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Iraq, veterans and peace

Iraq, veterans and peace

No one questioned the heroic patriotism of Col. David H. Hackworth (U.S. Army, Ret.) when told to “Shut up and sit down” after he attempted to tell the truth in Vietnam. He asked, “What do you mean we cannot leave?” The colonel’s response was simple. “Attention! About face! Forward march!” His speaking out against the Vietnam War, despite being the most combat-decorated veteran both of the Korean and Vietnam wars, cost him his career and resulted in his exile to Australia.

The obvious parallel today are the tirades blasting one’s patriotism if the efficacy of the Iraq war is questioned. Others have stated bluntly that one cannot support the troops without also supporting the war. Those statements are what is left in the south after the bull heads north. Many of us veterans, both for and against this war, have worked together to support our brave troops by visiting the wounded, collecting clothes for disabled vets and their families, and contributing to the Fisher Houses (low-cost housing on VA Hospital sites for loved ones).



Please participate in the Peace March, Sunday, March 16, in Nevada City.

Don M. Foster




Grass Valley


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