Sadism begins with ‘Sad’ |

Sadism begins with ‘Sad’

Pamela Biery

The gruesome murder of Nick Berg seems a tragic though predictable event based on American military actions in Iraq. If Americans are in Iraq on a misguided, poorly managed mission, expect more of the same. Violence begets violence, with many very young lives caught in the balance.

The notion that the war in Iraq can be made right by an American presence is a logical fallacy; proceeding forward from any wrong action worsens the mistake. Isn’t this becoming obvious? As much as I would like to accept American culpability for destruction in Iraq, staying jeopardizes many lives and further polarizes the United States from most of the world.

But I’m not a veteran or a soldier or a politician, so allow me to defer to someone who is all these things, Senator John Kerry. On April 23, 1971, he made a statement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, representing the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. In this statement he asks, “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?”

Pamela Biery

Penn Valley

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