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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)

Friday, October 08, 2004

Bill Kumbier Letter 10/08/04

Dear Editor,

For many of us who are caught up in the heat of the presidential candidates’debates and verbal sparring, the political climate before the war in Iraq began may be hard to remember. For some of us, that time was one of great anxiety over whether President Bush would work in good faith with the United Nations, whether he would exhaust all diplomatic solutions before engaging in a costly, pre-emptive war, and whether his administration could assure us that Iraq possessed WMDs and was primed to use them. A vocal minority of us opposed going to war because we felt President Bush had not done these things and, because he had not, I was dismayed when so many in Congress—and not only John Kerry and John Edwards!—authorized him, prematurely, to use force.

Therefore, it is decisive for me that Kerry and Edwards have taken a strong, clear stand against Bush’s handling of the war. If one wants to call that "flip-flopping" or "inconsistent," fine: as far as I’m concerned, though, it shows thoughtful willingness to be open to new information and new findings, such as those revealed this week that Iraq, in fact, had no WMDs and that UN sanctions, indeed, were working to contain Saddam Hussein. I would rather have a president who faces the truth than the current administration, which seems hell-bent on denying realities that grow more and more horrific with each new bomb blast, each new beheading and each new American or Iraqi death.

William Kumbier


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