I recently visited the glorious Traverse City area and met a lot of great
folks at your local peace march. My congratulations to them for speaking up.
During my travels I hear various justification for war. Hitler is one of
Hitler was not the sharpest knife in the drawer. What he did have was
attitude. He could walk up to the podium and proclaim that he had a solution
to Germany‘s problems.
He selected an easily identifiable enemy. He said if you will kill that
enemy, that is a good thing. He then said that if you kill other enemies,
that will be even better. And the majority of the German people cheered and
followed their leader and began the killing. And the ultimate goal was to
take over the world and make it a better place.
I give my whole hearted support to those who oppose war. I am one of them.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, in 1954 said, “Every gun that is made, every warship
launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft -- from
those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of
laborers, the genius of scientists, and the hopes of its children.“ I agree.
Killing to solve a conflict is ignorance.
At this point in time in my life I have come to realize that there is always
a peaceful way to solve every conflict. It may take time. It may take
negotiations. It will take skill. It will take intelligence. But there is
ALWAYS a way.
People MUST SPEAK OUT and persistently demand that their leaders develop the
skill to peacefully deal with conflict. To do otherwise is to be a lemming.
Arnold Stieber Vietnam Veteran
Grass Lake, MI
A choice of two lies
If our president were a wise and intelligent man, he would certainly have found a different way to deal with Saddam, instead of putting America into a state of war as we are now. If I had to choose between the lie coming out of the oval office, “ I have not made up my mind about war,“ vs. the lie, “I did not have sex with that woman,“ I would choose the no sex with that woman one, because the price of gasoline would be a lot less, the stock market might be doing better, we would save billions of dollars that could be spent at home, and many innocent people would not be killed.
Norman Alexander Traverse City
A time for violence
Reverend Donaldson hides his head in Saddam Hussein‘s chemically contaminated, biologically mutated sand and cries, “It‘s all about our lust for oil“ (Letters 2/27). If this hackneyed, fall-back position of the pacifist appeasers contained an ounce of truth then the United States would have attacked and occupied Iraq during Desert Storm in 1990. But we did not. Rather we liberated an invaded people in Kuwait without taking so much as a liter of free oil for ourselves. The good reverend knows this, but the cry, “It‘s all about oil“ is such a sexy one, such a compelling way to deflect attention from the truth of the holocaust that Saddam has inflicted on his own people --- torture, rape, human experimentation, mass poisoning --- and to point instead a finger of accusation at President Bush, that the reverend repeats the worn-out lie.
Tell me reverend, you sound so familiar, are you related to Neville Chamberlain, maybe to François Deladier? Or are you a follower of Father Caughlin? Or are you just ignorant of the consequences that a cowardly world must pay when it appeases, not opposes, a ruthless dictator? Hitler could have been stopped if the French had come out from behind their Maginot Line to oppose his undermanned army when it marched into and occupied the Rhineland in 1936 or if England and France had not given him Czechoslovakia at the Munich Conference in September 1938. But no, appeasement was the operative word. Give him anything, just so we have “peace in our time.“ Instead of peace, we got pieces --- of broken treaties, of destroyed countries, of millions of broken lives, devastated by the most destructive war mankind has ever seen. But it was those “boys fighting those boyish wars“ that you so decry, who gave their lives for your freedom. Without their sacrifices, you‘d be goose-stepping to Deutschland Uber Allen. Thank God there were more of them than you; thank God for their courage!
World War II ended with the unconditional surrender of both Germany and Japan. If either of those countries had subsequently violated their surrender treaties with us, we would have been morally obligated to resume military action against them. And without our decision being subject to an endless debate in an ineffectual debating society. Iraq broke their treaty with us, repeatedly, over 12 years, while they accumulated horrible weapons of mass destruction. Time to remove them. So please stand aside so no shrapnel falls on your sanctimonious garments and let men who care about freedom do their jobs. Lives will be saved. Thousands of lives will be saved once this madman is put down.
Christ knew that there was a time for violence. Didn‘t he drive the money changers from the temple? I don‘t believe he suggested they leave after sending inspectors to see how many goods they had to sell and after having an endless debate with his apostles.
Francis A. Breen, Jr., M.D. Lake Leelanau
Happy Women‘s Day
March is designated as Women‘s History Month with International Women‘s Day
falling on March 8. International Women‘s Day marks the struggles of our
grandmothers and mothers to take control of their own lives and destinies
and their struggle to make the future a better place for their children.
All mothers want the best for their kids, including safe water to drink and
clean air to breathe.
When women take charge of their lives and participate in every part of
their society, their communities flourish. When they have access to
education and family planning programs, women can decide how many children
to have and when to have them. Often, this leads to healthier and smaller
families, easing the strain of our growing population on the environment.
International Women‘s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call
for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women. We
can clean up our air, ensure clean drinking water for our children and slow
our global population growth but only if we make women part of the
Martha Lancaster Harbor Springs