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Dear Editor,

Greetings of Peace and Joy to all for this holiday season.

When President Bush was asked during his presidential campaign about the guiding principle for his personal life and his presidency, he answered that before making any major decision he asked the question “What would Jesus do?”



What would Jesus do, specifically about going to war with Iraq? I am no expert, but there is no doubt that Christ’s message throughout the ages boils down to “Love your enemies”! These are still words to live by, so simple but so tough to bring into practice.

Jesus also urged his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself.” The world today is indeed a Global Village, with all humanity as our neighbor, including Iraq! A war against Iraq cannot be justified as an extension of the “War on Terror” in which we are dealing with faceless enemies operating in shadows, inspired by evil and hellbent on the destruction of our democratic and open society. I fully support the president’s policy to bring the perpetrators of 9/11 to justice, to hunt them down to the ends of the earth! But, while Saddam Hussein richly deserves the civilized world’s wrath, he has not been connected to 9/11 and the sad reality is that the principal victims of war would be innocent Iraqi men, women and children.



Please consider the gross injustice in the inequality of the terms of war: For the people of Iraq, war would be hell right in their face with fathers, mothers and children having their limbs blown off, losing life, home and kin. In contrast on the U.S. side the war would be “surgical and antiseptic” with daily briefings, broadcast on CNN, FOX etc., complete with commentary by armchair generals discussing video clips of a war waged with hi-tech , long-distance weapons and with minimum loss of U.S. life and materiel.

Of course, there would be no detailed and close up images of the havoc, blood and gore on the ground. That would be bad taste and bad for business! Such a war would be unconscionable, unacceptable and unworthy of the high moral principles on which our nation was founded.

I fervently hope that the president will heed the voices of the millions of patriotic American dissenters and many more millions in countries across the world who are peacefully protesting his war policies and that he will decide to step back from the brink of war!

May Peace and Justice prevail.

Sincerely,

Gerry Vanderbeek

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

America needs a body count of its enemy casualties.

We are being deprived of important information when major media sources and the U.S. military collude to prevent the dissemination of enemy war tolls.

When Americans are kept unaware of the number of people we kill, maim, starve, deprive of shelter or poison, our nation becomes a mindless killer, without conscience.

When the damage inflicted to the environment, agricultural fields, water sources, schools, churches, sanitation, power, and communication systems are hidden to us, our actions become thoughtless.

We are viewed as a brute by nations whose media is not controlled as carefully as ours.

They don’t realize the American public is not receiving accurate war toll information; thus we are seen as a soulless society that condones atrocities and those who are pressured by social and economic injustice target us.

Hopefully yours in awareness,

John Hoffmann

Carbondale


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