Letters to the Editor

War: Protestors aren't cowards

I must take exception to Sharon M. Johnson’s provocative remarks about the individuals who protest the impending Iraq war, describing them as “Coupeville cowards waving signs of appeasement for our enemies” (Letters, March 5). The comments are completely out of line in addition to being as wrong they can be.

These patriots are hardly cowards (do cowards take a public stand for their principles?). Nor are they “appeasing our enemies,” but are exercising their First Amendment right: “The right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

They are doing just that, eloquently and without derision toward those who don’t support their particular ideology.

These are the same amendments that Ms. Johnson’s family and mine fought and died for in World War II. It’s a well-learned history lesson and one that Ms. Johnson may have lost on her journey toward her dogmatic point of view.

As Americans we are ever vigilant of the malevolent evil Saddam represents. We understand that he must be dealt with at some level, independently, however, killing and manipulating the innocents of Iraq, the very ones we are “trying to save” makes no sense at all unless of course oil is the gold we want and not really Saddam, but our government wouldn’t lie about a thing like that, would it?

Arlene West House


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