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We cannot escape responsibility for actions

We cannot escape

responsibility for actions

Thanks to Lorraine Webb and Utah Phillips for their penetrating articles about our country’s impending invasion of Iraq. And to the writer who suggested those opposing the president’s war should leave the country, I say buy YOURSELF a one-way ticket, sir, for you degrade the very values on which this country was founded.

Readers still believing in America1s moral superiority should read the San Francisco Chronicle article (Jan. 13) relating our use of 640,000 pounds of highly radioactive uranium in the Gulf War. This nuclear waste has a half-life of 4.5 BILLION years, and since 1991 the childhood cancer rate in Iraq has risen five-fold.

But this is simply a first installment on the horror to come, for our military fully intends to use copious amounts of uranium in the upcoming war (as we did in Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia).

Regarding war, a wise man once referred to veterans as the “tip of the candle.” That is, soldiers only act out the policies of their people. Personally, we cannot escape responsibility for OUR actions. The time is here, friends. Please, become active in the face of evil. Reject this onslaught of horror being perpetrated in your name.

William Larsen

Nevada City

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