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Liberation of Iraq is moral

As a combat veteran of Vietnam who served with honor and distinction, I read Bill Larsen’s article on justifying war with interest. His premise that leaders with no military experience lack understanding of the human suffering of war, however, is rarely relevant to history.

The presidencies of Lincoln, F.D.R. and J.F.K. reveal that Lincoln was in the national guard, F.D.R. had no military experience, and J.F.K. was a war hero.

Lincoln’s war killed 620,000, F.D.R.’s war killed 400,000, and J.F.K. brought us to the brink of nuclear annihilation and sent Bill and me to Vietnam when he issued the “Bring it on” challenge of his presidency that we would go anywhere, pay any price for liberty.



I honor Bill Larsen’s service and sacrifice, but his criteria for war is insufficient. No mother who lost her son at Omaha Beach thought it was worth it so the French could be free while a conscientious objector in the U.S. claimed moral and religious exemption.

Part of the dumbing down of America is the notion that war is immoral. The liberation of 25 million souls in Iraq is moral, in spite of the many Americans rooting for failure for their political agendas.




Dennis McMurray

Nevada City


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