Its possible to support U.S. troops without supporting war decision

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Recent letters to the Clarion and callers to the KSRM program, "Sound Off," have stated that the dousing of anti-war protesters with water by persons who do not agree with their message is justified.

I can't help but wonder whether, if the situation were reversed, those persons might have a different opinion. As it is said in George Orwell's classic book, "The Animal Farm": "All the Animals are equal, but some are more equal than others."

I am, of course, glad that the war in Iraq seems to be winding down, with relatively few American casualties. I supported, and continue to support our troops there; 50 years ago (it seems like only yesterday!), I was one of them, as a U.S. Marine serving in Korea.

I do not, however, support the decision by the leaders of our country to attack Iraq. Where are the "weapons of mass destruction" that they insisted were in the possession of the Iraqi forces there? It seems likely to me that if they had them, they'd have used them against our troops. I'm glad this has not happened, and it is possible that some may yet be discovered, but it is obvious that they were not the threat described by President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld.

I find it disturbing, to say the least, that this country's new "pre-emptive" war policy is the same thing, under another name, that a number of Nazi leaders were tried and executed for after World War II. Back then, it was called "waging aggressive war."

Think about it!

Jerry Brookman, Kenai



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