Stop accusing Bush


Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 11:10 p.m.

Regrettably, some anti-war commentators in The Sun and elsewhere find it necessary to attack the sincerity and motivations of President Bush and those who support the administration's strategy for dealing with Saddam Hussein.

Some of these partisan comments state or imply that the president and his supporters are clueless blood-thirsty robots, who are working on behalf of unnamed corporate interests scheming to steal Iraqi oil, or some evil conspiracy along these lines.

Before we condescendingly accuse others of being insensitive heartless warmongers, perhaps it would be wise to consider our own personal relationship with violence.

Most Americans, Democrat or Republican, are involved on a daily basis in the completely unnecessary abuse and slaughter of uncounted millions of entirely innocent animals, whom we choose to eat.

There is no justification for all this violence toward these defenseless creatures other than that "they taste good." Long time vegetarians are as healthy as anyone else, if not more healthy.

Maybe a sober and honest understanding of our own moral limits can help us restrict personal attacks on our fellow Americans to those instances where we can provide documented evidence of evil intentions.

Although I voted for Gore in 2000, I believe President Bush is a good American who is following in the tradition of Democratic Presidents such as Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy - all of whom understood the need to support human rights by confronting murderous totalitarian regimes like the one in Iraq, on our own and with force if necessary.

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