Larsen’s piece not easy to read |

Larsen’s piece not easy to read

Thank you for printing Mr. Larsen’s fine piece on his combat experiences in Vietnam (“Use ‘rigorous standard’ to justify war,” Other Voices, Feb. 13). It wasn’t easy to read, but certainly drives home the horrors of war that are very real for combatants.

The parallels between Vietnam and Mr. Bush’s illegal war in Iraq (the Constitution explicitly states that only Congress has the authority to declare war) are readily apparent. But who will challenge the foundations of this highly centralized political entity that spends over a billion dollars a day on its military?

If the human race ever grows tired (a big if) of spilling the blood of its sons and fathers in endless warring, it will glance back at the era of large-scale nation/states as a kind of adolescent fixation on rivalry and firepower. It may well be impossible to stem the tide of history toward globalization and “manufactured consent,” but let’s at least acknowledge this nation’s agenda for what it is: the drive toward hegemony and empire.

Craig Steiger

Nevada City

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