Craig Steiger: America’s questionable past |

Craig Steiger: America’s questionable past

I would love to salute the red, white and blue snapping smartly in the September breeze but how can I, knowing what this country committed a generation ago in Laos?

Vietnam was bad enough, but secretly dropping more bombs on Laos than all of World War II against Germany and Japan combined?

Sadly, the people in Laos continue to feel the tragic consequences, long after the last bomb fell.

Too many of these bombs did not detonate at the time. The war left most of the land contaminated with active, unexploded ordnance (UXO), in the form of cluster bombs, bullets, grenades, and mines. They’ve taken the lives of over 20,000 Lao — often a child playing outside, or a farmer who has no choice but to cultivate on contaminated fields.

Once upon a time I admired this country — but how in good conscience can I respect it any more?

Craig Steiger

Grass Valley

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