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Avoid insanity of war

After reading Jeff Ackerman’s column of Feb. 4, I came to the conclusion that this is a man who has watched too many John Wayne movies. You know, where the good guys ride in on horses, guns blazing and save people from the bad guys. Real war is not like that. In real war people die, environments are poisoned and hate is nurtured to return another day.

Yes, Mr. Ackerman, Saddam is a madman. On this we agree. He has killed his own people. So did Idi Amin in Uganda, Galtier in Argentina, Pol Pot in Cambodia, Sukarno in East Timor and on. The difference is these countries do not sit on oil reserves of 250 billion barrels.

An attack on Iraq, currently perceived worldwide as U. S. aggression, is undoubtedly going to create more Islamic terrorists. People will die. The already staggering U. S. economy will be further devastated, all for an unnecessary war.

The story of Mr. Ackerman’s friend Ray, imprisoned throughout the Vietnam war, is horrendous. However, it never would have happened if the insanity of that war had not occurred. Hundreds of thousands of lives were wasted. It wasn’t until enough people took to the streets in protest that sentiment for that war changed. Perhaps more “Rays” could be prevented, Mr. Ackerman, if you, too, took to the streets.

Glen Garrod

Nevada City

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