Killing for oil

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 1:07 a.m.
I recently attended a function hosted by Vets for Peace, at SFCC, where we listened to three veterans from the Iraq war speak. One of the vets was from the Army, one from the Marines, and another from the Navy. They had served from 4 years to 9 years, with much of that time being in Iraq.
It was interesting to hear their take on the war. They were all in agreement in the beginning of their talk that the war was necessary to "fight terrorism." As they spoke longer each one, individually, stated several times that we have to win the war because Iraq has all the oil and we have to get the oil.
Imagine my disgust to think of our children being maimed and killed in a war for oil that doesn't even belong to us. We're over there killing each other in order to ensure that we are able to continue driving our big SUVs, turn our air conditioners down too low and burn fossil fuels that then go into our atmosphere and deplete our ozone layer, essentially killing us all in the long-run.
I felt sorry for these military men as they spoke of being conditioned to kill. How sad to think that, every day, more and more men and women are killing and being killed in a war that was started by lies, and continues because the American people are too afraid to stand up and demand we get out now. Will we ever learn that, "Might does not make right?"

Sherrie Hunter,

Vets for Peace


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