear like a flood covered every street
And mixed with the mud of a billion feet
And all now said that it wasn't right
And prayed as one to the fiery night.
Their hearts were heavy as they watched the sky
And kissed the ones they loved goodbye
Now none were eager, but all were scared
Now they knew that they should've cared.
When a hundred men went off to war,
... a hundred men.

AND FOR THOSE WHO SAY WE SHOULDN'T QUESTION OUR
GOVERNMENT:
First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for meand there was no one leftto speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niem�ller
Post World War II Germany

Throughout the past several months, my inbox has regularly been filled by mail in support of President Bush in the invasion of Iraq and inuendo that to disagree is unpatriotic. I've kept fairly quiet.But I must comment now. If you're one of those who sent me mail on supporting the president, I hope you'll take the time to read this--just as I took the time to read YOURS. If you're not one of those writers, perhaps you'll find this worth reading anyway.

Let us not confuse following the president with loving our country; let us not say those who dissent don't support our troops. Blindly trusting a president led to a defeat in Viet Nam which killed 55,000 American soldiers: Some were friends of mine; others bare the scars of that war today.Need I remind you that this war was carried on with deceit from both presidents Johnson and Nixon? That it was a war we never fought to win?

So many of our troops killed....

Now? Let's not let this government attempt to fool us into thinking we are achieving our goals. YES, we rid the Iraqis of Sadaam Hussein, a positive result but NOT the reason our troops were sent there. Perhaps it shall unfold why we really took over Iraq but--taking the President at his word--there were ONLY TWO reasons we invaded Iraq: Weapons of mass destruction and Hussein's importing uranium from Africa. The U.N. asked for more time to search for the WMD but the president said the threat TO THE UNITED STATES was imminant and we could give the U.N. no more time. So far, the weapons are no easier for us to find than they were for the U.N. Importing uranium from Africa for building nuclear weapons? Didn't happen. The British and the CIA have admitted that their information was WRONG. Now both reasons to justify our invasion have turned out to be bogus. Unless someone can provide another explanation, it seems to me that, at best, this president was naive and invaded with no justification or he out and out lied. For that mistake, more and more of our children continue to die. This time it's not my friends in harm's way but the children of my friends.

55,000 died in Viet Nam: Perhaps one would have found the cure for cancer and another write a great book. ALL lost their chance at life and friends and families of 55,000 grieved and many continue to grieve. Now we spill the blood of our children on Middle Eastern soil: In a country whose greatest hate after Hussein is what? The United States.

Financing and training terrorists? Look not to Iraq but to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

The entire reason for our country existing is that the colonists DEMANDED the right to disagree with the head of their government--It's in The Declaration of Independence. Now some say we should forget that and blindly follow our leaders. What a dangerous place to go.

Please read the info below.

God bless America and let our children be free from harm soon.
Craig

Theodore Roosevelt:
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. (1918)



Thomas Jefferson
What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?


Mark Twain:
The government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them.


Hermann Goering: Nazi Field Marshall
Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.




A Hundred Men

by Alex Hassilev



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------


A hundred men went off to war
... a hundred men.
Their hearts were heavy, their heads were high
As they kissed the ones they left behind.
Some were eager, some were scared,
Nobody knew, and nobody cared
When a hundred men went to war.

Then a thousand men went off to war
... a thousand men.
And a few now said that it wasn't right,
And a few said prayers in their beds at night
For the hearts so heavy, the heads so high
Who kissed the ones they loved goodbye,
For those so eager, and those so scared,
A few now knew, a few now cared,
When a Thousand men went off to war.
... Ten thousand men.

Then a million men went off to war
... a million men.
Now fear came a creepin' down many a street,
Borne on the dust of a million feet,
And many now said that it wasn't right
And many prayed in their beds at night
For the hearts so heavy, the heads so high
Who kissed the ones they loved goodbye,
For those so eager, and those so scared,
For many now knew, and many now cared,
When a million men went to war.

Then all mankind went off to war,
... Yes, all mankind.
And the people fought, and the people cried,
And the people prayed, but the people died,
And fear like a flood covered every street
And mixed with the mud of a billion feet
And all now said that it wasn't right
And prayed as one to the fiery night.
Their hearts were heavy as they watched the sky
And kissed the ones they loved goodbye
Now none were eager, but all were scared
Now they knew that they should've cared.
When a hundred men went off to war,
... a hundred men.

AND FOR THOSE WHO SAY WE SHOULDN'T QUESTION OUR
GOVERNMENT:
First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jewsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Jew.Then they came for the Communistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a Communist.Then they came for the trade unionistsand I did not speak outbecause I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for meand there was no one leftto speak out for me.
Pastor Martin Niemöller
Post World War II Germany


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