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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 9/18/04

Dear Editor,

Joe Jaglowitz’s 18 September letter regarding John Kerry’s military service makes it obvious that he has only listened to the Bush camp’s slanders of John Kerry rather than seeking out the truth about Kerry’s military service. Let’s be clear; the Bush camp has no interest in telling the truth about their opponent, so no truly educated voter should listen to only Bush’s version. So, let’s take a look at how Kerry recounts his military service.

Unlike many other young men at that time, John Kerry did not run away from military service. Kerry did his duty in Vietnam and was recognized not only for his service but for his heroism. Even Republican Senator John McCain has praised Kerry for his wartime service.

But Mr. Jaglowitz is correct. Kerry did change his mind about the war in Vietnam. After seeing how the conflict in Vietnam was mis-managed and seeing the atrocities committed by Americans in the name of war, Kerry decided that the war was wrong. It takes strength of character to admit a mistake. We emphasize to our children that it is better to ‘fess up when they have made mistakes. And when our children do admit their mistakes, we praise them for their courage. So, why should we not hold our president to the same standards that we hold our children?

Instead of continuing to support an Iraqi war that has been mis-managed and that has seen atrocities committed by American soldiers, John Kerry has once again shown the strength of character to admit his mistakes. This is not a “flip-flop,” as Mr. Jaglowitz claims. This is strength of character, and this is courage. And it’s time we have someone with both of those characteristics in the Oval Office.

Jude Meche
Joplin, MO


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