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Serving our country

In Sarah Palmer’s (Other Voices column), “The better among us fight for peace,” she questions the patriotism of Americans when they oppose the invasion of Iraq.

If Americans could not question our leader’s policies, we would be living in a fascist state. Palmer’s quote about “… war is not the ugliest of things” is shallow when compared to “War is hell!” declared by a military officer. Our armed forces must only be used when negotiation fails and the cause is just. Because there was no threat to America, the invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the “war on terrorism” and has killed thousands of Iraqi civilians.

Unlike President Clinton, who had the support of our NATO allies and the U.N. when he committed troops to stop the bloodbaths in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bush unilaterally conducted a pre-empted strike against a defenseless Iraq. Ironically, the Republicans in Congress threatened to cut off any funds in support of Clinton’s military policy even when our cause was honorable and just – the first time a commander-in-chief was so threatened.

Because of Palmer’s militaristic views, I would expect her to put college on hold and serve in Iraq with other brave American fighting men and women.

Chuck Idler

Penn Valley

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