It's time the U.S. fought back


Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10:23 p.m.

Charles Grapski's weapons of choice are name calling, insinuation, his own ignorance and the assumed ignorance of those reading his work (''Restore the draft,'' Jan 20).

He starts by calling our president a madman, and insinuating he ordered the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He moved effortlessly into trying to de-legitimize Bush's presidency through deception.

Grapski is correct in saying Bush is not a democratically elected leader. We are not a democracy, as any doctoral candidate in political science at the University of Florida should know. America is a constitutional republic that uses an electoral college.

He made an outrageous accusation by saying President Bush wants to bring mankind to war and has made no effort for peace. We have been at war since before the 9/11 attacks.

Remember the Muslim bombings of PanAm Flight 103, the World Trade Center, the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the military barracks in Saudi Arabia, the American embassies in Africa and so on?

When do Grapski and others who are protesting the defense of this nation think it would be reasonable to use force? Obviously Pearl Harbor would not have been enough, since fewer people died in those attacks than in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001.

I support the war on terrorism. I am a veteran and was in the service during the Gulf War. I have two children, and they are the reason I support the war on terrorism that we have finally decided to engage in.

I hope my children will not have to live in the same fear that grips much of the rest of the world.

I choose to learn from history and see that appeasement only serves the aggressor. Grapski is supporting a position of capitulation, appeasement and oppression.

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