Iraq war a Bush agenda

Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 10:53 p.m.
Once again, in response to the anti-war demonstrations, the pro-war crowd is insisting in the media that the troops are in Iraq fighting for our freedom. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The troops are there fighting for our imperialistic corporate government agenda. Period. It has nothing to do with 9/11, freeing the Iraqi people or spreading democracy.
It looks like the majority of Americans are finally coming to this conclusion, and the tide seems to be changing, based on the response we got last Saturday at Gainesville's protest against the war.
Even the SUV and giant pick-up drivers were giving us peace signs and thumbs up, instead of the customary middle finger. A year ago, even a few months ago, you would not have seen that.
As for supporting the troops, I can only support them by trying to bring them home now. They are killing thousands of innocent Iraqis and I can't support that.
If the "insurgents" weren't our government's enemy, Bush would be calling them "freedom fighters." I have no quarrel with them.
I'm a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, and when I was "in country," I remember being glad that the protesters at home were trying to end the war. I don't remember anyone other than lifers being upset about anti-war activity back in the States.
As soon as I got home, I picked up a sign and went into the streets to support the anti-war movement.
I don't care about harming the troops' morale in Iraq. Maybe some of them will wise up, lay their guns down, and go AWOL or go to jail. That's better than killing for lies.
That would be the most noble thing they could do over there. That is what I wish I would have done 36 years ago.
Chas Chiodo, Alachua

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