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Metroka event shows lies, false portrayals

I read about the pictorial event given by Sean Metroka this week, “Feeding the Happy and Liberated Iraqis.” I find the whole thing crass, and it really doesn’t show anything but the continued lies and false portrayals of what’s going in Iraq.

As more American soldiers and Iraqi civilians die, showing soldiers feeding devastated, war-torn people crumbs like they were feeding grateful animals at the petting zoo is disgusting and immoral!

I wish the paper would start writing articles that would challenge people on more than an elementary level. Instead, you try to invoke the same emotions and social constructs that stimulate racism and excusatory religious ideology.

I’m not saying you have to exclude this ex-Marine’s experiences, but you should also run pieces to the contrary. Why don’t you interview people from Military Families Speak Out, Occupation Watch or Global Exchange? That’s good journalism, something missing a lot from your stories. The paper is not a tool to express your own personal political views, the paper is for everybody to read and learn from. No one can learn anything real from one-sided, skewed information. And isn’t that what the rest of the world dislikes about us anyway?

Jason Proctor

Nevada City

Editor’s note: The actual title of the presentation, sponsored by The Union, was “Iraq: Through a Soldier’s Eyes.” Because so many people were turned away, a second showing will be scheduled. Also, Metroka is not an ex-Marine, but remains a member of the Marine Reserves.

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