I've been reading the letters of Ray Southwell a few months now, and the grumblings of Norm Olsen longer. I want to ask them why they were silent during the build-up, and horribly costly (in lives and tax dollars) invasion and occupation of Iraq? I saw a group of gutsy people at the "Y" in Soldotna, protesting the war, being threatened, water thrown at them, but I don't remember seeing either of you two or your "Patriot," "Militia," "Tea-Partying" brothers. I was taught it's patriotic to question our government, no matter how unpopular it is. Why suddenly outraged?
Where were you ?
One who pulls trigger is only cause of violence
In his Letter to the Editor (Clarion, Feb. 23), Norm Olson asks "When violence is 'triggered,' ask who is really the cause."
Simple. When violence is triggered, the cause of the violence is the one who pulled the trigger. The cause of the violence in Oklahoma City was Timothy McVeigh, the cause of the plane crash into the IRS offices in Austin was Joseph Stack, and the cause of the shooting at Central Peninsula Hospital was Joseph Marchetti. Whatever the excuse for violence, the cause is always and only the person who chooses to commit a violent act.
Olson goes on to encourage those who believe themselves wounded by injustice to consider their local citizens militia as a source of support.
Whatever else the Alaska Citizens Militia may offer, their bottom-line offer is a resort to violence.
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