March against the war


Published: Friday, January 26, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 25, 2007 at 11:51 p.m.
The Sun is to be commended for publishing the most cogent opposition to the unjust war in Iraq to date. I am proud to live in the same community as E.C. Carlson (Speaking Out, 1-20). We owe him a debt of gratitude for his service, not only in Vietnam for two tours, but one in Korea.
His is the voice of experience about recent conflicts. Each of us has our set of memories about the past which are useful in understanding what has changed in our nation, since World War II, when most of us were raised to believe the U.S. had become a world leader, to show others the right way to do things.
At the end of the Korean War era, I was a reluctant volunteer in the U.S. Army. I accepted that my nation still was on course, though at times I disagreed with what the direction should be. During the Vietnam era, I became a passionate opponent of U.S. involvement in that faraway nation. I felt betrayed by a well-meaning President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who had promised another kind of war, a war on poverty. That war still needs to be fought.
Think about that kind of war as we support the march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Jan. 27, and the effort to lobby Congress, on Jan. 29, to have the U.S. step away from Iraq. Poor children still need us. The poor still need community action against mindless policies about the homeless. And as good citizens, we all need one another, not to go abroad to kill people trying to survive in their own lands.
We are needed here to create the kind of role model at home others would choose to adopt of their own free will, if we only gave them, and us, the chance. Spread the word, before, during and after the March on Washington on Saturday.

Gabe Kaimowitz,

Gainesville

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