Don't make another mistake by fighting a wrong battle

Published: Saturday, March 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2003 at 10:30 p.m.

I do not agree with the United States' plan to engage in a bombing exercise in Iraq, and neither do a lot of other patriotic Americans. The planned attack on Iraq is not a war. It is the wanton slaughter of innocent women and children.

If the goal is to rid Iraq of "weapons of mass destruction," it has been proven that U.N. inspections are a far more effective means than mass bombings. If the goal is to remove the established government in Iraq by force, then, by definition, the goal is illegal.

In Vietnam, the soldiers who fought the war were blamed because they went to war and did not resist. At the time, we soldiers, thought we were being patriotic. But when we came home, we discovered that the country considered us baby killers.

Of course, many did not return. They were either killed or left behind to rot in prison camps. Those of us who got upset over this little misunderstanding were labeled crazy. A psychiatric diagnosis, "Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome," was created to explain our anger and soothe the souls of those who sent us.

I now believe it is my patriotic duty to speak out before the next arbitrary use of our military might.

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