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Letter: War and politicians

This Memorial Day, think what your candidates say about war.

After being in Vietnam last month, where we visited several Vietnam-War-era prisons and saw what war brings and human beings can do to each other, I suggest voters inform themselves on what their presidential and Congressional candidates’ positions are on war, torture and military buildup.

Politicians who are pro-war and armament buildup say that’s the way to protect the country. I don’t know how many more examples we need to see of war failures that this country has started and engaged in. These wars have made this country only more exposed to terrorists and radicals by giving them more tools for recruiting.

Peace is a delicate matter, and only countries that really nurture it can be called “great.” Countries, like the U.S., that spend their money on wars and armament and supporting thousands of military bases around the world, just in case, instead of providing universal health care and college tuition like many poorer countries do, still have a long way to go to be called great.

So let’s take seriously what these candidates say about these issues, because Vietnam and Iraq can happen again.

In honor of the thousands of U.S. soldiers and millions of Vietnamese who died during the Vietnam-American War.

Veronica Whitney

Carbondale


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