By Lou Ann Richardson
July 19, 2006
First, let me says thanks to Perry for her courage and convictions
in being part of the 4th of July parade and calling for an end
to this ridiculous war.
I don't normally respond to letters and commentary in Sitnews
that I don't agree with. I have always believed it's pointless
as it changes no one's mind and I don't have time for the banter
that often ensues. But I just couldn't resist this one regarding
the VW bug in the 4th of July parade. And I, like Charlotte Tanner,
greatly appreciate hearing from those who appreciate our freedoms,
understand what that means and have chosen to write letters in
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or
of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble
To suppress that which is objectionable .
Based on the "protest" letters I've seen here ..folks
are all for the freedoms our soldiers have died and continue
to do die for as long as those freedoms are limited to the ones
they agree with and are done only in certain times and places.
That's called censorship.
Wow what part of American history did you all miss???
As to the immature argument that if folks don't agree with the
war, we don't support the troops - I whole-heartedly support
our troops, I just despise the war and the false pretenses that
got us into it, unlike the war giving us our independence...
and so should you, we all should.
The reasons for our involvement in this war had nothing to do
with creating independence for Iraqi's citizens and if you believe
that, as Mr. Watson suggests in his letter, then you are naïve
about the world of politics, money, oil and power. When it became
clear that going to war with Iraq for the reasons publicly given
weren't valid, then saving Iraqi's citizens from Hussein and
creating an arena for independence became the tidy and acceptable
explanation in the hope that, U.S. citizens, like lemurs that
blindly follow each other to their death from steep cliffs, would
take up the banner of "freedom for Iraqi's" . War should
never have to be the answer for anything, but it will be, because
we are a violent culture and we've learned to get our way by
being bullies. But when it is used as such, the best way I know
to support the troops is to do whatever can be done to end the
war and bring them home. If given the choice to be home in peace,
or risk their lives every day in war, I would suspect the troops
would choose to be home with their families and loved ones in
peace. Will they do their jobs willingly and without question?
Yes. Would they rather not have to do their jobs in a war? I
would think so.
If this administration truly wanted the U.S. to espouse war for
the sake of saving the people of a country, and "protecting
our freedoms", then let's also start discussing here No.
Korea and their people's plight at the hands of Kim Jong-il
oh but wait, they really are more of a threat to us because they
really are in the process of building weapons of mass destruction,
but I don't see this administration charging in there. Or the
horror of Sudan, which has been identified as the "worst
humanitarian crisis facing the world today" and which we
Americans seem fairly comfortable ignoring because our leadership
seems fairly comfortable ignoring it. I don't see us rushing
down there to do anything about the fact that people are dying
by the millions in a horrible political arena that makes our
involvement in Iraq only more clearly about politics, money,
oil and power.
Shame on those of you who posture belief in our freedoms yet
condone and encourage censorship with your misguided "patriotism".
Those of us who protest the war can, and will, support our troops
while we also call for an end to this war for everyone's sake,
especially our soldiers and their families.
Lou Ann Richardson
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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