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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Jude Meche Letter 9/1/04

1 September 2004

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to Gerald Fowler’s self-admitted “yapping” against John Kerry and in defense of George W. Bush.

First off, it has been a long time since I was in a history class, but I clearly remember that marxism, socialism, and communism were European phenomena. Mr. Fowler should review a history textbook before firing off outrageous claims that “communism started in New York City.” A quick review of a political science text might also enlighten him to the differences between the Democratic Party’s platform and the beliefs of socialists.

But what I find far more troubling, in Mr. Fowler’s letter, are his claims about the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Mr. Fowler claims that our invasion of Iraq prevented more “9/11’s.” This would be a fine claim, if Iraq had had anything at all to do with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. However, the bi-partisan 9/11 commission determined that there was absolutely no tie between Al Queda and Saddam Hussein.

Mr. Fowler begs us to “Think about it.” So, I have. The U.S. attack on Iraq did not have any effect whatsoever on Al Queda. It did not prevent a single attack on the U.S. It did not confiscate a single weapon of mass destruction.

But there is something more that Mr. Fowler and the rest of us should think about. If President Bush had restrained his desire to wage a pointless war against Iraq and had allowed U.N. Weapons Inspectors to do their jobs, over 900 American families would be whole today. Hundreds of American parents would still be able to hug their children. Hundreds of children would still get good-night kisses from their parents. And hundreds of widows and widowers would still have their spouses at their sides.

Before Mr. Fowler and President Bush congratulate themselves over the way they’ve re-shaped Iraq, they should pause, if for only a minute, to think about how they’ve re-shaped nearly 1,000 American families. No one should dare to be so smug about going to war. Think about that.

Jude Meche


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