I just don’t buy it when I hear that Russia, China and France are suddenly appearing concerned with global peace. None of these countries are pacifist countries. Russia had no problem using military force against Chechen subjects. It backed the Serbs during their genocidal ambitions in the ’90s. It even sent its military into Serbia to greet American troops who were sent to halt the slaughter of Bosnians and ethnic Albanians by Bill Clinton (of all people).
China has a closet full of skeletons, particularly Taiwan, whom China refers to with sentiments close to those expressed by Saddam when speaking of Kuwait.
And France? Their love of peace follows one of the most repressive and predatory imperialist histories in modern times. They went to bed with Dien Bien Fu in Indochina; they have chummed up to Leonid Brezhnev and Saddam; and Emperor Jacques himself ran for re-election mainly to preserve his immunity from prosecution on charges of corruption. France’s diplomatic efforts are preoccupied with extracting prestige and advantage from the United States and Britain’s difficulties.
Germany’s Gerhard Schroeder rejected military intervention in Iraq just weeks before his re-election; the opposite conservative party rediscovered their support for America a week after the elections were over.
All this points to a political opposition, not a moral one. It is aimed at suppressing American influence wherever possible, even if it means supporting a dictator in the Middle East. Anti-Americanism is not a result of current U.S. policy but has been festering since the end of World War II.
In a recent letter to the editor, Gerry Vanderbeek’s statement, “the community’s grassroots success in forcing Red Feather development to a public vote” seemed misleading and inaccurate. It appears to me that he is suggesting that if we vote no on the annexation, we will stop development of an open space that we all would like to see stay as it is.
Red Feather will be developed, regardless of the outcome of the vote later this year. (Steve Smith’s commentary piece in Wednesday’s paper should be required reading by all voters before they cast their ballot. Check it out again.)
The county has already approved Red Feather for low-density, high-priced housing. This will be done if we deny the annexation. Is this what we want? The city’s plan is for a more dense, yet much more affordable housing project. As Steve said, the same roads and infrastructure will be there regardless of the density, so let’s do something that will provide more opportunity for people to live and work here in town.
I am a fourth-generation resident of Glenwood and would prefer that this land remain a wide-open pasture, but reality says that development of some type will take place. We must decide what is best for the community as a whole. A vote against annexation and changing the urban growth boundary is not a vote to stop development.
Don’t forget what happened just a few years ago when the citizens voted to keep the airport open, thinking that there would be no development. We now have numerous houses in Park East and Cardiff Glen surrounding the airstrip, and there were many angry people calling City Hall asking why those houses were being built.
Please look at all of the facts before voting, and remember that somebody owns this property and will develop it one way or another. We as citizens will get to decide which way is best.
What do you call “shock and awe” bombing tactics? Terrorism.
What do you call killing 500,000 people with thousands of bombs? Genocide.
What do you call bombing suspected biological, chemical or nuclear sites? Suicide.
What do you call naming countries “evil?” Provocation.
What do you call unleashing the fury of our enemies around the world? Madness.
What do you call ignoring national and international pleas for diplomacy? A dictatorship.
What do you call old men sending young people to start a war for a questionable cause? Murderers.
What do you call the United States if we force the world into a war? A pariah.
What do you call bankrupting the United States’ economy to fund an unprovoked invasion? Theft.
What do you call bullying and paying countries to support us and house our troops? Bribery.
What do you call targeting the wrong person for retribution? Scapegoating.
What do you call rushing into a pre-emptive war after deploying thousands of troops? Saving face.
What do we call ourselves if we do nothing to stop this madness? Complicit.
An authority on war making, Reich-Marshall Hermann Goering of Nazi Germany said at the Nuremberg war crimes trials: “Naturally the common people don’t want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine the policy.
“It is always a simple matter to drag people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country.”
As Tom Brokaw of NBC News says, “In his own words.” It seems eerily familiar.
Lorenz T. “Marty” Martensen
Many Americans seem to have the same issue as Mr. Cerise. They want to equate support of our troops with agreeing with our misguided leadership.
Many of us who think that this impending war is idiocy have served in the military and have seen the cost of folly up close and personal. It is not, as some writers here have charged, disloyalty, loving terrorists, nor are we communists.
We are American citizens who wonder why a president who stole an election, declared a mandate to rape the environment and lead corporate looters on a mad charge against the treasury, should also lead us into a born-again religious war for oil.
There is a strong message in the unwillingness of old allies and most of the rest of the world to go along with Bush’s plan. We alone will pay endlessly in blood and dollars for his crusade of religious arrogance, ignorance and conquest.
Our nation is built on the idea that we publicly debate such issues as to whether to engage in war. The world roundly criticized and condemned the intelligent and educated people of Germany, who, in 1933, failed to stop the madness that enveloped their nation and ultimately the world.
This impending war has far more danger to the world than World War II ever did. The potential use of the touted weapons of mass destruction by all sides should give everyone pause. Those of us who doubt our leadership are every bit as loyal as those who blindly follow.
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