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Ms. Palmer’s Other Voices column (Aug. 5) is her opinion, and just that. Instead of substantiating her opinion about the Iraq war with actual arguments, she both mislabels those who disagree with her and gives no compelling reasons to agree with our present administration, which reduces her column to a rant.

To characterize Americans who protest the Iraq war as “lesser men and women” is itself un-American. Instead of blindly following our leaders, as a U.S. citizen it is my responsibility to educate myself when forming opinions about decisions government makes. A participatory government like ours requires this of its citizenry for our government to be “by the people.” Since she characterizes views opposing hers on the Iraq war as that of a Utopian pacifist, Ms. Palmer is using an easy cop-out extremist language type of communication devoid of any meaningful arguments.

To her question why those who now protest did not protest other wars, thinking people are able to discern differences in conflicts. She should study other wars in which we have involved ourselves – Vietnam for instance. Ms. Palmer’s generation lost no one in that conflict. Not all wars are black and white as is implied by her.

Tom Dyer

Grass Valley


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